Easy Tip for Getting Corn Off the Cob

A method for easily and cleanly getting corn kernels off of a cob, using a bundt pan to catch hold the corn cob and catch the kernels.

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Lots of recipes (creamed corn, corn chowder, corn salad) require stripping the corn kernels away from the cob. In practice, it’s a bit tricky as the corn cob can slip from its position, and the kernels can go flying all over the place. I don’t know where I first heard of this trick of using a bundt pan, but it’s great for helping to steady the corn cob and to catch the kernels as they come off the cob.

Easy Tip for Getting Corn Off the Cob



To remove corn kernels from the cob using a bundt pan, stand the shucked corn cob upright, with the tip of cob placed in the center hole of the bundt pan.

Holding the cob steady, use a sharp knife and make long downward strokes on the cob, separating the kernels from the cob.

Many bundt pans have a stick-free interior. If this is the case with yours, be careful not to scratch the interior of the pan with your knife. If the knife scratches around the edges of the bundt pan hole, that shouldn't be a problem, as when you use a bundt pan baking, this area doesn't usually come in contact with the cake batter. (Note from the comments, you can tuck a paper towel or dish towel into the hole to protect the pan.)

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  • Mike Walsh

    I put mine in a lathe.

  • Linda

    Here’s a new idea. . .

    Take a clean nail and pound it through a wooden cutting board, then place the corn cob on the nail, then use a knife to cut the corn off the cob. The nail should help hold the cob steady for you. I read this idea somewhere but didn’t read about it until after I finished freezing a bushel of corn. Of course, this idea does not solve the issue of corn flying around while you are cutting it off the cob.

  • Jess

    Here’s one better than using that huge knife (not that I dislike knives at all) Kuhn Rikon Corn Zipper, Stainless. I’ve bought these as gifts for two family members who can’t or won’t eat corn off of the cob, but love the taste of it.

  • Paul

    I’ve been using this method for a while, Elise, and love it. I think I got it from Cook’s Magazine. Whatever the source, I also learned at the same time to use a serrated knife. I use a large bread knife and find it’s much more controllable and cleaner.

    Thanks as always for sharing great information and recipes.

    Great idea on the serrated knife, thanks Paul! ~Elise

  • Mitchell Webster

    Growing up we used a knife to strip the corn off the cob, however in recent years I have been using the slicing blade meant for potatoes on a Box Grater, this elemenates a lot of the flying around the kitchen of kernels and makes short order of the job, I can have several dozen ears done in a couple of minutes.

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Easy Tip for Getting Corn Off the Cob