Easy Tip for Getting Corn Off the Cob

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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.

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

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.

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Easy Tip for Getting Corn Off the Cob

Ingredients

  • 1 cob of corn

Special equipment:

  • 1 bundt pan

Method

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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Elise Bauer

Elise Bauer is the founder of Simply Recipes. Elise launched Simply Recipes in 2003 as a way to keep track of her family's recipes, and along the way grew it into one of the most popular cooking websites in the world. Elise is dedicated to helping home cooks be successful in the kitchen. Elise is a graduate of Stanford University, and lives in Sacramento, California.

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  1. Galina

    I don’t have a bunt pan but the bowl part of my salad spinner has a similar shape and that worked well. Thanks for the idea!

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  2. Lori

    This is ingenious! I just googled how to get corn off the cob and was somewhat suspect of the technique but it worked perfectly. Thank you!!

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  3. Carol

    Worked great! I ended up flipping the cob over putting the shank through the bunt hole. I will pass on this method to family and friends.

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  4. Mike Walsh

    I put mine in a lathe.

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  5. katie mccoy

    This worked so well! Not only was it easy to strip the corn off the cob but my almost 14 year old son enjoyed doing it. That was worth mentioning the method right there! And all those kernels that fly all over were in the bundt pan. We put the pan in the sink – it was right at the right level to work. Lovely. I’ve tried lots of differnt tools and methods and this was by far the best. And who cares who came up with the idea first? This is the one that came up in a search (and you can’t get on the CI site without paying for it – even if you have a subscription which stinks). I did a quick search and didn’t see any other pictures of Chiarello doing this although I saw one other mention of his method. He’s the only one who eever thought of this? That was kind of a snarky comment. And although it is probably easier to get a grip on the cob if it’s cut in half, those kernels are still flying around instead of landing in a pan. Thanks, Elise.

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