How To Separate Corn Kernels Without Making A Huge Mess

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There seems to be no good way to get corn kernels off the cob. Most “hacks” involve precariously balancing an ear of corn in a bowl, slicing them off, and hoping you don’t slip and slice a finger along the way. Sometimes the bowl catches every last kernel, but more often than not, you get to chase down all the ones that didn’t make it — if you’re not already on your way to the emergency room.

One solution to this problem is fully committing to the corn on the cob lifestyle, but that would mean abandoning wonderful things like corn fritters, corn chowder, and other scrumptious corn dishes. For those times when you truly need to separate kernel from cob, let Ina Garten show you how it’s done:

Instead of a bowl, she uses a sheet pan lined with a clean towel to catch the falling kernels. The sheet pan provides a wider landing zone than any bowl. The towel keeps the kernels from bouncing all over creation, stabilises the cob for safer slicing AND makes it super easy to transfer the corn to a bowl or pot.

It’s the perfect solution to a very specific — and very annoying — problem, allowing you to get out there and live your best corn life.


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    Or, just cut the ear in half in the middle, so the pieces have a flat end each to stand on, then do the same side cuts much more safely because the halves stand up more stably. This also works for fresh uncooked corn.

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