Ontario Corn | We Aren’t Shucking Around

The sun is shining and the BBQs are ablaze. This means you can get creative when it comes to preparing that fresh, sweet corn you just picked up! Here is an easy way to get the corn you love straight off the BBQ and into your mouth.

1. Soak your ears of corn in a pot of cool water for 15 min. Make sure you keep the husks on.
2. Place on grill over medium-high heat
3. Cook for about 15-20 min. Make sure you turn them every few minutes to ensure they are cooked evenly

If you want, you have the option to cook them out of the husk and instead wrap the ear in tinfoil. This option takes about 10 minutes.

There are tons and tons and tons of way to enjoy corn. You can eat it just as, put it in a salad or a soup. Here is a simple and delicious recipe to turn that corn into a delicious salsa that can be used as a dip or served on top of grilled chicken or fish. 

4 ears Sweet corn, fire-roasted
3 tomatoes, seeded and diced to 1/4″ ( you can get these from the local market!)
3 Jalepenos, fire-roasted, seeded, and diced to 1/4″
2 medium Avocados (just shy of ripe), diced to 1/4″
1 can Black beans, rinsed and drained
1 Red bell pepper, fire-roasted, seeded, and diced to 1/4″
1 medium Red onion, diced to 1/4″
1/3 cup Cilantro, chopped fine (optional)
2 Limes, juiced
2 Tbsp Extra virgin olive oil
3 Tbsp Apple cider vinegar
2 tsp Kosher salt
2 tsp Ground chipotle
2 tsp Ground cumin
1 tsp Granulated garlic
In a large mixing bowl, cut the corn off of the cob.
Add the remaining ingredients (avocados last) and mix well.
Refrigerate for at least two hours


Ontario Corn | The Sooner the Better

Farmers and chefs unanimously agree that in order to take advantage of fresh, local, sweet corn, it should be consumed within 2 days or purchasing it. Depending on the type of corn, you might have a little bit more wiggle room. If you purchased supersweet or sugar enhanced variety, it can still taste sweet after 10 days.

When storing your corn before consumption, keep it in the refrigerator, but make sure you keep it in the husk!

Ontario Corn | How to Pick the Perfect Ear

So you are at your local farmer’s market looking into a huge container of corn and you are a tad overwhelmed not knowing which lucky ears will be coming home with you. Fear no more! Here are some tips to make sure yours will be the sweetest kernels of all!

1.  Ripe corn should have a bright green husk
2. The silk of the corn (that is the hair underneath the husk) should be stiff, dark and moist
3. When you press on the ear,over the husk, you should be able to feel the individual kernels
4. In a perfect world, you should eat your corn the day you picked it up from the farmers market. The natural sugars produced from the corn decline each day since it was picked.

Ontario Corn | We Don’t Mean to be Corny

Betcha didn’t know that corn is grown on every continent except Antarctica and that over 800 million tons are produced annually!

Just one ear of corn is filled with 600 kernels, thats a lot of popcorn!

There are quite the variety of uses for corn, it’s not just to fill your tummy.
Some interesting uses include toothpaste, fuel, petfood, sorbitol (a sweetener for just about everything), even bioplastics!

So the next time you are at your local farmers market picking up some fresh corn for the family, just think about all the incredible things this vegetable is able to accomplish.

Pick of the Crop | Ontario Corn | Leave the Husk On For Best Flavour

Do you husk your corn before taking it home from the market?

We’re not sure why people do this.  Maybe because they don’t want the mess of this at home?

Whatever the reason, we suspect these corn lovers don’t know that the husk is what keeps corn fresh and moist.  As soon as you remove the husk from the corn it begins to dry out and lose it’s flavour.

So even if you are planning to eat your newly purchased corn this evening, you can preserve it’s full flavour and freshness by leaving the husk on until you are ready to prepare this.