After Seeing Method To Shuck Corn Perfectly Every Time, I’ll Never Try Another Way Again

Updated June 27, 2017

Now that summer barbecue season is in full swing, it’s time for us to buy lots of corn and cook it on the grill. There’s just something delicious in the seared taste of corn on the cob. I love it. You love. We all love it. But while it may taste wonderful, shucking the corn husk can be an annoying and time consuming task. If you don’t have young children to delegate the task to, then you’re stuck doing it yourself. And who has time for that? In the video below, you’ll discover a cool way to remove the corn husk in a matter of minutes. Check it out below and learn the best way to shuck corn.

When America’s Test Kitchen strives to figure out the best method to do something, they try every possible idea. Shucking corn was no different. While the standard mode of doing it requires peeling the husk and the strings from the cob, we all know this is laborious work. After much research and testing, the chefs in America’s Test Kitchen discovered the following fool-proof method.

Use your microwave to quickly shuck corn. More than 1.5 million people have watched their educational YouTube video. Here’s what needs to happen to better shuck corn.

First cut off some of the stalk end. Slice about an inch above the last row of kernels. Then place your corn on the cob on a microwave safe plate and microwave it for about 2 to 4 minutes depending on the strength of your oven.

When it’s finished, carefully grab the corn by the uncut end. It will be hot, so be careful. Then shake the corn back and forth while squeezing it down. Right then and there, the corn will slide out of the husk, completely silk-free.

More than a million people were attracted to the video, which is described as follows: “Looking for an easy way to shuck corn on the cob? Here’s a simple and clean technique to remove stubborn silk and pesky husks with this simple nuke-and-shake method. Shucking and preparing corn won’t ever be a chore again.”

Here were some comments from viewers like you:

“Don’t know why you don’t just completely whole husk and nuke the cobb.  I’ve done this for years.  The microwave steams the corn sugars (caramelizing) and starch (nuttiness), and the bugs come screaming out (if any remain …), the cobb itself streams up and expands, leaving the corn kernels all steamed on all sides.  THEN, cut the stalk end and shuck.”

Some people are not that impressed:

“So instead of taking 30 seconds per ear, you now take 2 minutes per ear.  Way to go!”

“This method wastes more time, corn and energy (electric bill). It is especially impractical if you need to shuck more than a dozen, two dozen ears for a family or large crowd. Get off your lazy butts and shuck them by hand!”

Are you annoyed by the chore? Do you think you’ll try this shortcut to corn shucking?

Please CONTRIBUTE YOUR THOUGHTS in the comments and see what other home cooks are saying!