Using a Corn Zipper


Although I like beans and peas best from a frozen state, I like to can my corn. It saves some room in the freezer, but it also saves some work in my estimation as compared to blanching and cooling whole cobs of corn.

I use this Corn Zipper to take off one row at a time. It gets a little complicated as you can imagine when the rows aren’t straight. Some are. Some aren’t. It makes me curious why that is.

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Corn rows

 

With this variety of corn the deepness of the color (darker yellow is more ripe), the light yellow color of the cornsilk (as opposed to brown), the shape of the end of the cob (round is full) is what tells me how far along it is in maturation.

 

You have to hold the Zipper at the right angle which gets tough on the wrist after a few dozen cobs. It is a marvelous little device for taking the kernels off though, if you don’t have a big volume.

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Corn cob being zippered

 

 

My first 3 dozen made quite a big pile. I got about 36 cups worth.

I don’t really like the waste as there’s still a bit left on each one.

 

Hubby got the job of pulling the Cornsilk off. Did you know that Cornsilk has usefull purposes too (what doesn’t!)? I remember that is good for the bladder, kidney stones, reduces swelling, etc. I realize that we often overlook some of the most beneficial parts of the plants we have. We have just become accustomed to doing things that way. Time for a change I think, chew, chew, choke..very stringy. It  goes down very well when you eat a few kernels with it. Actually it’s used medicinally as a tea, but I always eat it raw when it’s handy. Logically I don’t think a small amount can hurt when it’s stuck right into the kernels by nature herself.

My corn is so sweet and good I wonder why I even cook it, but when I do it isn’t for more than 2 minutes. Cooking it doesn’t make it any more tender. The sooner you cook it after it comes from the garden the better. I know a fanatical friend who goes out to the corn for it while the water is boiling. I don’t like things boiling when I’m not around. You won’t ever get that kind of fresh from a store or a road-side marketer.

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Younger corn on left, older corn on right.

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If you had this much corn what would you do with it?

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7 Responses to “Using a Corn Zipper”

  1. Anna-Marie White says:

    Oh no no nooooo too much work too much work! Ok imagine this. Electric Knife. Four long strokes. 20 SECONDS. DONE. Tops. Zero effort. Gravity. Just stand it on end and zip away; It just falls off the cob in nice clean little walls of corn, sigh!
    Never never do this again. LOL. Ever. You will kill your wrists.
    Now you might need to sharpen your knife blades when you’re done but I have done 36 dozen this way.

  2. Anna-Marie White says:

    In one session.

  3. Naomi says:

    So, in the end, would you recommend the corn zipper?

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