The Best Fresh Corn Tricks Ever Plus More Great Reader Tips!

Last week’s mail certainly proved my theory that we have the best expert community going on here at Everyday Cheapskate. Even better, we’re willing to share. As an added bonus, three of today’s tipsters included photos with their tips!




I wish to share a sweet corn trick with you and your readers that allows one to cook fresh corn in the husk, in the microwave. I am including a few photos to demonstrate. Dick

  1. Cut through the husk right up to—not through—the cob at the stem end (where the ear was attached to the stalk), and all the way around.
  2. Microwave on high, 3 minutes per ear. Example, if you have two ears, microwave for 6 minutes.
  3. Remove from microwave carefully, then grasp and pull the corn right out of the husks. 
  4. No muss, no hairy corn silk!


Preparing fresh corn on the cob is quick and easy in an Instant Pot. Pour one cup cold water in the pressure cooker. Set the trivet in place, then place four ears of shucked and cleaned fresh corn-on-the-cob on the trivet. Close the lid and cook at High Pressure for 2 minutes no matter how many ears you are cooking. Turn off the heat and Quick Release. Open the lid carefully. Serve immediately with butter. Fresh corn- on-the-cob comes out perfect every time! Rob


I use a Bundt pan to slice corn kernels off the cob. Place the pointy end of the cob on the center hole of the pan (with the open part of the pan facing up) and gently slice downward. The Bundt pan does double duty as both a stand and kernel collector. Cathryn


Instead of paying $6.95 for the cute little terra cotta Brown Sugar Saver I spied in a fancy kitchen store, I headed to Home Depot garden center and found a tiny 3-inch unsealed terra cotta saucer for 50 cents and followed the same instructions: Soak the disk in water for 30 minutes. Snuggle it into your brown sugar and it will stay soft for up to six months per soak. Mine might not be quite as cute but it works like a charm! Jody




There’s no need to buy a fancy strawberry huller gadget. Just use an ordinary plastic drinking straw to hull strawberries. Wash the berry then push the straw up through the bottom of a strawberry until it breaks through the top and takes the hull—the white part in the center of the berry—with it. Remove any remaining leaves as necessary. This works really well. It’s fun, too! Rhonda


Last year, I began the process of “purging” one kitchen drawer or cupboard at a time. I purchased a double rollout shelf (similar to this and this) for one of my lower cabinets to organize containers, pitchers, thermos’ on one level and foil and plastic wrap on the other. What a joy it is to pull that shelf out to see and easily reach every item. I’m enclosing a photo to demonstrate. I highly recommend cabinet roll-out shelves! Janine


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7 replies
  1. Harlean Greathouse
    Harlean Greathouse says:

    I use this method for my corn. And when corn gets cheap in season, I buy a couple dozen ears. I trim irt ready for the microwave, wrap each ear separately in plastic wrap, and pop it in the freezer. No blanching necessary. It is the closest I have to fresh corn I have ever eaten When you remove it from the freezer, let it thaw a little and microwave it.

  2. 505badgolfer
    505badgolfer says:

    To keep brown sugar moist, I use the little moisture holding devices that are used to keep tobacco from drying out. I think you can get them for about 50 cents each. Just go to any cigar store.

  3. Judy Swanson
    Judy Swanson says:

    We have used the microwave corn method for years and love it. We share the process with friends and they are amazed! Especially how “all” the silks are so easily removed. One difference is that we cook our ears 4 minutes per ear. I fear 3 wouldn’t cook large ears completely. We usually cook 4 ears at a time for 16min. Saves water, power to boil the water and the time and mess of taking all those husks and silk off prior to cooking. NOTE: when buying the corn, only buy the full husked corn not the ones the produce department takes part of the husks off of to make them look prettier. You need that husk to hold the moisture in while cooking. If you don’t see any full husked options, ask your produce guy if there are any in the back you could buy. Chances there are lots of them in the back waiting to be made pretty! Also use oven mitts with rubber grips to make the husk peeling from burning your hands because the ears will behot and steamy to handle out of the microwave. You are gonna love this method-GUARANTEED!

  4. Kathy
    Kathy says:

    An additional hint on the microwave corn, which we do regularly because it is so easy, is to soak the ears in a sink or bucket of water for at least half-an hour prior to microwaving. This keeps the corn moist.

    • mfk8
      mfk8 says:

      I don’t know about the item but an easier method (and cheaper) is to put 1/4 of a apple in the jar/box with the brown sugar. Leave it there for a day or two. The sugar will remain soft and easily usable.


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