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How to Easily Cut Corn Kernels Off Cob

With the end-of-summer corn harvest in full swing, we’re making lots of salads and chowders, casseroles and sautés that all call for fresh corn kernels as an ingredient in the recipe.

But, if you’ve ever tried to cut fresh corn kernels off the cob – it can be difficult! The corn cob is hard to hold still while you’re cutting the kernels off, and when you DO cut the kernels off – they go bouncing all over the cutting board and counter top, and even all over the kitchen floor! So we’re showing you a trick to get those fresh corn kernels off the cob without cutting yourself and making a mess of your kitchen.

You just need a bundt pan (yes – a bundt pan is the perfect tool to use for this task!) and a sharp knife.

After you’ve husked your corn, stand one end of the corn cob on the middle of the bundt pan.  The hole in the middle of the pan allows you to hold the corn cob securely so you can easily cut the corn kernels off the cob.

How to Cut Corn off the Cob - A Family Feast

With a sharp knife, cut the kernels off from top to bottom.

How to Cut Corn off the Cob - A Family Feast

Repeat all the way around the cob – and did you notice that all of the kernels have landed inside the bowl of the bundt pan instead of all over your kitchen floor?

How to Cut Corn off the Cob - A Family Feast

We’re sure you’ll find it so much easier to cut fresh corn kernels off the cob with this easy trick!

You may like these recipes made with fresh corn:

Sunday Cooking Lesson: How to Easily Cut Fresh Corn Kernels Off the Cob - A Family Feast


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  • Jeff wrote:

    After cutting corn kernels from the cob, scrape the cob with the edge of a spoon (or the backside of the knife if you’re careful) to release the remaining nectar contained next to the cob. It really adds to the sweetness!

    • Martha wrote:

      Great idea Jeff! Thanks for sharing!

  • Dan Froemming wrote:

    Buy a $3 corn stripper from a hardware store. insert a 3/8 inch bit into your drill. Insert the drill bit into the butt of the corn cob. Run it in reverse. Do it at a slow speed so the corn doesn’t get mushy. You can strip many corn cobs in minutes.

    • Martha wrote:

      Great idea Dan! Thanks for sharing!

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