How long to boil corn on the cob. The time for which to boil corn depends on what type of corn you want to eat. But, nobody wants the corn to come out too soft or uncooked. So, the length of time for which to boil corn on the cob is actually a range. In general, if you boil the corn for 8 to 12 minutes, it should come out nice and chewy. If you are preparing corn specially for a baby, it ought to be boiled for long. With experience of cooking, you will be able to dish out the perfectly boiled corn that is soft enough for a baby.
There is another way to boil corn that seems to be the simplest and easiest. In this method, you do as follows.
- Put adequate water in a pan.
- Bring it to boil.
- Then dip in the fresh corn with all the extras ( silk etc ) removed.
- Then the water will start to boil only after some time.
- That’s when you stop the boiling. Shut off the heat and let the corn soaked in the water till it cools off just enough for you eat.
This technique helps you to boil corn without actually looking at a watch. Another technique that some people adopt is to take out a small corn and chew it. If it is the softness you want, turn off the heat . Else you can continue boiling the corn for 2 more minutes.
Sweetness of the corn : A desirable quality of corn on the cob is its sweetness. Since we use only sweet corn for eating it in this form, it should be sweet enough. For this purpose , people put in sugar to the boiling water. Make sure that you have dissolved the sugar well before soaking the corn in. The longer you boil the corn, it will slowly turn less sweet. So, if you want it to be less sweet, cook it for few more minutes.
Therefore, you see that to get a good combination of “sweetness” and “softness” , corn should be boiled for not more than 20 minutes.
How long to boil corn on the cob at high altitudes ? It takes little longer to boil corn at high altitudes. This is because water starts to boil at a lower temperature and the corn doesn’t get much heat. However, if you are using a pressure cooker, this should not be a problem.
How long to boil frozen corn ? I would suggest 15 minutes . This much time is just fine to get you tasty sweet corn. A very useful tip while boiling corn is to note for a characteristic maize smell. This sweet smell is a marker that corn on the cob is prepared.
After your corn on the cob is taken out , just add butter, sprinkle salt and black pepper. If you like, add condiments and spices to it. And enjoy your sweet, soft and chewy corn on the cob.