King of the Corn

grilled corn on the cob from myrecipes.com

When I think about summer cookouts I think pasta salad and corn on the cob. As a kid it was often my job to shuck the corn before tossing it into the steamer. Smothering on the butter and sprinkling on the salt made for the most delicious combination of sweet and savory. I hardly minded all the corn-hair that got stuck in my teeth.

Today, I tend to skip the butter and salt and just enjoy the au-natural sweetness of the corn itself. Maybe it’s the novelty of eating something with my hands that makes it taste so good. Or maybe it’s the way the corn gets a little burnt before it comes off the grill. Whatever it is, corn on the cob will always remind me of barbecues in my back yard on summer evenings.

Because corn on the cob is the unofficial summer veggie, today’s gadget will transform the way you cook with corn this solstice season. The Kuhn Rikon Corn Zipper allows you to easily remove the kernels from the cob. As suggested by it’s name, the corn zipper zips along the cob and strips each kernel from the husk in no time.

kuhn rikon corn zipper from williams-sonoma.com

You’ll be left with a mound of juicy kernels perfect for adding to any kind of salad, from green salads to pasta salads to potato salads. Your fresh corn kernels will add a tasty to crunch to soups and dips, like salsa and guacamole. You could even make homemade corn bread!

The stainless steel teeth of the Rikon Corn Zipper remove multiple rows of kernels at once for optimal zipping speed. And it makes storing your left-over corn a breeze so you won’t waste space in your refrigerator anymore! Quickly remove all the kernels and store them while preserving space for things like watermelons and BBQ chicken that you’re marinating for tomorrow night’s cookout.

The corn zipper is dishwasher safe. It’s available from Williams-Sonoma for $12.95 and also from Amazon.com. For other nifty corn on the cob gadgets check out the OXO Corn Stripper from Williams-Sonoma for $13.95.

About Alanna

My name's Alanna and I am a senior at Emmanuel College majoring in English Communications. I live in Boston and I have a love for both food and writing.

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