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Everyday Cheapskate: 4 Absolutely Brilliant Ways to Cook Corn on the Cob

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Corn on the cob is a summer staple that should be part of every summer celebration and backyard cookout because not only is fresh corn cheap when it's in season but it's also quick and easy to prepare!

There must be as many ways to prepare fresh corn on the cob as there are people who love to eat it. Here are four of my favorites:

1. Stovetop

You have to try this. Just let me warn you: It sounds insane, but once you prepare corn on the stovetop this way, you'll never go back. It's a family heritage recipe I got from a self-avowed corn snob who grew up on a farm in Iowa.

Remove husks and silk from six ears of fresh corn. Fill a pot about 3/4 full with water, and bring it to a rolling boil. Stir in 2 tablespoons granulated sugar and 1 tablespoon lemon juice. Carefully place corn in the water. Cover the pot. And turn off the heat. Check after 10 minutes to see that the corn is tender. If not, return the lid, and allow it to sit for a few more minutes.

2. Microwave

 

Some time ago, the following great reader tip showed up in my mail, complete with photos! I tried Dick's method right then and there, and wow, it is so slick!

I have demonstrated this to friends and family many times since, always to rave reviews, not only for the surprising finale but also for the perfectly cooked corn.

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. Microwave on high, three minutes per ear. Example: If you have two ears, microwave for six minutes. Remove them from microwave carefully, and then grasp and pull the corn right out of the husks. No muss, no hairy corn silk!

3. Roast

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