There's nothing like being elbow deep in a piece of corn on the cob. However, it sometimes makes more sense to cut the kernels off the cob if you're using fresh corn in recipes or if you've misplaced your toothpicks and dental floss.
To remove kernels from a corn cob it's important to have a sharp knife that slices with little effort and doesn't damage the kernels. The knives we recommend for cutting corn off the cob are the 7-5/8" Petite Chef knife, 7" Santoku knife or the 5" Petite Santoku knife.
Here are four easy ways to cut corn off the cob:
- Stand the corn cob upright on a cutting board with the stem-side on the board. Use the 5" Petite Santoku knife to slice the kernels from the cob from tip to stem.
- Lay the corn cob flat on the cutting board and use a 7-5/8" Petite Chef knife or 7" Santoku knife to slice down the side of the cob to remove the kernels. Rotate the cob to the flat side and cut again. Repeat on all sides.
- Use a Bundt pan or angel food pan to steady the cob, stem-side down, in the center hole of the pan. Using a 5" Petite Santoku knife, slice down the cob from tip to stem to remove the corn kernels.
- Place a small bowl that's base has a lip upside-down inside a larger bowl. Place the stem of the cob in the middle of the small bowl and with a 5" Petite Santoku knife, slice from tip to stem to remove the corn kernels.
What is your favorite way to remove corn from the cob?
Originally published July 31, 2015.