Posted by zheen | Posted in Summer Picnic Ideas | Posted on 29-07-2011
The summer season is something to enjoy. Most people prefer picnics to create a bonding experience with family and friends in a lazy Sunday afternoon. For menus, corn cobs are often included. The usual corn recipe will be something related to butter and grilling. Before starting on your corn menu, there are some things you need to consider. First, you have to choose something of quality. Of course, you don’t want anyone to be munching something out of juice and poor flavor. Well, additional flavoring may have some delightful effect, but relying on its natural essence is truly the best.
How to Pick Corns in the Market
As you visit supermarkets, you’ll be welcomed by products that are promised to have great quality. However, you already know that this doesn’t happen most of the time. There are still some unseen products that acquire low quality because of its abundance and quality inspectors can’t handle everything out. It’s the same case when you look for corns to grill in your family picnic.
★ If you’re concerned about color, you’ll find most corns to be whitish yellow although some are really yellow. This color variation may be based on the place where it is planted and harvested. You should pick one that’s refrigerated because warmer storage let the corn’s sugar turn into starch.
★ In some markets, you may find some corns unrefrigerated. If that’s the case, make sure that the corns are stored in a much cooler storage and out of direct sunlight.
★ As you pick corns, you should take a look at the corn’s husks. Make sure it’s fresh, moist, flowering.
★ You don’t want to buy something that’s not ripe. By pulling the husk of the corn, you’ll know if it’s ripe – the kernels are plump and tightly arranged in rows.
★ Press on a kernel with your fingernails. You’ll also know if the corn is white if it squirts a white milky substance – this means that the corn is ready for eating.
★ Some vegetable products are inorganically grown. For corn, you can always ask the store keeper or market crew if it’s grown organically. Corns that are grown in a natural environment often taste sweeter than mass produced one’s.
Corn recipes are often chosen in picnics since it’s cheaper and easier to prepare. From grilled to salad recipes, corn has been invading family picnics for years. If you’re sick and tired of the usual grilled corn with butter you prepare for your family and friends, this recipe is perfect for a unique taste of corn cobs you love to prepare.
Mexican Style Corn flavored with Lime, Ancho and Cheese
Spice your life a bit with this Mexican-style corn recipe. This will definitely set up an exciting mood that will be enjoyed in your family picnic. If the spices overwhelm you, it’s perfect to pair with refreshing drinks in the summer.
♡ 8 fresh and ripe corns (preferably in their husks)
♡ 8 tablespoon(s) of unsalted butter
♡ 2 tablespoon(s) of chopped cilantro leaves and garnish
♡ 2 teaspoon(s) of lime juice
♡ Ground pepper
♡ Chitpole powder
♡ Ancho powder
♡ 1 tablespoon of kosher salt
♡ Shredded cheese (preferably mild feta cheese, queso freco, or cheddar cheese)
♡ Soak the fresh and ripe corns in cold water for an hour.
♡ If you have a gas grill or ridged grill, preheat it and set it to medium. For the usual charcoal grills, let the coals burn until it’s covered with ash.
♡ Grill the corn for 25 to 30 minutes – turn the corns frequently.
♡ While grilling the corn, put the cilantro, butter, and lime juice in a small bowl or wide mouthed container. Stir the mixture and flavor it with salt and pepper.
♡ Spread the mixture on serving plates.
♡ Once the grilling is done, remove the corn from the grill and peel back the husks without destroying the kernels. If you don’t want to serve it with silk on it, you can also remove it.
♡ After pulling everything up, wrap the strands on top of the grilled corn and knot them.
♡ Once you’re finished with all of the corns, put it on the platter of butter mixture. Roll the corns until covered with the mixture.
♡ Sprinkle some cheese, chipotle, ancho powder, and cilantro.
♡ Serve with delight!
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