Corn on the cob makes one of the best side dishes for summertime. Perfect for incorporating into fresh summer salads, adding to soups, salsas, and casseroles, or simply serving on its own, corn is one versatile veggie. Plus, it's easy to cook it in so many different ways. Follow these simple tips and tricks to know how many ears to use, how to select corn at the grocery store, how to cook corn on the cob in three different ways, and how to cut the kernels off the cob safely.

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How to pick out the perfect corn

Illinois Corn

When picking out fresh corn from the grocery store, choose corn with bright green husks. Feel the kernels through the husks or tear back the husk to peek at the corn. (Careful, though, as tearing the husk shortens the shelf life of the corn.) Select ears with kernels in tightly packed rows and moist, pale yellow silk peeking out of the ear.

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