Today, I want to talk about something that goes well with peas and that is corn. Sweet kernels or freshly creamed, either way makes a perfect addition to most meals. Enjoying it straight off of the cob doesn’t have to be hard work. I am going to share a few different corn creaming tools to help get the job done.
Family Dinner Creamed Corn
In your Grandma’s kitchen, you have probably seen a small wooden board with metal teeth in a drawer. If you have every wondered what that was, or where you can get your own, you are in luck. I would wager a guess that it is a Lee’s Corn Cutter. There are cheaper wooden ones out there and even plastic, but you don’t want one of those. You want the real deal that is made to last. Lee’s Corn Cutter can be adjusted for creamed or whole kernel corn with a simple move of the cutter blade. To prepare creamed corn with this corn cutter, shuck and desilk your corn, then blanch it for 5 minutes, followed by an ice cold bath for rapid cooling, leaving the corn in it for about 5 minutes as well. This isn’t a must, but does make cutting the corn off the cob easier. Once this is done and you are ready, place your Lee’s Corn Cutter over a bowl to catch the corn. I also push my bowl against a wall to keep it still. Run the ear of corn along the wooden groove and over the metal scraper. I normally give it 2 passes over the scraper on each side for best results. Once I am finished, I add in a dab of butter, a little salt and pepper, and cook it on my stove. My family loves to see fresh corn coming in the house because they know what is coming for dinner. We almost never have leftovers when I prepare it like this. Of course, you can use Lee’s Corn Cutter to cream and freeze your corn as well, it takes a little time, but is much easier than cutting it off with a knife.
Sometimes, you have more fresh corn than you can eat right away. The best option is to prepare it to put away in the freezer. If your corn is already shucked and desilked, then I would recommend the Kernel Kutter Kit. Think of it as corn cutting “MacGyver” style. It is a powder coated metal handle with a kernel cutter held in place by 2 rivets. The Kernel Kutter Kit also comes with a corn cob screw, which is longer and has deeper grooves than a normal screw, to hold the cob firmly while you cream corn. Insert the corn cob screw into your corded drill, drill it into the end of the ear, and then run it through the corn cutter while holding the handle. It is quick and efficient, yet small enough to store in a kitchen drawer. This option is for whole kernel corn only though.
Another great option when prepping to store your fresh corn is the EZ Corn Creamer. Not only does it cream corn for you, but it also shucks and removes the silk. Talk about handy and time saving! The EZ Creamer is made up of a creaming tube, whole kernel tube, shucking tube, a tube mounting bracket, and corn cob screw. Attach the shucking tube to the mounting bracket along with either the whole kernel or creaming tube, cut the ends off of the ear of corn, insert the cob screw. A few seconds in the shucking tube will remove all of the husk and silk for you, then a few more seconds in the creaming tube will give you glorious and tasty creamed corn ready to store. A good idea is to have a freezer bag holder at the end of the tube so your creamed corn can fall right into the bag. Cutting the corn off of the ears this way really saves a lot of steps and time.
Taking corn creaming one step further is the Thomas Corn Creamer System. It is an all-in-one board that gives you the ability to cut the ends off your ears of corn, remove the husk and silk, and cream with 1 product. Designed like a table top so you can place right on top of a garbage can to catch the discarded husks and cobs. Place your corn storage bag or container under the creamer to catch all of your fresh corn. It really doesn’t get much simpler than that. This method is efficient and will save time.
One of these methods is sure to make creamed corn go from stalk to table with ease. Your family will thank you and you will wonder why you didn’t do this sooner. How do you currently prep your corn to put away for later? Do you have a favorite creamed corn recipe or family story you would like to share?