How to Cook Corn on the Cob In a Cooler
How To Make Corn On The Cob For A Crowd?
Have a large crowd to cook for and want to make corn on the cob, but have NO idea how to make so much corn all at once? Try a little trick called Cooler Corn - it is the greatest thing since sliced bread!
What the HECK Is Cooler Corn You Ask??
Cooler Corn is just what the name implies, it is where you cook corn on the cob in a cooler. You know, the kind you use for camping or sporting events, and it is so simple to do too.
After you try it, you will say this is one of those simple genius ideas that everyone wonders why THEY didn't think of it!
I first learned of cooler corn from some of my camping buddies and was so surprised by it that I just had to share. This is great for camping, family reunions, or even potluck dinners - whatever event you have that calls for large amounts of corn to be cooked. Best of all, the clean up is even easier than the traditional methods of cooking corn.
What Do You Need and How Is It Done?
While camping one evening, we were all sitting around the campfire getting ready to cook dinner and out comes a big bag of corn on the cob and a cooler. I have to admit it, I was confused and wondered what the heck was THIS for?!?!
Everyone sat around and shucked the corn, and after washing it we threw the corn into this big cooler (make sure you wash the cooler out as well first please!). Then we dumped two big pots of boiling water into the cooler and shut the lid. 30 minutes later, when we were done grilling our meat for dinner, we had perfectly cooked corn on the cob! It blew my mind, and the corn was perfectly cooked too. The corn will continue to hold its temperature for several hours as long as you keep the lid closed on the cooler.
I loved the clean up process too as it was SO easy to do. Once you remove any leftover corn on the cob, you simply open up the drain on the bottom of your cooler and let the water drain out - then wash and dry it and you're done! How easy is THAT!!
Other Ideas for Cooler Cooking
I have also tried cooking other things this way too for large crowds. Having a birthday party and can't fit all those hot dogs onto the grill? Cooler Dogs are a great way to go and uses the same cooking method as the corn.
I have even heard of some people using their coolers to cook meat in. This is in place of a sous-vide machine which is what is used to cook foods at precise low temperatures in vacuum sealed bags - all great chefs have one of these machines, but they cost a fortune and can run as high as $1,000.00 per unit. You simply put the cuts of meat into zip lock bags, remove all the air and put them in the boiling water till done. If you are going to try this, please use a meat thermometer to verify the meat is done to a safe temperature before eating.
Why Not Give Cooler Corn A Try
So next time you have to cook corn on the cob for a crowd, give Cooler Corn a try. It is a fun and effective way to prepare corn on the cob and will definitely start a conversation when you pull out your cooler and tell folks you are going to be cooking corn in it - this one is guaranteed!
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© 2012 Laura Rash