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How to Cook Corn on the Cob In a Cooler

Updated on January 3, 2017
3 stars from 723 ratings of Cooler Corn

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!

If you like this article, try reading Old Fashioned Baked Macaroni and Cheese.

© 2012 Laura Rash


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      6 months ago

      This is the second time I've used this method to cook corn. It's absolutely genius! Turns out perfect every time.

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      Laura Rash 

      8 months ago from Arkansas, USA

      I'm sure you probably could do potatoes this way as well...

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      8 months ago

      Can you do potatoes this way

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      23 months ago

      Add butter to the water, it will stay on top, as you pick out the corn it will be buttered automatically!

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      2 years ago

      We're having a family reunion today & my daughter suggested I give this a try, which we are preparing as I type this! I just wish everyone was here to help my husband and me husk 6 dozen ears of corn! Next time! I have a couple of blisters from trimming off the extra long ends last night! I'll write another post & let you know how they turned out. The corn is so delicious & juicey, they taste like candy.

      Thank you for the idea!

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      2 years ago

      I am wondering about doing my blanching of the corn on the cob this year by the cooler method for freezing corn on the cob. Would it do 5 to 10 doz at a time? I would usually blanch the corn for 3-5 min before giving it a cold water bath and cutting it off the cob to freeze for the year.

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      Brenda O 

      2 years ago

      This sounds like a great idea for girls camp! How many ears of corn can you cook at a time? Do I need to adjust the cooking time?

      Thank you for the idea!! :)

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      3 years ago

      Has anyone tried salting the water before pouring over the corn?

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      JoAnn Lowe 

      3 years ago

      How many ears of corn can you cook at a time? And does that effect the cooking time?

      thank you

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      3 years ago

      Can I use frozen ears of corn?

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      Ana Maria Orantes 

      4 years ago from Miami Florida

      I like your article. It is orinal. I never see any like yours. First time, I see your idea. If you click on their name. You can find out the date your hub was copied.

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      Laura Rash 

      4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Patricia, I'm not sure if you are meaning to leave the corn in the cooler WITH the water or without? If you're leaving it in the cooler with water it should be fine and not dry out before you arrive. If you're cooking it at home and then draining it before leaving on your trip and not wanting to travel with the cooler full of boiling water, i'd suggest at least leaving a little bit of water in the bottom so it keeps the corn nice and steamed and moist.

      Hope this helps.

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      4 years ago

      We have a two our drive to get to our campsite. Do you think I could leave the corn in that long or will it be overlooked or dried out.

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      4 years ago

      I've used this idea when I cooked 80 and it worked out so good! !! No complaints. Will use it again this year for fourth of July (tomorrow ) :)

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      Laura Rash 

      4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks Cmdr Paul - Hope your Pow Wow goes AWESOME!

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      Cmdr Paul 

      4 years ago

      Okay you've done got my attention. My Royal Rangers boys are going to be going to our annual POW WOW Camp in two weeks here in mid Missouri. AH..SHUCKS we'll have corn on the cob at camp time this y "ear"..thanks for the tip. READY

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      Laura Rash 

      5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks - never have heard of this to cause warped coolers...

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      5 years ago

      Sounds like a great idea, my hubby thinks it would warp the Cooler. anyone had any problems with that?

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      Laura Rash 

      5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks Jamie - so glad to hear that it worked out for your celebration!!! We use it a lot and just LOVE it...

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      5 years ago

      My husband and I just used this technique two nights ago while celebrating my 30th Birthday hosting 60+ people. It was effortless and worked perfectly. We will definitely use this technique again!!

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      Patricia Scott 

      7 years ago from North Central Florida

      Wow..that is really pun intended....I will have to give this a try and am definitely sharing glad you posted this.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      This is new to be but sounds like a good idea. We all love corn at our house. Voted up and useful.

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      7 years ago

      Will have to try this at our next big event! voted up!

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      Michelle Simtoco 

      7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      This is quite interesting. And I know who to forward this to as my friend is such a corn lover!!! Thanks for this! :)

      Laura, it might also be wonderful to know that your hub has been nominated on the hubnuggets! Yeehaaa...on top of your good news on google and yahoo? Check it out! Enjoy the March Madness Hubnuggets!

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      Laura Rash 

      7 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      OMG gang - just got told by a friend that this hub is listed on PAGE 1 of both Google AND Yahoo (numbers 3 and 2 on page one to be exact!) My first hub to be listed so high!!!! YEA BABY - THANK YOU EVERYONE FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

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      7 years ago from Northwest Indiana

      I, as well, will try this summer. Voted up and interesting.

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      Laura Rash 

      7 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks to everyone for the great comments and votes, I really appreciate it!

      I was floored the first time we made this, but it's great fun to sit around with friends and family and shuck the corn while visiting.

      A real conversation starter that's for sure! lol

      Thanks again...

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      Stephanie Hicks 

      7 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Wow - I really love this idea! I take my cub scouts camping each summer and I think they'll love this unique way to cook corn on the cob. Rated up and off to go bookmark! :) Steph

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      Thelma Raker Coffone 

      7 years ago from Blue Ridge Mountains, USA

      Can't believe I never heard of this before after all my years camping! Voted up and useful.

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      7 years ago from United States

      Wow! Who would have thought? I'm definitely going to try this at our family picnics this summer. Voted up and sharing!

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      7 years ago from America

      Great idea, never heard of this.

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      Stephanie Henkel 

      7 years ago from USA

      This looks like a great idea, especially for those big family picnics in the summer! I've got to try it! Voted up and useful.

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      Jennifer Essary 

      7 years ago from Idaho

      Very useful! Voted up and sharing.

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      Susan Zutautas 

      7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      What a great way to cook corn. I'll remember this for this upcoming summer. This is fantastic. Thanks!

      Up, useful and awesome! Sharing too :)


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