questionswhy do people shuck their corn at the supermarket?

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I was told this starts to age the corn (speeds up converting the sugar into starch) So I'm baffled by it as well. I figured it was so people didn't have to deal with the amount of garbage it makes, which I don't think is a big deal.

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People do that? Not store employees?
I have to have the husks for grillin' because that's the only way to cook corn.
(I know I can grill them husked, but the kids don't like "caramelized" kernels)

j5 j5
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It could be they are just shucking a few leaves to be sure the corn isn't rotted or defective or icky in some way.

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I was taught to shuck it before purchasing to make sure it was good as we usually use it in the next day or so, it doesn't cause any adverse effects.

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If the supermarket provides a trash can, and I am planning to shuck the corn before cooking, I will do it there to avoid the mess and trash at home. But I buy most of my groceries the day I plan to use them or the day before. I have only a 9cf refrigerator so I can't stockpile food.

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I've never seen this. I'm now going to pay attention the next time I'm in the store, and see it this happens, but I'm pretty sure there's no trash can near the corn. It seems like the kind of thing I'd notice. On the other hand, I barely visit the product section in the store this time of year, since I'm either getting food out of the garden, or from the farmer's market.

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@moondrake: Yeah, I always assumed it was because of the mess. Or, because those people thought it was priced by weight and they didn't want to pay for the part they weren't going to eat (I have a low opinion of my fellow shoppers' intelligence - especially at my local Walmart). In my experience, corn is priced by the ear, not by weight.

I wonder what they would say if someone tried to buy bananas after peeling them (they would not last long though and they are really cheap to begin with).

I like to grill my corn while wrapped in the husks (after removing as much of the silk stuff first). Pretty tasty!

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@durkzilla: @ichigodiafuku:
I just check the first inch or two for wormsign (Dune ref), It's worked well for me so far.

j5 j5
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@j5: same way I check it.

@benyust2: that'd be funny to do with the bananas. I have seen people chop off the broccoli stems to pay less instead of just buying the crowns

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@benyust2: I cook my corn the same way on the grill. But if I am just making it for myself I steam it in steamer bags in the microwave, so I want it shucked.

@jeeperwoot: Me too. I buy their stalks. I like the stalks best. If they're thick I peel the skins off, but the pulp in the middle of the stalk is sweet. I'm kind of annoyed because mostly they just sell the crowns anymore. I guess they are selling the stalks to the people that make frozen food.

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The longer you wait after corn is picked the starchier and bland tasting it will become. Something I learned years ago from a local farmer. I now only buy fresh picked corn, the flavor and sweetness is amazing compared to what is shipped into supermarkets.
More detailed info : http://www.producepete.com/shows/corn.html

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i use to work the bakery next to the produce section in my box retail (yup, that one). we always had trash cans there because people do shuck it in store. most said it was so they could see the quality of the corn, check for bugs, etc. also most people don't want that mess in their house. The what that we noticed was how much of the corn would end up in the floor or the trash can. and what most don't realize is that we bought by the pallet load from local farm well known for it's quality of corn, we just didn't charge as much for it.

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@outdoorslife: The sooner most produce is consumed after picking, the higher its nutritional value. Unfortunately, we desert dwellers mostly have to live with well-travelled and long since picked produce.

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so we can see the quality of the corn, check for bugs, etc. also we don't want that mess in our house.

no1 no1
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to check for the quality of the corn and to eliminate the mess in the kitchen.

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Is there that much mess? And why in the kitchen? I shuck mine over my big garbage can, same way we did it when I was growing up. Mom used to send us out to the garage with a bag full of corn with the husks and a clean bag to put it in when we were done. Usually she sent Dad out there with us so we would have someone to break the end of the stalk off for us. Never my favorite chore, but I learned to do it quickly and without a lot of mess getting outside the trash can.

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I've never noticed it but that might be because, as someone else also said, I only buy fresh picked corn.

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I've seen it, too (though I buy my corn from the local stand, so I always shuck at home). I assumed it was to check for bugs (though I've never seen a shucked ear of corn left in the pile) or reduce waste at home.

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I pull the husk back just far enough to make sure the corn is good and leave the husk on. I'm going to be grilling it with the husk on, but even if I didn't I don't think the grocery store is the appropriate place to start preparing my meals.

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my dad grows his corn for himself, and always drops it in ice water when he picks it; claims it's a lot sweeter that way.
He plants 2 or 3 rows, waits a couple of weeks, plants 2-3 more, waits a couple of more weeks, plants again. This way the corn gets ripe at different times and he can have corn for a couple of months.

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One of the grocery stores I frequent take the cord husks, etc., spoiled vegetables, and other plant waste and composts it. They then sell bags of compost outside the store.
At least the old owners did; I'm not sure about the new ones.

It was a great idea and cut down on landfill waste.

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Like others have said, people probably do it to check if the corn is good. Personally, I think it's annoying since they form a huge crowd and completely block that area of the produce section.

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It is messy to do home. If you are using it that day, why not leave the mess behind.

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Isn't "shucking the corn" a euphemism? It is, actually. Don't go to urbandictionary.com . :)

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I almost always shuck my corn at the supermarket. Not to make sure the corn is good, just because I don't want to clean up the mess at home!!

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Buying corn if possible i will open the husk to check the condition and choose the good ones.Then leave the husk on there .many people do as this and the market will deal the husk .

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I think some of this is regional. I didn't see it in the midwest, but it is prevalent in California. I too am puzzled by this, and have thought of just asking people Why are you doing this? 1) It dries out the corn. 2) It defeats one of the best things about cooking corn the easiest way: In the microwave. Two ears take 6 minutes, then pull back the husks for a handle, the silks fall off easily.
btw: Don't put corn silk down the garbage disposal. It won't cut it up, it just mats it up and can easily plug your drain. Been there.