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ollieorange
« on: August 23, 2009 07:54:48 PM »

This is my first time growing corn. Did I harvest it too late? It's super chewy and sticky on me teeth. Any ideas?
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« Reply #1 on: August 23, 2009 08:11:02 PM »

How did you prepare it?  When it's fresh, five minutes in boiling water is all you need. 

Also, when you look at the silk on the corn, was it yellow or brown?  When corn is at it's peak, only the tips of the silk will be brown.  And depending on where you are, now is the time for harvesting, so I don't think you harvested too late.

Another thing that I know is that corn should not be picked until you are ready to eat it.  Off the stalk, in the pot.  Don't let it sit around for more than one day.

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Imdee
« Reply #2 on: August 24, 2009 09:41:44 AM »

It could possibly be the type of corn.  Last year my son planted corn for the first time, but he planted an heirloom variety which was starchier than the crisp white corn I buy at the store. 
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« Reply #3 on: August 24, 2009 04:34:14 PM »

hmmm... I wonder if I just got a starchy kind. it wet straight from the backyard into the pot for a few minutes. If the silk is all brown does that mean it's past its peak?
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« Reply #4 on: August 24, 2009 07:35:49 PM »

When it's all brown, it's not necessarily past its peak.  I just think corn is a little more tender and sweet if there's still a little bit of green/yellow in the silk.  You can usually tell by pinching one kernel with your thumbnail.  If it squirts you back, it's perfect. Cheesy
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