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The Reason It's A Mistake To Prep Corn On The Cob By Removing The Husk
No matter how you make your corn, don’t remove the husks before cooking. These husks will perform many important functions, not the least of which is imparting flavor.
Though charred corn husks aren’t edible, they have a sweet, nutty, smoky flavor that makes them ideal for oil infusions. These flavors will transfer to your corn while cooking.
Beyond providing your corn with an almost tea-like, corn-essence flavor, the husks will also absorb much of the high heat that would otherwise burn the corn kernels.
Storing corn in the refrigerator with the husks on will keep the ears moist. To prepare husk-on corn prior to grilling, soak the ears in cold water for about 15 minutes.
Once the corn is cooked, allow the corn to cool before husking and removing the silk strands. This should be easy since the cooking process loosens the silks.
Another option is to remove the silk before cooking the corn. Slather the ear in butter and any seasonings you want before covering it back up with the husk.