Friday, June 11, 2010

National Corn on the Cob Day!

Melt In Your Mouth Corn On The Cob!

June 11th we get to celebrate National Corn on the Cob Day! Today, we paid tribute at lunch with some fresh corn from our local farmer's market. Mmm.. Mmm!!

Every summer, fresh shucked corn becomes a staple sight at many households across the country.Who doesn't have a slight addiction to fresh, steaming, buttery white 'n yellow corn that melts in your mouth?

Corn is easy to cook and in minutes you are ready to pick out the prettiest, plumpest cob and slather that baby with butter until its shiny with little rivers of melted goodness. There's not much that compares to some really good corn on the cob.

Seasoning Your Corn

Rich in flavor and taste, don't be surprised if your mouth explodes with happiness as you chow down on some good ole corn on the cob! If you like to change up your corn every now and then like we do, add some seasoning and you're ready to go. If you're feeling spicy, lightly sprinkle some Tony Chachere's Cajun Seasoning, or Old Bay Cajun Seasoning on your corn.  A delicious alternative to spicy corn is to make a little mixture of garlic powder, onion powder and seasoned salt to dash across the length of your corn. If you really want a taste of heaven, combine the spicy seasoning with the alternative mixture and get ready to have a meltdown from the flavor!

Corn Is Used For Many Things

Other than being delicious in its natural form, corn is an essential item found in hundreds of products we consume every day. Most of us know corn is used in Ethanol. But, can you tell me what else we use corn for?

Did you know corn is found in one form or another in at least 25% of what we buy from the grocery store?

Alphabetized below is a list of just a few things you'll find corn has been used for either during production or in the processing.

  • Adhesives; Aluminum; Antibiotics; Asbestos Insulation; Aspirin; Automobiles (cylinder heads, ethanol fuel, spark plugs, synthetic rubber finishes, tires, windshield washer fluid)
  • Baby food, Batteries, Beer, Breakfast Cereals
  • Candies, Canned Vegetables, Carbonated Beverages, Cheese, Chewing Gum, Chocolate, Coatings on Wood, Paper & Metal, Corn Chips, Corn Meal, Cosmetics, Crayons, Chalk
  • Degradable Plastics, Dessert Powders, Dextrose (Icing Sugar), Dyes, Disposable Diapers
  • Edible Oil, Ethyl & Butyl Alcohol, Explosives (firecrackers)
  • Finished Leather, Flour & Grits, Frozen Foods, Fructose
  • Ink for Stamping Prices in Stores, Insecticides, Instant Coffee, Instant Tea, Insulation (fiberglass)
  • Jams, Jellies & Preserves
  • Ketchup
  • Latex Paint, Leather Tanning, Licorice, Livestock Feed
  • Malted Products, Margarine, Mayonnaise, Mustard
  • Paper Manufacturing, Paper Cardboard & Laminating, Paper Plates & Cups, Peanut Butter
  • Pharmaceuticals, Potato Chips

  • Rugs & Carpets

  • Salad Dressings, Shaving Cream & Lotions, Shoe Polish, Soaps & Cleaners, Soft Drinks, Starch & Glucose (over 40 types), Syrup

  • Tacos, Tortillas, Textiles, Toothpaste

  • Wallpaper, Wheat Bread, Whiskey

  • Yogurts

  • Interesting, isn't it? Makes you really think about all the things out there, and what they're made of.

    Now that you have a deeper appreciation for that little yellow kernel of corn, go out and enjoy some fresh sweet corn while it's in season! Remember that all year long you're enjoying products made from corn, whether you know it or not.

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