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The Best Way To Boil Corn On The Cob Requires A Cup Of Milk
While most people boil corn in a simple mix of salt and water, creating a butter bath by incorporating milk and butter into the boiling water can yield a more flavorful result.
The milk’s sugar will enhance the kernels’ sweetness, while the butter will coat their outer surface. For the best result, the kernels need direct contact with the milky solution.
Hence, removing the husks and silks from the corn is crucial. To start, fill a pot with enough water to completely submerge the corn and bring it to a rolling boil over high heat.
Then, stir in at least a cup of milk and a few tablespoons of butter. Once the butter melts, add the fresh, shucked corn and cook until the kernels reach your desired tenderness.
You can swap the milk with a vegan alternative that has a similar sugar content, or add your own sugar. The butter can be replaced with a dairy-free alternative too.
You can also eliminate the water and use milk and butter only. However, be sure to boil the milk slowly, as boiling milk too quickly can alter its color, flavor, and texture.