With the return of fall, it means we will be saying goodbye to backyard barbecues and patio meals. Thankfully, we have plenty of vegetable dishes and stews to look forward to cooking. Common September fruit and vegetable harvests for Alberta include, but are not limited to: apples, zucchini, tomatoes, onions, corn, squash, turnips, carrots, and potatoes.
This summer I co-hosted a BBQ, and when I attempted to add sugar to the boiling water there were strange looks all around. No one had ever heard of adding sugar when boiling corn on the cob. I’m glad I didn’t mention the old traditional recipe which calls for adding milk, cream, and butter to the boiling water.
I’ve learned that there are many ways to cook corn on the cob, and people will often insist that their favourite way to cook this delicious vegetable is the only way that it should be cooked and eaten. For this month’s recipe, I’ll share one of the cooking methods that I love but doesn’t seem to be well known in Edmonton.
Do not add salt to the water. It will make the corn hard.
Leaving the corn in liquid will alter the taste and can also lead to overcooking the corn.
Yovella is a former resident of McCauley who still works and volunteers in the area.