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Cooler Corn

Written by Patti on October 25th, 2011

Good Morning Darlings!

My favorite penpal, Miss Sylvia, emailed this to me recently. I think it is positively brilliant, since I tend to cook for the Brady Bunch instead of just Eric & me.

I am always expecting a crowd. Although I am not much of a camper, if I were, I would be cooking this for my fellow campees (is that even a word?) This recipe originated among the camping set when looking for ways to cook tons of corn on the cob. I am always looking for ways to not use the oven. This method makes us all happy.

Cooler corn. Cool, huh?

This might be folklore, but here’s the story I got from Miss Sylvia. Who got it from her friend.

As an obsessive food nerd, you’d expect that I would have at least heard of it, but over the weekend I was blindsided by the simple genius of this method for cooking loads of corn on the cob perfectly.

I was hepped to it while visiting my family in Maine. Short story: We like corn on the cob. And with eight adults at the table, that means a couple of dozen ears. We would have used the lobster pot to cook them all, but the lobster pot was busy steaming lobster.Then my sister, a capable Maine cook with years of camping experience says “let’s do cooler corn!” Before I can ask “what the hell is cooler corn?” a Coleman cooler appears from the garage, is wiped clean, then filled with the shucked ears. Next, two kettles-full of boiling water are poured over the corn and the top closed.

Then nothing.

When we sat down to dinner 30 minutes later and opened it, the corn was perfectly cooked. My mind was blown. And I’m told that the corn will remain at the perfect level of doneness for a couple of hours.

Turns out, Cooler Corn is pretty well known among the outdoorsy set But for those of us who avoid tents as much as possible, it’s perfect for large barbecues and way less of mess than grilling. In fact, I may even buy another cooler just so I’m ready for next summer. Now that I’m in the know.

How awesome is this? I love it. And it is going on the Thanksgiving recipe roster! That roster is getting pretty long.

Try it and let me know how it works for you!

xoxo, Patti

Today blogging to Mike Posner – Cooler Than Me


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