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May 27, 2009

How to butter corn

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A group at work gave my husband a Smart Living corn butter spreader yesterday. They said it was because they had read about his corn buttering habits in the paper, but I don't believe it.

I've never written about them. He must have told. His family of origin had the nasty habit of running the corn directly over the stick of butter, something we don't do in my house. So they give him this...thing.

You put the stick of butter in it and there's a sort of plunger effect.

I went on line hoping to find a photo of it so I wouldn't have to bother, but I couldn't find one. I did get this interesting patent information, however. ...

The proper way to butter corn on the cob is to put a pat of butter on your plate and then spread it on your corn. It isn't rocket science.

However, my husband told me that one of the group said that in his or her family they buttered bread and used that to butter the corn. Then they ate the bread. 

Getting enough carbs there?

The other problem with this corn butter spreader, besides wasting a stick of butter, is it's such a "guy" butter spreader, if you get my drift.

Posted by Elizabeth Large at 7:20 AM | | Comments (49)
        

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the patent info goes to the Harbork post

Well, that's annoying. It should work now. EL

Sorry, I'm with your husband on this one. You stick the little holder thingys in the ends of the corn cob, then you spin it (lengthwise) on the stick of butter. Why else would a stick of butter be shaped like that?

This technique, btw, I learned from two graduates of the University of Nebraska--Cornhuskers--who not only ate corn but also grew it for a living.

is it me just being tired, or does the link not go to where it should?

BTW, the correct way to butter corn is to shmeer it on directly from the stick. This is just the way it's done.

And some Old Bay on corn is delightful!

Have you ever seen the Butter Boy? I got mine at Bed, Bath and Beyond, and it's been the focal point of countless jokes during family cookouts. It's this little green guy whose head unlatches to uncover the butter. My only gripe with it is that a regular stick of butter is too big so I'm left wiht half a stick of butter leftover. I overlook that inconvenience for the novelty of it.

eth -- sounds like you could use the Land o' Lakes eighth-pound sticks, about which EL raved in this post.

Yeah, I am from the "butter your corn directly from the stick" school also. If you try to slice a pat of butter and use the knife, it usually melts away before you can butter the whole ear. There are those contraptions that look kinda like garlic presses where you put the butter inside that work well. I am going to have to try some Old Bay next time Joyce.

We use spray butter at our house. It's just easier than all the rolling on the stick stuff.

Corn on the cob is the ultimate in casual food. Those uncomfortable with messy fingers and familial familiarity with the condiments should find other places to eat their preferred more formal meals.

One lonely voice for buttering your slice of bread and then applying that to the cob.

It has nothing to do with messy fingers. It has to do with my respect for a stick of butter. EL

ETH - We had a Butter Boy, but someone threw out his head at a gathering at the house - we were so sad. I'm a big fan of the Butter Boy. First the butter, then the salt and pepper, then I don't put it down until it's gone.

We use the buttered bread method.

If you drop your corn on the cob, does it always land buttered side down?

A "guy" butter spreader...love it! I need to buy us one of those. We're complete butter (and salt) maniacs when it comes to corn. Sorry, Elizabeth -- I'm with your husband on running the corn over a stick of butter. It's the only way.

Butter on the bread, hands down the best way! We use the ends of loaves, put a big dollop of butter on the bread and wrap it gently around the corn. We don't generally eat the bread when we are done, but I have seen a scrap or two head under the table to the dogs...

Eeeeewwww! Eeeeewwww! Eeeeewwww!! No, you have to struggle with the butter on your knife.

A "guy" spreader...

My husband came from a family that also rolled the corn over the stick of butter. I keep a stick in the frig during the summer for him for this purpose.

Saves wear and tear on my nerves.

Sorry EL, you'd be laughed off of the proverbial farm or out of any of the Kiwanis pork chop roasts in Iowa doing it your way.

1. Cut a slice of cold, hard butter off of the stick (maybe 1/2 tablespoon).

2. Spear the butter slice with your fork and then rub it over the hot corn.

3. Apply liberal amounts of Old Bay.

4. Proceed directly to gustatory heaven.

OooOOo there's a Butter Girl too!
linky

As long as you don't "double dip" your corn...Take a couple bites, re-spread on the community stick of butter...I actually saw that done one time. Needless to say, I quickly became too full to finish my plate.

I am quite sure that Butter Boy/Girl and the Smart Living butter spreader were both designed by men. Could they try any harder for a phallic symbol?

Melt the butter, apply with brush. Frickin' barbarians.

Fill a container with hot water, add a couple pads of butter. The butter will melt in the hot water and float. Dip the ear of corn in and as you pull it out the butter coats the corn. Yummmm

Argh!! This just happened at my house Monday. My wife laughs about my family's quirks at the table, but even I was shocked when my nephew rolled his corn on a fresh stick of butter. He clearly learned that from my sister-in-law -- or Elizabeth Large's husband.

Argh!! This just happened at my house Monday. My wife laughs about my family's quirks at the table, but even I was shocked when my nephew rolled his corn on a fresh stick of butter. He clearly learned that from my sister-in-law -- or Elizabeth Large's husband.

Argh!! This just happened at my house Monday. My wife laughs about my family's quirks at the table, but even I was shocked when my nephew rolled his corn on a fresh stick of butter. He clearly learned that from my sister-in-law -- or Elizabeth Large's husband.

I'll take my condiments (butter with a dash of chipotle tabasco) on the side please.

LoL Cosmo Girl
Some think a guy designed the corn too.
Right Guard-esque
poor ratio
Don't push me, push a Push Pop

Fill a container with melted butter,dip,enjoy.

I was raised the way Eve describes. Cut a thick pat of butter off the stick, and use a knife to schmear it over the corn. It wasn't often butter though, usually oleomargarine.

I'll tell you, in the late summer months, some of that Eastern Shore corn is so sweet on its own that you don't even need the butter. Especially with crabs when all you need is to rub a little of the crab spice from the crab over it. (and we can't forget the beefsteak tomato slices on the side!)

In our house it is either spray butter or use a corn tray thing to spin the corn around in the butter on the bottom of it.

But, here's my great tip of the day, thanks to Cook's Illustrated. Melt 1/2 T of butter per ear of corn in a glass dish. Roll the raw ears of corn in the melted butter then cover the glass dish tightly with plastic wrap. Microwave for 10 minutes and you will end up with perfectly cooked corn without having to boil a whole big pot of water. Plus, this method makes the kernels come cleanly off the ear. (Of course, I only employ this method when the grill is not lit. Otherwise, the corn goes on the grill if there is room.)

I'm with EL on this one. The ladies will now retire to the drawing room while the rest of you drip butter all over the white tablecloth.

My parents always used the corn tray thingee method. I sort of wish they hadn't since now I have a hard time eating it any other way.

I'll be buying some of those (and those little "corn handle" doohickers) as soon as I move in August. I'll have to endure two more months of awkward knife spreading and buttery fingers...if I bought them now my roommate would find a way to break them. Sigh.

Corn on the cob and white tablecloths? There's no crying in baseball!

Fresh corn on the cob can only be enjoyed outdoors, on a picnic table with a red and white plastic spread. That way when the drippy, buttery goodness dribbles down your chin and your hands and arms you're limited in the options to wipe yourself clean.

The key to buttering corn properly is to take the butter out of the fridge a few hours before serving, so it melts quickly and in quantity onto the corn.

Rolling it on a full stick or using accoutrement is barbaric.

Wellllll actually, Hot Dog, corn CAN be enjoyed indoors, but not with an intimidating white tablecloth, thanks. We use plastic place mats on the table, so when there's any kind of drippage, it lands on the mats. I just wipe em clean after supper ... no hay problema.

I'm trying Kitkat's method because it sounds the most fun...almost like a science experiment.

If you have a "dedicated" stick of butter for the corn what's the deal? That's just how I roll...

a buttering device of any type is utter heresy!


step 1 - place an un-shucked ear of corn on a piece of aluminum foil. (note: you should first peel back the husks, remove all of the silk and wash the corn thoroughly...just don't remove the husk yet)

step 2 - place between three (3) to eleven (11) slices of sweet, salted butter inside the husk of the ear of corn on the piece of aluminum foil.

step 3 - liberally sprinkle old bay seasoning over the ear of corn and the three (3) to eleven (11) slices of sweet, salted butter inside the husk of the ear of corn on the piece of aluminum foil.

step 4 - wrap the aluminum foil *tightly* around the ear of corn, the three (3) to eleven (11) slices of sweet, salted butter inside the husk of the ear of corn and the old bay seasoning over the ear of corn and the three (3) to eleven (11) slices of sweet, salted butter inside the husk of the ear of corn.

step 5 - GRILL over medium heat for about 30 minutes, turning every 6 minutes.

step 6 - remove from grill, unwrapped aluminum foil and husks and enjoy.

best.corn.ever.

and you don't need to worry about buttering it! :)

save the corn and eat the stick of butter.

Sam, I'm sure that is exactly what Paula Deen would do!

Welcome back. You have a certain fan of uncertain mental status who's been extremely entertaining in your absence!

I like the Butter Boy too! It's also sold at Plow & Hearth. It's the best solution so far to getting even distribution of butter on corn on the cob.

Hot Dog Barker said "Corn on the cob and white tablecloths?"

And, y'know...after consideration he's right! corn on the cob is eaten on plastic red and white checked tablecloths...right?!

mmmmcorn .... hey where is he?

mmmcorn is alive and well thriving under a new nym. Don't blame me, I get bored easily.

Well there's lots more corn on my guest post. LOTS of corn.

I like corn. I like when the feathered one writes about corn. I like things.

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