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Seems to me I read somewhere to fix fresh corn for the grill, you don't need to peal all the silk from the corn, but if you soaked it, before putting it on the grill, that after it is done, you can just cut the end, and silk and all will just come off in one bunch. Is this true?
Yes, this is true.
I like the method of peeling the husks back prior to grilling for two reasons, however.
One reason is that I find it easier to remove the fine corn silks that lie between the husk and the kernels before cooking than after roasting. Secondly, I like to rinse the corn and the husks leaving a little bit of water inside to help the corn cook faster by steaming. This also keeps the corn a bit moister.
Sometimes I will put a pat of butter or some olive oil inside as well to keep the corn moister while roasting.
Timothy S. Harlan, MD, FACP