Corn. Juicy and fabulous no matter which way you cook it right? We decided it was time to put sous vide corn to the test. Most people boil or microwave their corn. But did you know that you can also sous vide corn? This article explores whether sous vide corn is worth the work. You may be surprised by the results.
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Many of you would agree that the most common ways to cook corn include:
- Boiling it in a pot of buttered and salted water
- Cooking the corn (on its husk) in the microwave
But for all the corn officiants out there, have you tried sous vide corn? It’s acclaimed to have more tender kernels and be more flavorsome.
So if you have an afternoon to spare why not try a 3-way corn test.
Here is what we suggest to put the 3 methods to work:
- Sous vide it. Put corn in your sous vide vacuum sealed bag. Pop some butter and salt in the bag. Sous vide on 84°C for 30 minutes
- Boil your corn on the cob for 10 minutes
- Microwave it. Pop your corn in its husk into your microwave for 1.5 minutes. Then rest for 30 seconds. Microwave for a further 2 more minutes and flavor with butter and salt before serving
Now, taste away. It can be a bit of fun to do a blind taste test just to make sure you get a fair comparison of each corn cooking method.
Sous Vide Corn – Yay or Nay?
From the research we have done, sous viders on the whole do think that sous vide corn is a goer. But not by some incredible, life-changing margin. You will find that the kernels are a bit more tender, especially their outer shells.
Making an informed comment about flavor is difficult. This is because the test above has the sous vide corn marinating in butter and salt for 30 minutes. Whereas salt and butter is applied to the boiled and microwaved corn before serving with the second two methods.
The sous vide corn results
OK, so taking a snapshot of feedback we’ve managed to source from sous viders around the world, sous vide corn has mixed opinions. Some say it wins out in the taste stakes. Although most would say this is true by a small margin only.
Others have commented that they don’t actually feel as though there is enough of a taste difference to sous vide corn each time. You cannot deny that it takes more effort to sous vide corn than putting it into a boiling pot of water or your microwave.
So, it sounds like the sous vide method may not be worth all the trouble and resources. If other methods still create plump and juicy corn deliciousness, those methods may be the way to go.
For those of you who are keen to see for yourself, here are some hints and tips for creating sous vide corn deliciousness.
Top tips for sous vide corn perfection
- Make sure there are no random corn silk strands in your pot – one strand can choke your sous vide precision cooker!
- Pop some butter and salt in your corn vacuum sealed bag before you sous vide it
- Consider cleaning the husk and the silk first before bagging the corn for your sous vide cook
- Pre-prepare your sous vide corn bags and put them in the freezer. Then they can go right from your freezer to your sous vide water bath
Got teeth issues? Sous vide corn is for you!
This is a little weird. But when we were researching for this sous vide corn article, we came across a little known fact. Sous vide corn is an eating pleasure for those with teeth issues.
In seems that some people with teeth issues, have trouble eating corn that is prepared in boiled water or in the microwave. Troublesome teeth can mean that eating corn directly from the cob is quite tricky and frequently means cutting all of the corn kernals off the cob. BORING!
Sous vide cook is particularly tender. This means that people with dentures are unlikely to have problems with eating corn directly from the cob…you’re welcome!
What’s your experience with sous vide corn? We’d love to hear any of your sous vide corn hints and tips in the Comments section below.