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Sweet corn has a window of a week or 10 days from when it is ready to eat but the white stays sweet longer in the field!!
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Going to be out picking sweet corn in about an hour. My husband's family always sold it as a little extra money....back then about $ 0.75 a doz. This year people are selling it for anywhere between $2.50 to $4.00.; we are charging $3.
Ours is bicolor corn and it is delicious. :) Stays fresh much longer than varieties did years ago, but still cooking it as close to when picked is the best! Too bad its season is so short.

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Genetic types dictate for the most part how long the sugar to starch conversion takes in sweet corn. Su - be in the field waiting for it to ripen and have water boiling... Se (including the synergistic, hetero and homozygous types) A good week... Sh2 / AuSh2 / Superlites up to 2 weeks Bt2 same as Sh2... If you can keep the moisture in it and keep it cool (same for most every shipper type sweet corn)

You want to cool it as quickly as possible out of the field. The Sh2 and Bt2 varieties suffer from moisture loss which occurs quicker than sugar to starch conversion on the shelf in the store.
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Corn is very expensive this year because of all the rain we had. The farmers couldn't get anything planted. Then we got excessive heat so many crops have had issues. Last year, corn was in abundance and available from mid July well into September.

Usually, we get corn at 25 cents an ear - $3 a dozen.

I don't want corn that is a week old - I want it picked that day and we usually get that at the farmstands. It would be great to have it right off the stalk - yum!

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I wasn't quite truthful in my other thread/post. We had a couple of week old corn that had been kept in the meat bin in the fridge along with the freshly harvested corn from the garden. One of the old corn was a white corn from the farm stand.

Now, at our house we always cook the corn in the husk, preferably grilled. When grilling is not practical, I steam them. But lately, I've been baking them in the toaster oven. I shuck the outer layers, leaving at least two more, cut off any whiskery husks tips that might scorch/catch on fire and rip off the silks, then line them up in the broiler pan bottom. Add water halfway up the pan, then bake at 375°F for 20 minutes.

With not organically grown corn, I prefer to shuck almost all of the outer layers, then wash/soak them in a large tub of water first. If I do this I don't get the checmical tang from eating the corn (I'm very sensitive and I "taste" chemicals on my tongue when no one else can smell or taste them). :x

Out of today's corn, the farm stand white corn was watery and lacked depth in flavor even though it had superficial sweetness. The corn from my garden, on the other hand, even when not quite as sweet, had complex flavor that tasted much better. 8)
We had Buhl and Stowell's Evergreen corn.

BTW, our kitties love corn too. We usually leave a row of kernels for them to bite off and hold the cobs while they polish off any cobs that were not thoroughly eaten. With freshly harvested from the garden cobs, they will also bitE off the tender tips of the cobs and crunch them up. We have to be careful with the remains because if I don't take them out to the compost pile right away, they may rummage in the paper grocery bags, drag them out, and try to eat the rough/tough cobs, which of course they will throw up, sometimes with bloody spittle. :?

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here is a small trick I do when going camping for the weekend....get a big cooler and fill it a 3rd full of water and put a small bag of ice in there.....Then the important part......when its just the 4 of us in my family camping, we eat about 3 dozen ears for the weekend...so we cut the corn STALK at the base and throw the whole darn thing in the cooler.....stuff as much as you can in the cooler, use 2 coolers if ya have to....then throw another bag of ice on top of that.....usually we cannot shut the cooler door but as we start eating it Friday night, more room opens up.....bad part is we usually spend about $15 dollars on ice for the weekend just for the corn......but its well worth it to us....

I am not sure if this really works scientifically or not but it sure seems to, we have experimented with just taking the ears like everyone else does and putting it in a ice bath but we can always taste a difference...we are so picky about our corn that we do not mind the extra money and extra work.....and if you don't either, I really suggest you all try this....
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Sounds like a great idea. It must retain its sweetness by being on the stock like its still growing! lettuce does the same thing when placed in water by retaning its freshness! Good Idea Thanks!
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I don't buy corn, I grow corn. I am also selling at the local farmer's market. I am charging $4 a dozen right now. I remember years back charging $1 a dozen for many years. Things have changed.
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:shock: Would you believe we pay 9.00 a dozen for corn :!: I am definately going to grow some next year, the place we are going to rent has a huge sheltered garden area, that needs being brought back into production. Can't wait. :D Plus I can have chickens, ducks or :?: I am so happy about this. :D

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I got some really good tasting corn at Wal Mat a few weeks ago for 27 cents a ear. It was better than most I buy along the highway!
+++The problem with alot of the sellers along the highway is that the corn is kept in a hot wagon with a tarp in the sun. They should have a wet blanket with a portable fan blowing on it for the cool effect that would drop the temp 10 or more degrees!
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