How To Shuck Corn In Your Microwave

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I spent the day making tomato sauce and preparing fresh corn for the freezer.  I decided to use the microwave to shuck corn, remove the silk and husk, while I prepared the sauce for the water bath canner.  This method is heaven sent and I wanted to share it with you.  It’s great way to prepare it for dinner when you’re short on time too or when you’re trying to juggle canning activities at the same time.
microwave corn husking
I husked 4 dozen ears today for the freezer.  Using fresh corn in chowder, mixing it with my fresh green beans, or in soup in the winter is big in my home.  So, I pack it in quart size bags, which is just right for my dishes.
Step 1 – Place 5 – 6 ears of corn in your microwave, depending on size you may be able to only fit 4 – 5.  I had 6 ears here, but I had to remove 1.  The ears were pretty large.
Step 2 – Heat the ears on high for 4 – 5 minutes.  If you’re going to eat it immediately, the rule is 4 minutes for each ear, so it would be 16 – 20 minutes.  Again, depending on how many ears you place in the microwave.  When I’m preserving, I use 4 minutes for the entire batch so I don’t over cook.
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Step 3 – Remove the ears from the microwave carefully.  They will be hot.  Cut the stalk end about 2 inches from the end of the corn with a chef’s knife or whatever large, sharp knife you have on hand.  You’ll lose a few rolls of corn, but it’s a time saver.


Step 4 – Squeeze the corn through the husk from the top, silk end.  The corn should slide out of the husk virtually silk free.

I packaged 4 quarts today and will probably put up another 4 quarts this week.  This is a combination of white and yellow grown by a local farmer and it is so good.  I had to stop myself from eating it so I could have enough for the freezer. Did I mention that it’s great fried with a little butter and red peppers.  Yummy!  My grandchildren love fresh corn.

If you’re a preserver or need to better utilize your time preparing dinner, this is the way to go. You may also like How To Freeze Corn.  What’s your favorite dish using corn?




  1. I just got corn in my CSA box this morning and I have never tried husking it that way — going to give it a try! Thanks!

  2. I've never heard of this. How cool! Can't wait to try it :->

  3. I've done this to prepare corn on the cob for dinner. It's the best way! The corn comes out perfectly each time.