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How Long to Boil Corn


Boiling corn on the cob is a popular and simple way to prepare this delicious vegetable. The timing for boiling corn depends on several factors, such as the corn's freshness and size, as well as your personal preference for doneness. Here's a general guideline for how long to boil corn:


Freshness: The fresher the corn, the less time it typically takes to cook. If you've just picked or purchased fresh corn, it may require less boiling time.


Boiling Time: In general, bring a large pot of water to a boil and add the corn cobs. Boil them for about 5 to 7 minutes for crisp-tender corn. If you prefer a softer texture, you can extend the boiling time to 8-10 minutes.


Large Ears: Larger ears of corn may require a bit more time to cook thoroughly. Check for doneness by piercing a kernel with a fork. If it's tender and releases milky liquid, the corn is ready.


Salt and Sugar: Some people like to add a pinch of sugar or a bit of salt to the boiling water to enhance the corn's flavor. This is optional and based on personal taste.


Butter and Seasoning: After boiling, you can enhance the flavor by brushing the corn with melted butter and adding your favorite seasonings, such as salt, pepper, or herbs.


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