Here are some top tips from a sweetcorn lover…
- If you have trouble with rats or squirrels nicking the corn just as its ripe, cut the end off a 1 or 2 litre squash bottle, and pop it over the cob
- to check if your sweetcorn is ripe, wait until the tassels turn chocolate brown and then squeeze a kernel between your fingers. If the liquid that comes out is clear, it isnt ready – if its white, its ready
- sweetcorn is best if there is as little time as possible between picking and eating. Best eaten on a BBQ on the plot, but if not, refrain from picking until you are leaving and throw them in some water as soon as you get home.
- Sweetcorn will freeze well. Get a big pan boiling fiercely, chuck in some cobs, boil for about 7 mins, then take out and run under cold water, then put into an icy water bath (I put freezer blocks in a pan of water to cool it down). When totally cooled, dry off completely and freeze in bags or clingfilm.