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July 24, 2013 / theyellowbungalowla

how to make the most of fresh summer corn…

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Corn on the cob is hands-down one of my favorite things to eat in the summer.

Over the weekend, we walked to the farmers market in our neighborhood. My sister and her family were in town visiting, and we had plans for a family dinner out on the patio. We invited them to come along with us to the farmers market, where we encouraged my 9 year-old niece to pick out her favorite summer veggies. Because we left her in charge, I tried to keep my opinions to myself (“Look at these beautiful squash,” and, “My, the eggplant looks especially good this morning!”) and instead let her survey the wares on her own time. She wandered over to a large stack of fresh sweet corn, declaring her choice. I was secretly jumping up and down inside, and very pleased with her choice. I couldn’t wait to get home and throw it in a pot of boiling water.

After dinner, I asked that everyone save their corn stalks in a large container. I was met with a few quizzical looks, so I went on to explain that after removing the corn kernels, the stalks actually have a lot flavor. “Corn broth” is like any other veggie broth, and can be used instead of water to add flavor to soups or grain dishes. When I was a private chef and would cater summer parties, I would usually cut the kernels off the cobs, as it can be challenging to gnaw corn off a cob while simultaneously holding a conversation with another dinner guest. Left with a pile of cobs, I would turn them into a beautiful, slightly sweet corn-flavored broth. Over the course of the summer, I made a lot of corn dishes, and always seemed to have some fresh corn broth on hand for a quick veggie soup, or to add a pop of flavor to my quinoa or farro. Nowadays I can’t imagine throwing the cobs away without squeezing every last bit of flavor out of them.

Read on to learn how to reuse your corn cobs to make a flavorful broth. Once you make your own corn broth, you’ll never throw your the cobs away without first turning them into a delicious, flavorful broth.

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