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How to Butter Corn

Tired of chasing fast-melting butter around your plate? There are new and improved ways to butter your corn on the cob.


  • Step 1: Use a piece of bread Take a slice of bread, generously butter it, and wrap it around a cob. A heel of bread works best.
  • Step 2: Brush on melted butter Pour melted butter into a ramekin or small dish and use a pastry brush to dress your corn with it.
  • Step 3: Pre-butter it in the pot Cook the ears in a pot of boiling water. Shortly before they're done, add a stick of butter to the water. The butter will float to the top, coating each ear as you lift it out of the pot.
  • TIP: If you're grilling your corn, achieve the same effect by pulling down the husks when the corn is done and, holding each ear by its husk, plunging it into a jar of hot water into which you've melted a stick of butter.
  • Step 4: Roll it in a stick of butter Unwrap a stick of butter, put it on a plate, and rotate each ear of corn on top of the butter.
  • Step 5: Make a butter roll-on If you enjoy a good do-it-yourself project, take apart an empty deodorant stick, wash it thoroughly, shove a stick of softened butter where the deodorant used to be, and chill it in the fridge. Voila! A butter roll-on that's perfect for corn on the cob. Just be sure to label it so you don't end up with buttery armpits.
  • TIP: If you don't want to make a butter roll-on, there are similar gadgets on the market that you just fill with a stick of butter and rub over your corn.
  • Step 6: Use a butter utensil Use an old-fashioned utensil known as a corn on the cob butterer, which is a regular utensil handle attached to a square that's just larger than a pat of butter. Put butter in it and glide it across the cob.
  • FACT: In some parts of Europe, corn on the cob is considered "pig food" that's unfit for human consumption!

You Will Need

  • Butter
  • Corn
  • A piece of bread
  • A ramekin
  • A pastry brush
  • A pot of boiling water
  • An empty
  • sanitized deodorant stick
  • A butterer
  • A jar of boiling water
  • Butter roll-on gadget

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