Category Archives: Camping

Corn in Foil Packets

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There is something about corn still being on the cob that is not only fun to eat, but it does taste better. Summer was not successful if we have not eaten it several times. This is a great way to grill your corn without having it charred. If cooking a large amount, all the prep work can not only be done in advance, but the kids can do it for you.

INGREDIENTS:

Corn on the Cob
Butter/Margarine
Salt/Seasoning
Heavy Duty Tin Foil

Shuck the corn, making sure to remove all the silk hairs. Depending on the size of the ears, rip off a piece of tin foil large enough to wrap around the corn completely and have a tight seal on the ends. Place the corn in the middle and cut a piece of butter to put on top. If you like to season your corn, now is the time to do it. My family likes a little salt, but I used some of my seasoning mix.

Salted

McCormick Seasoning

Pull the long ends together and fold them over until it is touching the corn. You don’t want a super tight fit, a little bit of room for the steam to move around is sufficient. Fold the ends up the same direction that you have your fold on top.

If you made a tight seal, the butter will stay inside until ready to eat. The times are for larger ears of corn. If using smaller ears check the corn 10 minutes early for the progress. The corn will be darker if ready to eat.

OVEN/COUNTER-TOP ROASTER
Preheat to 350 degrees, place you bundles on a baking sheet and cook for 25 minutes.

GRILL
Place over medium heat and cook 20 minutes. Do not place over a direct flame or you will have burnt corn.

I have baked 40+ ears of corn for my church’s annual summer picnic and it was a huge hit. To transport I filled a box with newspaper, placed in the corn, and covered with more newspaper. If doing this, the corn will continue to cook so remove it a few minutes early.

What I love about this technique is that each person has a little pouch for the corn to rest in it’s own butter and makes it easier to each at a potluck. If you want to get really fancy, use a flavored butter.

If planning to do this while camping, all the prep work can be done in advance and the corn just tossed onto the grill when you are ready to eat. Let me know how it goes!

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Easiest Boiled Corn Ever

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My kids love to shuck corn, just like me when I was little. That is the easy part of cooking a couple dozen ears. Bringing a large pot of water to a boil and trying to get the ears cooked right in time to serve a crowd gets the kitchen hot and I worry about overcooking those juicy kernels. There is a trick however that can be used at your next bbq, camping or even potluck. All you need is an igloo or ice chest.

I prefer the igloo as it is easier to carry and drain, but it is up to you which you prefer. Start by totally cleaning your igloo. Place the shucked corn in the igloo, standing upright. Bring a large pot of water to a roiling boil. Place the igloo in your sink, just in case you spill some of the hot water. If doing this while camping, I place the igloo on the grass as it absorbs the water faster than on the packed earth the picnic tables are usually set on. Pour the hot water into the igloo and immediately close the lid tight. You need enough water to completely cover all the corn.

If taking the corn to a potluck, it will be ready when you arrive. Leave the water in the igloo until it is time to serve. Do not drain all the water at once. Only enough so that the corn can be easily removed with tongs. By leaving the extra water in the igloo, you keep the remaining corn hot until it is used. I place a pot under the spout to catch the water as I drain it. I also tie the tongs to the handle on the lid so they don’t get lost.

Perfectly cooked corn

If you are of the mind to add butter to the water when you pour it in, it will settle onto the corn as you drain out the water. Let me know how it goes!