Monday, August 3, 2020

Corn - A Taste of Summer

Ready to go to the market to buy corn? Watch this video about to how to buy, store, and prepare corn.
If you are looking for a way to include some delicious corn into your meals, give these recipes a try.
Corn Salad 
Mexican Veggie Bake
Summer is the time of year that many people think of getting their hands on some delicious corn. This farm fresh favorite is usually popular at summer cookouts, family functions and community events.
Corn is a staple crop in the United States and is grown in Maryland. This is a peak time to buy corn at the store or farmer’s market. Corn is a good source of vitamins and minerals that are good for your health.
While many look forward to eating corn-on-the-cob in the summer, corn comes in many forms and can be enjoyed year round.

Corn comes in a variety of ways, and all forms count!
Canned corn - Canned corn is available all year and can be found on most store shelves. Canned vegetables are convenient because you can store them for a long period of time and use them in a variety of recipes. 
Frozen corn - Purchase frozen corn when on sale and store for later use. Frozen corn is often less expensive than fresh, and you can find it all year long. Add frozen corn to soups, casseroles or simply heat on the stove and serve as a side dish.
Fresh corn on the cob - Fresh corn at local markets is harvested close to where you live. Locally grown produce is full of flavor and often costs less, especially when bought by the dozen. Keeping fresh corn from drying out is key. Whenever possible, store the ears with the husks on in the refrigerator. If you buy fresh corn with the husks already removed, store the corn in the original packaging. If not eaten within three days, cut the corn off the cob and freeze.
The great thing about corn is that you can easily swap out canned, frozen, or fresh corn cut from the cob in recipes. 

Prepare corn in a variety of ways….
Get creative with roasting - Roasted corn is a real treat.  Prepare corn by removing the husks and silks and then rinse under running water. For added flavor, use a small amount of softened butter or oil, garlic salt, pepper, and a mixture of your favorite herbs, such as rosemary, thyme, and parsley. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spread the butter or oil mixture over each ear of corn and bake on a baking sheet for 20 minutes. Remove the baking sheet from the oven, turn corn over and bake for another 15-20 minutes. Enjoy!
Straight from the can - Are you in a hurry for a quick snack or dish to prepare for your family or to share at a cookout?  Open a can of corn and combine it with fresh summer produce like tomatoes and green peppers to make this colorful Corn Salad dish. You can also use frozen corn or fresh corn that has been cut off the cob.
Just getting warmed up -  If you want a warm meal but don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen, this 3-Can-Chili  is the perfect solution and is as easy as 1, 2, 3! 
In the mood to bake? - If you are feeling a little fancy and in the mood to cook up a zesty meal, this Mexican Veggie Bake is just the dish for you. Corn, peppers, squash, black beans and salsa make up this hearty, flavorful baked dish.

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