You may have seen this method on the nets already. But, now it’s all new and different because now–it’s Old School approved. The Damsel tested this method and it’s all true. All of it.
There is no easier way to cook a single ear of corn. PERIOD.
Take an UNSHUCKED ear of corn in your hand. Don’t wash it, don’t pull off the outer husks, nothin’. Put it straight into your microwave. Cook at full power for 4 minutes.
Using hotpads if necessary, put the cooked cob on a cutting board.
Position a sharp knife on the stem end of the cob (the opposite of the silk tuft) about where the “shoulder” of the cob is. You can feel through the husks where the cob curves out to its main diameter. Cut all the way through the layers of husk at this point. The Damsel found herself needing to dig in with the pointy end to get things started, but if your knife is plenty sharp, you might be able to easily make the cut.
It will look something like this after the cut. You’ll lose a little of the corn around the “shoulder” of the ear but it’s all going to be okay. If you make the cut too close to the stem end, the magic won’t happen.
Grasp the corn near the silk tassle. Some folks have described “shaking out” the ear of corn. The Damsel found it necessary to give it a squeeze, nudging the corn from the husks. It’s no longer connected to the husks, and will simply slip out.
Here’s the amazing part: NO SILK. That’s the claim on the nets, and the Damsel is happy to report that it is quite true. The hot, tender corn slips out completely silk free and ready to be rolled/smeared in butter. Then you know what to do.
The Damsel tried this a few times, and if silk remained on the ear after this process, it was due to user error. She cut too close to the stem end a couple of times, and the result was still good but not as miraculous.
If you are doing a huge potful of corn, you might find yourself still shucking the old fashioned way (see THIS post) if microwaving is going to take too long and/or not enough corn can be cooked at the same time when microwaving. But if you count the amount of time you normally spend shucking and picking at the pesky silk, you might decide that microwaving a few ears at a time isn’t a bad idea.
Your mileage may vary.