How To Make Corn On The Cob For A Crowd?
Have a large crowd to cook for and want to make corn on the cob, but have NO idea how to make so much corn all at once? Try a little trick called Cooler Corn - it is the greatest thing since sliced bread!
What the HECK Is Cooler Corn You Ask??
Cooler Corn is just what the name implies, it is where you cook corn on the cob in a cooler. You know, the kind you use for camping or sporting events, and it is so simple to do too.
After you try it, you will say this is one of those simple genius ideas that everyone wonders why THEY didn't think of it!
I first learned of cooler corn from some of my camping buddies and was so surprised by it that I just had to share. This is great for camping, family reunions, or even potluck dinners - whatever event you have that calls for large amounts of corn to be cooked. Best of all, the clean up is even easier than the traditional methods of cooking corn.
What Do You Need and How Is It Done?
While camping one evening, we were all sitting around the campfire getting ready to cook dinner and out comes a big bag of corn on the cob and a cooler. I have to admit it, I was confused and wondered what the heck was THIS for?!?!
Everyone sat around and shucked the corn, and after washing it we threw the corn into this big cooler (make sure you wash the cooler out as well first please!). Then we dumped two big pots of boiling water into the cooler and shut the lid. 30 minutes later, when we were done grilling our meat for dinner, we had perfectly cooked corn on the cob! It blew my mind, and the corn was perfectly cooked too. The corn will continue to hold its temperature for several hours as long as you keep the lid closed on the cooler.
I loved the clean up process too as it was SO easy to do. Once you remove any leftover corn on the cob, you simply open up the drain on the bottom of your cooler and let the water drain out - then wash and dry it and you're done! How easy is THAT!!
Other Ideas for Cooler Cooking
I have also tried cooking other things this way too for large crowds. Having a birthday party and can't fit all those hot dogs onto the grill? Cooler Dogs are a great way to go and uses the same cooking method as the corn.
I have even heard of some people using their coolers to cook meat in. This is in place of a sous-vide machine which is what is used to cook foods at precise low temperatures in vacuum sealed bags - all great chefs have one of these machines, but they cost a fortune and can run as high as $1,000.00 per unit. You simply put the cuts of meat into zip lock bags, remove all the air and put them in the boiling water till done. If you are going to try this, please use a meat thermometer to verify the meat is done to a safe temperature before eating.
Why Not Give Cooler Corn A Try
So next time you have to cook corn on the cob for a crowd, give Cooler Corn a try. It is a fun and effective way to prepare corn on the cob and will definitely start a conversation when you pull out your cooler and tell folks you are going to be cooking corn in it - this one is guaranteed!
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© 2012 Laura Rash
Lyn on August 10, 2019:
This is the second time I've used this method to cook corn. It's absolutely genius! Turns out perfect every time.
Laura Rash (author) from Arkansas, USA on June 26, 2019:
I'm sure you probably could do potatoes this way as well...
Sue on June 15, 2019:
Can you do potatoes this way
FBomb on March 15, 2018:
Add butter to the water, it will stay on top, as you pick out the corn it will be buttered automatically!
Theresa on August 12, 2017:
We're having a family reunion today & my daughter suggested I give this a try, which we are preparing as I type this! I just wish everyone was here to help my husband and me husk 6 dozen ears of corn! Next time! I have a couple of blisters from trimming off the extra long ends last night! I'll write another post & let you know how they turned out. The corn is so delicious & juicey, they taste like candy.
Thank you for the idea!
Juneen on May 18, 2017:
I am wondering about doing my blanching of the corn on the cob this year by the cooler method for freezing corn on the cob. Would it do 5 to 10 doz at a time? I would usually blanch the corn for 3-5 min before giving it a cold water bath and cutting it off the cob to freeze for the year.
Brenda O on February 27, 2017:
This sounds like a great idea for girls camp! How many ears of corn can you cook at a time? Do I need to adjust the cooking time?
Thank you for the idea!! :)
Karen on August 04, 2016:
Has anyone tried salting the water before pouring over the corn?
JoAnn Lowe on July 26, 2016:
How many ears of corn can you cook at a time? And does that effect the cooking time?
Rhonda on July 25, 2016:
Can I use frozen ears of corn?
Ana Maria Orantes from Miami Florida on December 12, 2015:
I like your article. It is orinal. I never see any like yours. First time, I see your idea. If you click on their name. You can find out the date your hub was copied.
Laura Rash (author) from Arkansas, USA on July 21, 2015:
Patricia, I'm not sure if you are meaning to leave the corn in the cooler WITH the water or without? If you're leaving it in the cooler with water it should be fine and not dry out before you arrive. If you're cooking it at home and then draining it before leaving on your trip and not wanting to travel with the cooler full of boiling water, i'd suggest at least leaving a little bit of water in the bottom so it keeps the corn nice and steamed and moist.
Hope this helps.
Patricia on July 20, 2015:
We have a two our drive to get to our campsite. Do you think I could leave the corn in that long or will it be overlooked or dried out.
dee on July 04, 2015:
I've used this idea when I cooked 80 and it worked out so good! !! No complaints. Will use it again this year for fourth of July (tomorrow ) :)
Laura Rash (author) from Arkansas, USA on May 20, 2015:
Thanks Cmdr Paul - Hope your Pow Wow goes AWESOME!
Cmdr Paul on May 18, 2015:
Okay you've done got my attention. My Royal Rangers boys are going to be going to our annual POW WOW Camp in two weeks here in mid Missouri. AH..SHUCKS we'll have corn on the cob at camp time this y "ear"..thanks for the tip. READY
Laura Rash (author) from Arkansas, USA on June 26, 2014:
Thanks - never have heard of this to cause warped coolers...
vvowles on June 22, 2014:
Sounds like a great idea, my hubby thinks it would warp the Cooler. anyone had any problems with that?
Laura Rash (author) from Arkansas, USA on June 06, 2014:
Thanks Jamie - so glad to hear that it worked out for your celebration!!! We use it a lot and just LOVE it...
Jamie on June 02, 2014:
My husband and I just used this technique two nights ago while celebrating my 30th Birthday hosting 60+ people. It was effortless and worked perfectly. We will definitely use this technique again!!
Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on March 27, 2012:
Wow..that is really cool...no pun intended....I will have to give this a try and am definitely sharing it...so glad you posted this.
Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on March 27, 2012:
This is new to be but sounds like a good idea. We all love corn at our house. Voted up and useful.
idratherbe on March 24, 2012:
Will have to try this at our next big event! voted up!
Michelle Simtoco from Cebu, Philippines on March 24, 2012:
This is quite interesting. And I know who to forward this to as my friend is such a corn lover!!! Thanks for this! :)
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Laura Rash (author) from Arkansas, USA on March 08, 2012:
OMG gang - just got told by a friend that this hub is listed on PAGE 1 of both Google AND Yahoo (numbers 3 and 2 on page one to be exact!) My first hub to be listed so high!!!! YEA BABY - THANK YOU EVERYONE FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
sweethearts2 from Northwest Indiana on March 08, 2012:
I, as well, will try this summer. Voted up and interesting.
Laura Rash (author) from Arkansas, USA on March 08, 2012:
Thanks to everyone for the great comments and votes, I really appreciate it!
I was floored the first time we made this, but it's great fun to sit around with friends and family and shuck the corn while visiting.
A real conversation starter that's for sure! lol
Stephanie Marshall from Bend, Oregon on March 08, 2012:
Wow - I really love this idea! I take my cub scouts camping each summer and I think they'll love this unique way to cook corn on the cob. Rated up and off to go bookmark! :) Steph
Thelma Raker Coffone from Blue Ridge Mountains, USA on March 08, 2012:
Can't believe I never heard of this before after all my years camping! Voted up and useful.
Marissa from United States on March 08, 2012:
Wow! Who would have thought? I'm definitely going to try this at our family picnics this summer. Voted up and sharing!
moonlake from America on March 08, 2012:
Great idea, never heard of this.
Stephanie Henkel from USA on March 08, 2012:
This looks like a great idea, especially for those big family picnics in the summer! I've got to try it! Voted up and useful.
Jennifer Essary from Idaho on March 08, 2012:
Very useful! Voted up and sharing.
Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on March 08, 2012:
What a great way to cook corn. I'll remember this for this upcoming summer. This is fantastic. Thanks!
Up, useful and awesome! Sharing too :)