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How to Roast Ears of Corn Over a Fire

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author image Susan Brassard
Susan Brassard writes about natural health-related topics, complementary and alternative medicine and issues relative to a holistic approach to the aging process. Following a career in business and finance, she obtained a Master of Arts in gerontology and several certifications in energy therapies. She is the author of a workbook and resource guide for older adults.
How to Roast Ears of Corn Over a Fire
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Corn is a domesticated plant native to Central and South America. Cultivated by Native Americans for thousands of years, sweet corn, so named because of its high sugar content, is grown best in free-draining soil in warm temperatures. Although raw corn is inedible, the cooking process breaks down the cellulose in its kernels, making them a good source of fiber, vitamins A and C, folate and other nutrients. Corn is fully mature when the silks visible at the top of the ear are brown. When choosing corn, look for fresh, preferably organic, varieties from your local farmer’s market or your backyard garden.

Campfire Technique

Step 1

How to Roast Ears of Corn Over a Fire
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Grip the bottom of the cob with one hand, and gently pull back the corn husk. Remove the silk without removing the husk from the bottom of the ear.

Step 2

How to Roast Ears of Corn Over a Fire
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Rewrap the corn with the husk and place the ear into a bucket of fresh water to soak for approximately 30 minutes.

Step 3

How to Roast Ears of Corn Over a Fire
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Remove the corn from the bucket and shake lightly to drain the excess water.

Step 4

How to Roast Ears of Corn Over a Fire
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Place the ear of corn into the center of a sheet of heavy-duty aluminum foil; wrap and seal securely.

Step 5

How to Roast Ears of Corn Over a Fire
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Use a shovel to dig beneath the open fire and place the wrapped ears on the exposed coals. Cover the corn with additional coals and allow the ears to roast for 15 or 20 minutes.

Step 6

How to Roast Ears of Corn Over a Fire
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Scrape back the coals and remove the corn from the fire with long-handled tongs.

Step 7

How to Roast Ears of Corn Over a Fire
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Remove the foil from the ear and baste the corn with butter or extra-virgin olive oil.

Step 8

How to Roast Ears of Corn Over a Fire
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Add salt and pepper to taste and serve immediately.

Coal or Gas Grill

Step 1

How to Roast Ears of Corn Over a Fire
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Place the freshly purchased or grown corn in a bucket or tub of fresh water and allow it to soak for 30 minutes.

Step 2

How to Roast Ears of Corn Over a Fire
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Remove the corn from the bucket and shake lightly to drain the excess water.

Step 3

How to Roast Ears of Corn Over a Fire
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Place the corn on the grill over medium heat and roast until the husks brown, turning once. Roast for approximately 10 minutes on each side.

Step 4

How to Roast Ears of Corn Over a Fire
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Remove the corn from the grill with an oven mitt or metal tongs and place on a heat-proof plate. Carefully remove the exterior husk and corn silk.

Step 5

How to Roast Ears of Corn Over a Fire
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Baste the corn with butter or extra-virgin olive oil, add salt and pepper to taste, and serve immediately.

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