All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy!
I should start this post off by reminding everyone that I grew up in Kansas in a corn family. Most of our family farmland produced field corn (like what is used in the corn flakes you may have had for breakfast) but a few acres each year went to sweet corn for all the aunts, uncles, cousins, and neighbors to eat straight from the ear after harvest. (The families also produce a little alfalfa, soybeans, barley, and sorghum, but those crops have no bearing on this post.)
Okay, back to corn … so, in all of my years of shucking, cooking, and eating a ridiculous amount of corn, I have never once thought I needed a device to remove the silk from an ear. However, someone out there apparently thinks I am wrong and believes a special tool is necessary for doing a very simple task that your hands can do. Exhibit A: The Corn Desilker –
Seeing as a few strands of corn silks are not dangerous to consume and almost always lodge themselves loose during the cooking process, I’m not especially clear on why removing all of them is an important task in the first place. But, if you are someone who hates corn silks, all you have to do is use your hands to remove them easily (or a rubberband) instead of this unitasker.
Remove the husk and as much of the silk as you can with the husk. Holding the base of an ear in your dominant hand, twist the ear while you rub it with your non-dominant hand. The rest of the silk will come off in a matter of seconds and you can immediately dispose of it.
If simply using your hands doesn’t seem to work for you, all you need is a multitasking rubberband to thread the silks off the ear.
And, now I’m craving a big ear of grilled sweet corn. Yum.