Unitasker Wednesday: Corn Cob Peeler

All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy!

It’s nearly summer here in the northern hemisphere and that means three things are in the future: warmth, sun, and grilling. And one of the better ways to enjoy all three of these things is to sit outside and enjoy a tasty grilled snack, like grilled corn. If you don’t like eating it straight from the cob, then I have a unitasker for you that will slow down that process and make it more difficult than necessary. The Corn Cob Peeler

Once again we meet a unitasker that does the exact same thing a knife does. (We still haven’t decided what to call these: Knife-taskers? Cutter-clutter?) Okay, so this one isn’t as big as the Corn Kerneler that we featured back in 2011, but this Corn Cob Peeler is still wholly unnecessary.

My maternal-side of the family is all about Kansas corn farming. I grew up playing in thousands of acres of corn fields (except during the fall, because that is patently unsafe), mostly field corn but also some sweet. In fact, I shucked sweet corn each year straight out of a truck-bed and our family ate it all year round (three cheers for canning and freezing!). They still do, I’m just not there to partake in all things corn.

I can tell you with absolute certainty, that this unitasker is a dud. Cutting corn kernels off a cob is much faster with a knife, therefore a knife saves you time, money, and storage space over this device. Don’t know how to cut corn off the cob? Let the following YouTube video show you how:

(Advanced tip: If the corn is uncooked, you can even flick the kernels out by hand. No knife required.)

7 Comments for “Unitasker Wednesday: Corn Cob Peeler”

  1. posted by Alexa on

    For three years, my mother would gift me a completely “new” way to take corn off the cob. 90% of them were ridiculously dangerous – razor-sharp blade easily in reach of a finger or leg-stabbing if the cob slipped. I didn’t use any of them before donating them.

    I like using a knife; I’ve always used a knife and never needed anything else.

    It took three years to finally convince her to stop gifting me corn decobbers. She thought it was quirky and useful and “had to get it for me when [she] saw it” – year after year.

    There’s way too many of these things out there.

  2. posted by Christine in Australia on

    It doesn’t ship to Australia! *lip wobbles*

    Seriously, the number of 5star reviews these things gather disturbs me. There must be an insane number of people out there with no idea of basic kitchen skills if they need all these knife replacements.

  3. posted by Pat Reble on

    I LOVE unitaskers! A German friend and I have carried out an annual exchange for years of the most ridiculous items we can (cheaply) lay our hands on. He sent me a battery powered de-icing tool for my windscreen (I live in Perth where the temperature never drops low enough to require one); I reciprocated with roo shoos to scare the kangaroos away from his car… and so on. Bring them on … So my lip is wobbling over this one as well – one of the quirks of the game is to remove the packaging and see if the recipient can work out what it’s supposed to be/do…

  4. posted by Dianne in the desert on

    OMG! Some enterprising so-and-so developed another of these things? I am 68 years young and have never bothered with these doodads. I was taught to use a knife for this job and I still use a knife. This one must be for the newlyweds who never learned how to use standard kitchen tools… You know… Forks, knives, spoons…. Too funny! Thanks for the laughs!

  5. posted by G. on

    I also use a knife. However, I would love to find a way to take the corn off the cob without slicing so many kernels open.

  6. posted by Erin Doland on

    @G — The easiest way I’ve found to remove the whole kernel is to remove the kernels before you cook the corn by flicking the kernel out with your bare hands. The whole kernel pops out pretty easily. If you cut a narrow strip down one of the sides of the corn with a pairing knife, just a single row of kernels, it makes popping out the rest of the kernels on the ear even easier. It gives you a bit of leverage to get started.

  7. posted by Erin Doland on

    @G — Here’s a video that is pretty much the same idea as what I suggested but instead of cutting a strip you just break the corn cob in two: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=32jjZ7wztaI (You don’t dirty a knife this way, so I’m definitely doing this in the future.)

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