There’s nothing like a fresh ear of corn during the summer. It’s the perfect complement to any BBQ, and everyone loves it, even kids! My go-to preparations for fresh corn are boiling, grilling or sautéing. However, I have never been able to serve fresh corn to a crowd. Even my largest stock pot will hold a max of 8 ears. I recently learned a fabulous, foolproof way to prepare a dozen – or more! – ears of corn for a crowd. My new friend Jane Metzger introduced me to the method “cooler corn”. All you do is:

  1. Put shucked ears of corn in a cooler.
  2. Add enough boiling water to cover the corn.
  3. Close the lid and leave it for at least 30 minutes, up to 2 hours.

Presto! Perfectly cooked ears of corn for your party!

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Lee Clayton Roper


I’m Lee Clayton Roper, and I’m passionate about making cooking and entertaining easy, elegant and fun. Here you’ll find scrumptious recipes, helpful tips and seasonal menus that will spark inspiration in your kitchen!
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