Harvesting Popcorn Kernels from the Cob

As a popcorn enthusiast with a penchant for local foods, I make sure to stock up on ears of popcorn from nearby farms when they come into season. Popcorn ears can serve as a seasonal room decor till they’re ready to use.

Popcorn on the cob.

Popcorn on the cob.

To remove the kernels, line a bowl with a clean towel to keep the dislodged kernels from bouncing out of the bowl. Rub two cobs together to abrade each other, and use a slight twisting motion to work with the natural spiral of the seeds.

Line a bowl with a clean towel and rub the cobs together.

Line a bowl with a clean towel and rub the cobs together to remove the kernels.

Most kernels slide from the ears of corn with little effort using this technique. Sometimes, when small kernels prove difficult to remove, I abrade them free by twisting the ear in a chain mail scrubber used for cast iron cookware.

Five cobs of popcorn yields about a quart of kernels, or eight servings.

Five cobs of popcorn yields about a quart of kernels, or eight servings.

I compost the cleaned cobs and any kernels that don’t pop. With zero food waste and no plastic packaging to dispose of, I enjoy the gratifying crunch and direct ties to the land of hand-harvested popcorn.

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