As delicious as corn is, it can be too hot and slippery to hold onto. Give your kid buttered corn, and you will see what we mean. Since they are so hot when you take them out of the oven, it doesn’t hurt to use something like a corn holder.
This guide will teach you exactly how to use corn holders. As a bonus for you, we also included two cool alternate uses of corn holders you probably didn’t think of.
You can also use these to poke holes in your potatoes and safely cut onions. But before all that, let’s look at some corn holder history and discuss whether you need to use corn holders to eat corn in the first place. Aren’t your hands enough?
Do You Need a Corn Holder?
Back in the day, and we are talking about way back in the day, people just used their hands to eat corn. It wasn’t until the late 19th century when the upper class of the Victorian era noticed corn.
They were the ones that came up with all the elaborate ways of preparing and eating it. You would have seen two-tined forks used to eat corn at that time. Nowadays, corn holders are plastic and are made more like little toy corn.
We find that quite adorable. While corn holders aren’t a complete necessity to enjoy eating corn, they are just whimsical and a cool little gadget to have (and use).
Corn holders now look like little corn ears with blades or prongs popping out one of the ends, which you put inside the corn. You put two holders on each side of the corn, and then you eat it holding it with your fingers.
Corn holders are so popular because when you pull corn out of the microwave, they are really hot. Even if you prepare them in a pot of boiling water, they are too hot to eat actually.
But corn holders are there because they are cute. However, if you really dig into it, the benefit of a corn holder is actually quite more than it first seems.
Firstly, it gives you a way to properly grip the corn. Yes, you can handle the corn itself, but inserting these holders inside means, you don’t need to touch the corn at all, which is great since you probably don’t have to wash your hands. They can also make eating corn for a particularly clumsy person, also sometimes called kids.
Also, buttered corn can be quite slippery. Silly jokes aside, corn holders do have their place in the kitchen’s gadget cabinet and give eating corn that extra bit of joy.
How Do You Use Corn Holders?
Using a corn holder is pretty simple. Too simple some might even say. There are a few things you really need to keep in mind and that’s all there is to it.
Step 1 – Make Sure Your Corn Holders Are Clean
The prongs of your corn holders will make direct contact with the ears of your corn. So, you definitely want them to be as clean as possible. Make sure you know where the corn holder has been and give it a good wash before using them.
Step 2 – Insert the Corn Holders on Both Sides of the Corn Ears
All you need to do is take your corn holders and insert them on either side of the corn ears. Make sure they are snug in place, and the corn holder won’t fall or slip.
Step 3 – Eat the corn by holding the holders with your fingers
Now you have a perfectly convenient way of eating corn. Hold it by the two holders you just inserted and eat it right off the cob. You can rotate the corn in whichever direction you like, and it also makes it easy to hold slippery buttered corn as well.
Other Corn Holder Uses
Here are some bonus uses of corn holders. These versatile little gadgets can be actually used for other things apart from just eating corn.
Cut Onions with Corn Holders
Cutting onions can be quite a task. You get teary, and the onion juice on your hands can get in your eyes. Moreover, you can use corn holders to poke the onion and get a good hold of it as you cut it with your knife.
This way, you don’t need to touch the onion with your bare hands. That’s a cool thing if you ask us.
Poke Holes in Your Potatoes
Who doesn’t love a good baked potato? That’s a rhetorical question. Everyone does. You can use corn holders to poke a few holes in the potato and make sure they cook evenly.
Knowing how to use a corn holder is honestly one of the easiest things in the world. Hopefully, this guide helped you understand how you can easily enjoy delicious corn with the help of holders.