How to Buy, Store, and Cook With Sweet Corn, In Season in August

July 30, 2015

Everybody freak out—it’s sweet corn season. We look forward to this all year long, and with good reason: When picked at the peak of ripeness, this grain is loaded with sweet, tender kernels that are great for boiling and slathering with butter, grilling, sautéing, or just eating raw.

Seek out corn that was picked as recently as possible—from a same-day harvest, if you can. It looses sweetness and degrades in quality the longer it sits at the farmstead or at the supermarket, so don’t be shy in asking. It’s not uncommon for ears to be marred by…