Taking some time out from regular housework today, I gave the Pres a hand. It was time...not to make the donuts...but time to make the corn.
Did you know that each strand of silk on an ear of corn goes to just one kernel for pollination? Did you know that the ends/edges of the field typically do not get pollinated as well as the interior of the field? In this photo the ear on the left is pollinated poorly and the ear on the right shows you the direction in which the silk falls.
|Poorly pollinated (left) & Well Pollinated (right)|
Shucking the eight dozen ears was step number one. Then it was time to get the water to a rolling boil before placing in the first batch. The corn is then boiled for about five minutes
The corn is then placed into the cold water bath where it sits for about another five minutes.
The next step is to remove the kernels off the cob. The Pres does this part because my hands are too weak. However, don't think I'm sitting resting somewhere. I begin the bagging process as soon as there's enough in the big blue pot.
While doing this, the Pres made a suggestion. Next summer, the kids can come over and we'll all do this together. That will be fun!
Using one of my old antique scoops, the bags are filled with a pre-determined number of scoops, then after squeezing out the air and zipping them up, they are labelled and stacked in the freezer. We got twenty two bags added to the existing supply of twenty. Not bad for just plain corn.