Corn is quintessential summer. It's easy to measure the passing of the short-but-sweet season during long drives down roads flanked by cornfields: The taller the stalks get, the fewer lazy days we have left.

Here's the thing: When your seasonality window is small and time is running out, a sharpened toolkit of knowledge is essential. If you're not careful, corn will slip through your fingers — and not just because it's covered in butter. Consider these tips and recipes your arsenal.

  • First, choose your ears carefully. We all know the peek-and-see trick, but these tips will help you decide whether an ear is worthy of your kitchen, just by looking at it.
  • Get those husks off. Hint: The microwave is your secret weapon.

This article originally appeared on Everything you need to know about corn

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