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Cook Corn On The Cob For A Crowd

Have you ever heard of  “Cooler Corn”?

This method for cooking loads of corn on the cob is simply genius. It’s the easiest way to cook corn for a crowd.

Our whole family loves corn on the cob. When we all get together there are at least a dozen adults and a load of kids at the table. That means several dozen ears of corn. In the past we would cook them all in several large pots. A dear friend of ours, a very capable Minnesota cook with years of camping experience, asked us recently “have you ever heard of cooler corn?”. I sure haven’t so she explained the process to us.

Make Cooler Corn In 3 Easy Steps:

Easy to make cooler corn on the cob

Cook Cooler Corn For A Crowd

Step 1 – Find a Coleman cooler and wipe it clean.

Step 2 – Fill it with the shucked ears.

Step 3 – Pour kettles-full of boiling water over the corn and close the top.

That’s it! After 30 minutes the corn is perfectly cooked.

Wow, it doesn’t get any easier than that. And I’m told that the corn will remain at the perfect level of ‘doneness’ for a couple of hours.

Cooler Corn is perfect for large barbecues and way less of a mess than grilling. In fact, we may have to buy another Coleman cooler just so we’re ready for camping with Nick’s extended family.

Do you have a corn on the cob recipe to share? Please leave us a comment below.

8 Responses to Cook Corn On The Cob For A Crowd

  • I love this idea, can’t wait to try it! Bet it tastes super fresh!

  • Hi, I’m not the Mary who commented previously, I’m new. Found your site searching for something altogether different on Dean Koontz. I appreciate this steamed corn recipe, I’ll have to give this a whirl this summer. While I don’t have anything to top that, my family just adores this compound butter of lime and marjoram to go with steamed corn on the cob, even on corn bread. It’s simply for each stick of butter, mix in 1 tsp lime zest and 1 tsp dried marjoram or 2 tsp fresh marjoram. It’s easy to blend this together in a food processor. I pop this together the night before, put it into a glass container, cover it and let it sit up in the fridge for the flavors to combine.

    • Hi Mary M, we are very happy you found us. Your butter recipe sounds delicious. We will give it a try the next time we make steamed or grilled corn. Thank you so much for sharing your recipe. Nick and I are both big Dean Koontz fans and have most of his books in our home library.

  • Does the boiling water ruin the cooler? How many pots of boiling water? 2 kettles?

    • Jeni,
      Thanks for visiting our site! To answer your questions:
      Q. Does the boiling water ruin the cooler? A. No, the coolers are built to withstand hot and cold temperatures.
      Q. How many pots of boiling water? A. 2 or as many as it takes to cover the amount of corn that you have in the cooler.
      Let us know how your cooked corn turns out. :)

  • I have a wedding in ColoradoSprings Colorado in March . Can I also use frozen corn on the cob? It’s for 125 people!

    • Hi Debra, I wouldn’t know why not. Just adjust the length of time the corn is in the cooler, depending on if it is still frozen or not. Maybe you want to give it a trial-run with a couple of cobs the week or so ahead of the wedding.

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