I cannot take credit for this great tip. I learned it from watching the amazing Alton Brown on Food Network.
When cutting corn off the cob, use a small cup or bowl to balance one end of the cob on, so that your knife can slide down past the bottom of the corn cob, taking all the kernels off smoothly.
You’ll need a large, flat plate or tray; a small bowl, cup, or measuring cup; a sharp knife; and a pronged corn cob holder.
- Set your small bowl or cup, open side down, inside the tray or plate.
- Slice off one end of the cob, so that it is flat.
- Poke the pronged corn cob holder into the other end.
- Place the flat end of the cob on top of the cup close to the edge of it.
- Slice the kernels off the cob, using a slow sawing motion. Start at the top of the cob, and slide down past the cup to the tray.