Ah summer. Long sunny days in the warm air, watching kids run through the sprinkler, and fresh corn on the cob. Is there anything better? Perhaps watching kids run through the sprinkler on a long sunny day while eating corn on the cob. Oh and perhaps watching the neighbor out sunbathing... But I digress.
My family loves corn on the cob. But we've always hated the mess that comes with buttering and eating them. We've used the Pampered Chef Corn Cob Nobs for several years now and they haven't failed us. They are an excellent and necessary addition to the summer ritual of watching the neighbor sunbathe- er, I mean eating corn on the cob.
What it is ••
The Pampered Chef Corn Cob Nobs are little green screws with handles on them. You screw them into the ends of the cob and munch away.
•• Features and Commentary ••
Like most things from Pampered Chef, the Pampered Chef Corn Cob Nobs are over-priced, but excellent quality. Instead of being plastic which is not very dishwasher safe, they are made of nylon, which is virtually indestructible. Unless you're talking about panty hose which are designed to tear and run. Not that I would know personally, I'm just sayin'...
There are many ways to make corn on the cob and most people boil it or grill it. I don't recommend using the cob nobs on the grill because they will melt. They're tough, but not that tough. the other way is to boil them. The cob nobs are perfect for this imperfect way of cooking the corn. They won't melt or scorch. Imperfect you say? Actually, yes. The milky yellow water left at the bottom of the pot is where all the vitamins and a lot of the flavor go. The best way to make corn is to microwave them. Microwave them? Surely, you jest! No I do not and don't call me Shirley.
The best use of the nobs is to cut off just the very ends of the cobs. Place said corn cobs in your left hand and nob in the right hand. Insert the tip of the nob into the very center and screw it in. Proceed with the other side. Now place all the nobbed cobs into a 9x13 pan, add 1 teaspoon of water for each cob, cover with plastic wrap and nuke for 2 minutes per cob. This has the effect of steaming the corn and it is much faster than boiling. Needless to say the nobs work perfectly under such duress, though be warned they will be hot.
The only downside to the nobs is the nob removal process. You must get a firm grip on chewed cob and unscrew them. This can be rather gross if the cobs were consumed by messy children or my Aunt Rose. But there's no way around it. Grab hold of the partially consumed food and do what you need to do.
And finally, the price is a little ridiculous. $4 for 8 pieces of molded nylon? I would guess you can find a suitable alternative for far cheaper.
•• Conclusion ••
Cob nobs are an essential part of summer and they provide a solution for hot, messy corn on the cob. And if you're really inventive, you might be able to use the point to to pick out the corn that inevitably gets stuck between your teeth.
Amount Paid (US$): 4
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