The Easiest Way to Remove Sticky Silk Strands from Corn

Shucking doesn't have to be hard

You know those pesky silk strands that stick to everything when you’re trying to shuck your corn? Here’s the brilliant trick to remove them, minus the mess.

What you need: A clean toothbrush and, oh, about a dozen ears of corn for the crowd you’re about to feed

What you do: After you remove the leaves, run the ear of corn under cold water and use your toothbrush to gently brush the silk off.

Why this works: The bristles are stiff, so they pick up all the strands that are tricky to remove by hand, and now you can move on with your life.

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Lindsay Champion

Freelance Editor

From 2015-2020 Lindsay Champion held the role of Food and Wellness Director. She continues to write for PureWow as a Freelance Editor.
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