Today while checking my blog stats I noticed that a viewer found the way to my posting of “How to pull and shuck corn and earn $4.00” by using these words: “how do you prepare corn cobs for use as”
The viewer left no comment, so I will never know what task may have faced—so to speak—the corn cobs in reference to the viewer’s question. In the old days, a corn cob had but one use other than its original task of providing a mount for the kernels of corn, a task assigned by the God of Corn and Mother Nature.
If the viewer wants to know how to prepare a corn cob for that use, it needs only be bereft of its kernels and dried. I suppose a roasted ear of corn—one shorn of its kernels by a diner—could be used before being thoroughly dried. While the process would be a bit messy, so to speak, the wet or even slightly damp cob would be far more soothing than a thoroughly dried cob, but not nearly as effective.
Way back in the good (?) old days corn cobs were used for the same clean-up task that was, and still is, assigned to toilet tissues. When dried corn is shelled from the cob, the small depressions left by the kernels being removed leave the cob rough—very rough—to the touch.
And trust me—not even one in a thousand of today’s youngsters know the true origin of rough as a cob. Perhaps this posting will spread the word and let younger generations know that old times were not romantic at all times.
How to pull and shuck corn and earn $4.00 . . .