I've shucked a lot of corn in my life. As a kid, our big extended family would gather at our cabin on summer weekends, and it was my job to shuck however many ears of fresh sweet corn everyone bought at farm stands on the way north. Below is the method that I find works best, quickest, and without external technology, while still passing my grandmother's test for being silk-free. I've watched people gently peel back one layer of husk at a time. It pains me.
Note: Some people like to blast corn ears in a microwave for 2 or 3 minutes first since the steam created makes the cobs super easy to shuck. It works, but microwaves aren't always available and I don't always want my corn a bit cooked before I get started with it.
01 of 07
02 of 07
03 of 07
04 of 07
Pull Husks Down
Pull the hunk of husks all the way down to reveal the cob full of kernels.
Starting back at the top where the silk tassels are, pull down another section of husks. I can often shuck an ear of corn in just two big sections, but bigger cobs or those with particularly tight husks may need three sections.Continue to 5 of 7 below.
05 of 07
06 of 07
Remove Any Silk
There may be strands of silk clinging to the kernels. Simply pull these off. There are special brushes for this, but I've never found them all that effective. Some people recommend using a dry paper towel to catch and pull off the silks. Again, I've never found that any more effective than just picking them off with my fingers, but give it a try if you like.
07 of 07