Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Pickled Baby Corn

The baby corn to make baby corn pickles can be very hard to find. I've mostly found it at markets where there are a lot of Mennonite vendors; St. Jacobs in particular. It will also be expensive. It should be. Do you want to husk all those itty, bitty little cobs of corn? No. No, you don't. Give the nice lady the really very reasonable sum of money she is asking for, and a big smile. Also, go early or it will have sold out.

Of course if you are a masochist you could try growing a variety of corn specially bred for baby corn - there are several out there - and then husking them yourself. I haven't quite gotten there yet, but maybe next year or the year after.

Needless to say, these are a rare treat to be brought out on special occasions. The texture is intriguing and the delicate corn flavour and sweet-sour tang makes a good contrast to other pickles and relishes. They go well with almost any kind of meat, but especially more mildly flavoured ones like fish or chicken, as well as cheeses and cold cuts.

7 250-ml jars
1 hour prep time

Pickled Baby Corn
1 cup water
1 cup white vinegar
1 cup sugar
2 quarts (8 cups) fresh baby corn cobs

Put the jars to be used in a canner and cover with water by at least an inch. Bring to a boil and boil them for 10 minutes.

Be sure the corn cobs are quite small and that they have been well cleaned. Boil them for ten minutes in salted water and drain well. Pack them in the sterilized 250-ml jars.

Make a hot brine of the liquid ingredients, and pour them over the corn, to 1/4 inch of the top. Wipe the rims and seal the jars with prepared lids and rings (boiled 5 minutes) and process in a boiling water bath (back in the canner, in other words) for 10 minutes.

Last year at this time I was messing around with Sauerkraut.


Joanne said...

I don't think I've ever seen these in a store or market! I would NOT want to husk them...heck I barely want to husk regular corn. Pickling them is a great idea!

Anonymous said...

We'd really like to try making these this year and are going to check in with our local farmers to see if we can get our hands on these little guys. We live in Northern Ontario so we should be able to find them somewhere. Really enjoying your blog!

Anonymous said...

When (what month)should I start looking at markets and with farmers for the BABY CORN for pickling???

Anonymous said...

When (what month)should I start looking at markets and with farmers for the BABY CORN for pickling???

Heidilynn said...

Pickled baby corn can be made from any 'cow corn' (field corn)and since we have lots of acres of field corn right beside the house this year, I'd feel guilty NOT making them. Was looking for a recipe and found yours. Going to give it a try, so thanks so much!