Loaves & Dishes
By Jennie Geisler Erie Times-News staff blogger
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Posted: July 28th, 2011
Corn in the bag

My MIL likes to sew simple things for all of us. She just gave me a “potato bag,” which is a large cotton pouch designed to help cook potatoes in the microwave. It also works for corn on the cob. I don’t know much about fabric, but I know it has to be natural fiber like cotton, with no polyester, which would melt. The batting has to be cotton as well, she told me.
I tried it last night with corn on the cob and it worked like a charm. It traps the heat and moisture around the vegetable so it cooks faster without the need for a plate and plastic wrap.
I shucked the corn first, and then read the bag directions, which said not to shuck the corn first. But I just wrapped the ears in paper towels, put them in the bag. Two ears cooked in 4 minutes. Way better than boiling a pot of water on a hot summer day.
If you happen to find yourself at a craft fair this summer, you might want to look for one. Mine is really cute. She made it with a light brown and black Southwestern-style print. It’s washable and folds up and fits in my dish towel basket.
Speaking of corn, early local varieties are ready. I bought some in my little Conneaut grocery and it was almost too sweet. Nothing salt and butter spray couldn’t fix.
Check out my Sweet Corn Salsa recipe Wednesday, Aug. 3.
Until then, if you don’t have a potato bag, you can grill the corn in its husks with this great idea.
If you know your way around a sewing machine, you can make a potato bag yourself.

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