Aug 22, 2019

Oh, Oh, what is in my mouth?

Last night ( Wednesday ) I made one of our special home cooked meals.  Colin had done a job in Vernon on Monday evening and came across a roadside booth selling sweet Chilliwack corn. Of course he purchased half a dozen.  It is the best corn that you can find here in B.C. and we only get it once or twice per year 😀   We cook our corn in the microwave.  We first shuck it and then wrap it in Saran Wrap.  Easy to quickly remove the saran once the corn is cooked and add what you like to make it perfect for your palate.  In our case we use flax oil and sea salt.

I was sitting there enjoying every bite when suddenly I felt something hard against my teeth.  I fished it out and was aghast. It looked like a piece of tooth had broken off.  However I was not about to stop eating my delicious cob of corn and put the bit of tooth to the side.  I could not feel the rough edge of a tooth with my tongue.  I wasn’t at all concerned as I had a dental appointment for the next day, today in fact, for my annual check up and cleaning.

My finished cob. In full disclosure, I had two cobs!

My bit of my broken tooth.

I moved onto the second cob and suddenly felt more pieces in mouth 😥 I still can’t believe what happened.

The pick I had been using to hold my piece of corn was falling apart.  Top right is what I thought was a piece of tooth.

Did you know that actual nails are used in these picks?  The first photo shows you what the corn cob holder looks like.  This last photo shows you how it is constructed.  Real nails 😯   I have had this set of four cob holders for many years and I assume that over time the plastic weakened and fell apart 😡  in my mouth, bit by bit 😥

A bit of a shock, but fortunately not my tooth breaking off, but at first I truly thought that is what had happened. I never had a chance to mention this to my dentist today but it turns out, that he is reading my blog 😎  Hopefully this will give him a chuckle 😉

 

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20 Responses to “Oh, Oh, what is in my mouth?”

  1. Phil says:

    I hope you don’t put the handles on the cob before you microwave the corn.

    • Contessa says:

      Of course not! Can’t do that in a microwave. I simply shuck the corn, wrap the cob in saran wrap and then nuke it for five minutes. That is with two cobs in at the same time.

  2. George Yates says:

    Nothing quite as good as fresh local corn we had the same picks and slowly fall apart over the years seldom use them any more.

  3. LIBBY RORKE says:

    YIKES. I JUST USE THOSE LITTLE PLASTIC HOLDERS THAT LOOK LIKE A MINI COB AT THE ENDS AFTER BOILING, NOTHING RUNNING THROUGH THE COB. THEY ONLY HAVE A 1″ NAIL PROTRUDING AND ONE A BIT SHORTER. GUESS THE NAILS ARE THE LENGTH OF THE ENTIRE HOLDER WHICH IS ABOUT 2 1/2″ IN TOTAL LENGTH. THERE IS A LESSON TO BE LEARNED HERE. MAYBE TRY NOT TO USE THESE HOLDERS ALL OUR LIVES BUT REPLACE THEN EVERY 5-10 YEARS? LOL! IT’S AMAZING YOUR MICROWAVE DIDN’T REACT TO THE METAL IN THE NAILS OR DID YOU PUT THEM IN AFTER NUKING? I’M CONFUSED!! BUT THAT’S EASY FOR ME. I HAVE ONLY TRIED NUKING 1 COB OF CORN AND DIDN’T ENJOY. MUST BE DOING SOMETHING WRONG. EACH KERNEL WAS SO HARD. LOOKS AS IF YOU MAY NEED A CROWN AND/OR BRIDGE. MOST OF US WOULDN’T HAVE THE LUCK OF ALREADY HAVING A DENTAL APPT BOOKED FOR THE DAY AFTER!!! AT LEAST SOMETHING WORKED OUT FOR YOU. GOOD LUCK.

    • Contessa says:

      I didn’t actually break my tooth. At first I thought that I had but it was a piece of the corn pick. Yes those nails only protrude about an inch with the one point slightly longer. I was surprised to see that it was an actual nail but then you need something sharp to dig into the cob. See my answer to Phil, no I did not use the picks until after the corn was cooked. If you cook the cobs too long in the microwave or not long enough the corn will be hard.

  4. Kathryn Tycho says:

    We have been getting Chilliwack corn here for the last couple of years. Its been available every week since July. Quite a good business for the young woman who has it shipped up here. She said she sells about 4500 lbs every week. No big amount of local corn to compete with up here in the north. I just put it in cold water, bring it to a boil and then turn it off to stand for a few minutes. Have always just used our fingers to eat corn…old school I guess! Glad it wasn’t your tooth.

    • Contessa says:

      Hmm I think my fingers would get burnt. Too hot to hold. There are only a few small booths from Chilliwack that set up here and there for a few weeks. Hard to find them.

  5. Suzanne says:

    Sometime, try microwaving it still in the husk. I microwave mine for about five minutes, then let them sit for another couple of minutes. Then cut the “stalk” end off (the end originally connected to the cornstalk.) Grab the pointy end with an oven mitt and squeeze. The cooked corn will slide out “clean” at the other end, leaving the silks still in the husks. No need to husk beforehand or wrap in plastic.

    My friend Mindy from Illinois showed me this. They are corn farmers. 😉

    • Contessa says:

      I have heard of that before. Somehow I think it might be messy which is why I never gave it a try. Okay, I will give it a try. I will let you know how it all turns out.

      • Suzanne says:

        Yeah, you’re right. Much less messy to pull the husks and silks off string by string. 😉 Besides, cooking in the husk, you miss out on all the added “nutrients”like PBA and phthalates that come from using plastic in the microwave.

  6. Thank goodness you never swallowed it! We just use our hands lol – like cavemen. I do have to say I miss Taber corn from Alberta but there is some seriously good corn grown here on Vancouver Island as well which we’ve been enjoying. My favorite is peaches and cream.

    • Contessa says:

      I don’t think that I ever had Taber corn although I have heard that it is excellent. I don’t mind using my hands but it is too hot to hold. I like my food hot. Yummy peaches and cream.

  7. SandyM says:

    Oh my….that is not good! What a relief it was not a tooth. Our corn picks have two prongs and they are very little compared to that nail. Rex likes them but I, too, use the caveman style and just use my fingers to hold the cob. I like to wash my corn, put it in a micro safe dish, cover with Saran and nuke it for about 2.30 minutes for each cob. Good fresh corn is delicious.

    • Contessa says:

      You only see how long the pick is ( truly it is a nail ) once the plastic has broken apart. There is just about an inch sticking out when it is not broken. I bet yours are the same. Tell Rex to be careful. Another way to cook it. Everyone seems to agree on five minutes.

  8. Davy says:

    Thank you for sharing that story. My whole family got a big laugh out of that. We can see that happening easily!

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