Canned Corn kernel is kernel corn, with water. Sugar and salt may be added. A kernel of corn is wrapped in a tough, fibrous outer hull (bran) and in canned corn kernel, the kernels are separated from the outer hull and canned. Corn is known scientifically as Zea mays and is commonly known as maize, by which it is known throughout many areas of the world.
An important food plant that is native to America, corn is thought to have originated in either Mexico or Central America. It has been a staple food in native civilizations since primitive times with some of the earliest traces of meal made from corn dating back about 7,000 years.
Canned corn kernels make for a convenient, nutritious way for families to enjoy corn year round. White (smaller sweeter) and yellow (bigger, more flavor) kerneled corn are the most popular eating varieties and are readily available across stores.
How to select
Since heat rapidly converts the sugar in corn to starch, it is very important to choose canned corn kernel that is displayed in a cool place. Ensure that the cans are not bulging or are dented. After opening, if you find a foul odour or cloudy solution, it would be best to discard the contents. Pull out the kernels and it should be plump, yellow in color.
· Serve canned corn heated or use in soups, stews, chowders, stuffing, relishes, fritters, and main dishes Heat only to serving temperature and serve soon after heating. Do not allow to boil.
· Combine corn with lima beans to make healthy salads.
· Add variety to corn by mixing with one or more vegetables such as tomatoes, green peppers, or onions.
· Add flavor to canned corn with seasonings such as celery, onion or garlic powder, chili powder, chili sauce, paprika, nutmeg, marjoram, thyme, dried sage, instant onion, or black pepper.
· Well-drained corn may be added to cornbread batter.
· Matches well with: bacon, basil, butter, chiles, chives, cilantro, cream, garlic, lemon, lime, onions, parsley, peppers, scallions.
How to store
Store unopened cans in a cool, dry place off the floor. Avoid freezing or exposure to direct sunlight. Sudden changes in temperature shorten shelf life and speed deterioration. Store opened corn in a tightly covered nonmetallic container and refrigerate. Use within 2 to 4 days.
· Corn's contribution to heart health lies not just in its fiber, but in the significant amounts of folate that corn supplies.
· Corn kernels are a good source of many nutrients including thiamin (vitamin B1), pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), folate, dietary fiber, vitamin C, phosphorus and manganese.
· Folate, which you may know about as a B-vitamin needed to prevent birth defects, also helps to lower levels of homocysteine, an amino acid that can directly damage blood vessels.