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Does it affect the taste?

Yes, leaving the husks on will affect the flavor, at least in my opinion - I like it though. I usually don't cook corn with the husk on, unless I'm grilling or smoking something to serve as a primary - Then it's just a natural to use the heat already in the grill/smoker to its fullest extent. I might and often do add a potato, onion, tomato and/or other vegetables and perhaps some fruit, maybe a sliced, lightly salted and peppered apple or some slices of pineapple. If you plan the timing right, they're all done at the same time, I like the meals and haven't crossed many who didn't.

The last few times I grilled or smoked corn in the husk, I left the silk on, until removing the husks to eat the corn - The silk came off a lot more readily and cleanly and I didn't notice any difference in the flavor, plus the husks tended to more completely surround the corn to better shield the kernels of corn from the heat of the grill or in the smoker. Corn silk is actually processed and sold in various forms, so I don't think that cooking corn with the silk and husk left on will hurt me:

Alternative Health & Herbs Remedies Corn Silk
Corn Silk (425mg) 100 caps
Cornsilk No Color Loose Powder Matte
Organic Cornsilk Tea - 24 Tea Bags

http://www.amazon.com/Alternative-Health-Herbs-Remedies-1-Ou...

When I boil corn on the cob on a stove, I use to add some salt to the water, until a friend introduced me to using granulated sugar instead of the salt - I thought it tasted better, the corn remained more moist and gained a bit of sweetness... I've used sugar since.

Bob
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