Cooler Corn Going Around on Social Media Not All It’s Popped Up to Be
We all know how quickly things can spread on social media. Yesterday on Facebook, I saw a couple of posts labeled “Cooler Corn” and friends saying they could hardly wait for corn season so they could try this.
The premise is that if you’re cooking a lot of ears of corn for a crowd, you can clean a regular cooler, place ears of corn in the cooler and dump boiling hot water over the corn, close the lid and allow them to cook.
The method is said to be an old method used by campers.
That well may be, but when I read it, I knew there was something that didn’t quite smell right about this method of cooking.
When I checked out Snopes, it hit me. Coolers are made of plastic, and plastic is made of chemicals which leach into food or beverages when heated.
As Snopes points out, although cooler containers are not known to contain the very toxic chemical BPA, which has been linked to certain types of cancers, coolers are still not meant to be cooking vessels.
“When heated, plastics can release some of the chemicals used to make them into the food they encase. It is for this reason you should never cook or reheat foods in plastic containers unless they are specifically marked ‘microwaveable’ or ‘microwave safe.'”
It goes on to say that’s why plastics should not be used in the heated drying cycle of a dishwasher, lest the plastics become hot enough to leach the chemicals they contain and infect the foods subsequently stored in them.
I heat exclusively now with the oven or toaster oven and we use all glass containers.
While this method of cooking corn might have long been used by campers, I’m suspecting it was when coolers were all metal and before everything was made of plastic.
I personally would not trust cooking my food in this way.
Thoughts on cooler corn?