Everyone loves corn on the cob in the summer and it’s a great addition to a party, picnic or BBQ. But one of the biggest struggles is how to butter it! I learned a nifty trick for How to Butter Corn on the Cob for a Party from my Grandmother many years ago. Butter isn’t cheap and there’s no need to be wasteful with butter or money! This trick avoids messy butter getting everywhere or people taking more butter than they need.
My Grandmother had a small catering business and I helped her from a very young age. I learned many cooking and entertaining tips from her, but this (and my love of butter) are perhaps my favorite things she taught me!
Dipping corn in melted butter is great and all, but you need lots of butter in a deep container, right? What a waste of perfectly good butter!
So, so very very WRONG.
Just as oil and water don’t mix, neither does butter and water. So, by allowing melted butter to float (naturally) on top of warm water, when corn is dipped in the butter fully coats the entire cob on it’s way out!
Let’s face it, butter isn’t cheap and there’s no need to be wasteful with butter or money. This trick avoids messy butter getting everywhere or people taking more butter than they need.
Supplies you need:
- 1/2 gallon wide mouth canning jar
- Water, preferably filtered
- Slow Cooker
- Stainless Steel Kitchen Tongs
The Easiest Way to Butter Corn on the Cob for a Party
#1: Fill a wide-mouth half-gallon jar with 5 cups of hot water
#2: Add 1 pound of melted butter.
Yes. you heard me correctly BUTTER… not faux butter are margarine. For your health (and the best taste) it’s butter or don’t bother!
#3: Let’s your guests dip their own ears of cob into the jar.
#4: Your corn on the cob is fully buttered and ready to eat!
When serving corn on the cob picnic style, create a water bath in your crock pot.
Now isn’t that easy??? And a lot less fuss. You can thank my Grandma for this tip 🙂
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I use dairy-free butter?
Generally speaking most types of diary free butter SHOULD stay separated from the water however that depends on which brand you prefer. I would try melting a little bit of the dairy free butter in water first to make sure it stays separate before using a full pound for a party!
Can I use a smaller Jar?
The jar size is determined by the size of the ear of corn. So for all full-sized ears of corn, they need full submerged which means the best size option is the 1/2 gallon that I recommend.
Why do I need a slow cooker?
The slow cooker or crock pot, keeps the water HOT and the butter melted throughout your event.
Can I add seasonings to the butter/water mixture?
You can use herbs and spices to flavor the butter but be cautions because many will just sink to the bottom – like chunks of garlic or garlic powder. However using fresh garlic will infuse the butter with a garlic flavor and can be wonderful.
How to set up a Corn Buttering Station
Here’s a photo I snapped at a party I helped with, showing how to setup your corn buttering station:
And here are the cards that I use to instruct how to use the corn buttering station, if you can’t save this image just reach out and I can send it to you!
Looking for more BBQ & Party friendly recipes?? Try these:
- Copycat Creamy Coleslaw
- Creamy Bacon Pea Salad
- Confetti Egg Salad
- Easy Keto BBQ Sauce Recipe
- EASY Keto Broccoli Salad Recipe
Yours in Health,
How to Butter Corn on the Cob for a Party
- Combine hot water and melted butter in half gallon canning jar. Initially it will get mixed up but will separate into distinct layers quickly.
- Use for parties, picnics and BBQs to butter corn on the cob.