I had a debate with a friend recently about the merits of corn strippers. OK, I know what you're thinking...'get a life.' And normally I would agree; however, I take my corn stripper very seriously. Incidentally, corn strippers having nothing to do with the removal of clothing; lewd or lascivious behaviour. They simply strip corn from the cob.

If you're like me, you enjoy the sunny sweet taste of fresh corn on the cob. And if you're like me, you also hate the icky feeling of corn kernels wedged between your teeth. My friend and I are in agreement on that note. Where we differ is on which corn stripper does it best. Needless to say, there's more than one option for the corn stripper discerning public.

My friend's choice is the Kuhn Rikon Corn Zipper, a Y-shaped serrated peeler. She thinks it's great because she can remove several rows of kernels at a time by running it along the cob. My issue with this product is it's unstable and, frankly, messy, messy, messy. I might as well use a knife--in fact, I'd prefer a knife to this stripper.