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How can I get rid of the rubber taste of blanched corn?

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To begin with, standard garden hoses (usually green and sometimes black) should not be used as a source of drinking water. The rubber that is used might not be pure and so could contain contaminants that might get into the water, making it unsafe. These contaminants are chemical in nature and so boiling of the water would not necessarily destroy them. Therefore, if one is going to use a hose as a source of drinking water, they should use a food-grade hose (usually white and available at many hardware stores). The most probable reason for the rubber tasting corn is that the water that was used sat in the hose for a long time and there was possible some absorption of the rubber into the water. I think that this probably is only likely if the water is slightly acidic. The corn is probably safe to eat but because we are not certain, it would be best if they do not eat it. There is no way to eliminate the rubber flavor.

PREPARED BY: Angela M. Fraser, Ph.D., Associate Professor/Food Safety Specialist, NC State University in July 2004

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