I've never seen anyone shucking an ear of corn at the grocery store, but I'm sure they have their reasons for doing it and would be happy to share it with you if you'd ask. I just grab and ear and keep moving. I must admit that I haven't been disappointed yet. Never really thought about it, actually. I never understimate what I can learn from people who shop/cook more than I do; if their tips make sense, I store them away for future use; if not, I discard them in my "memory circular file".
I've got this thing about cartons of eggs. I've never been surprised by a missing egg from a carton, since I open them before I put them in my cart. If there is a cracked/damaged egg, I have been known to open another carton and start moving the bad eggs to another carton, to put them all together as I assemble my own undamaged carton. Yes....I build my own carton! Beats rummaging through 10 cartons for a good bunch. I make sure the expiration dates are all similar, too! I was always shocked at how many people look at a carton, don't like what they see, look through another carton, and on and on and one. They are there FOREVER! :lol
I do the same thing with eggs, prhoshay. Besides just looking at the eggs to make sure they're not cracked, I also try moving each egg with my finger. If an egg doesn't move, it usually means it's cracked on the bottom and is stuck to the carton. One time I was with my mom and did my egg check after she did a quick glance to make sure they were ok. I found a dead fly under one of the eggs. Needless to say, we put that carton back. I've had other times that the eggs weren't broken but they looked dirty or the carton looked dirty so I didn't get that carton.
Like you said, it's hard to find one good carton so if I find one that has one or two broken eggs, I'll remove the bad eggs (if I can) and replace them with eggs from a different carton. When I get home, I move the eggs into old cartons I keep on hand (after they've been washed) and clean the carton they came in. I like to have a few empty cartons to keep hardboiled eggs separate from the uncooked eggs in the refrigerator or to take hardboiled eggs to parties to make deviled eggs with at the host's house.
Anymore, I've started getting mostly Eggland's Best eggs. Their cartons are always in good shape and I hardly ever find broken eggs. It's worth paying a little more for better quality.
In the grocery where I shop, they have a garbage can next to the fresh corn and a sign that reads " Go ahead and shuck all you want". :laugh
Our corn from the garden was in last week and I've had about all the shucking practice I want for awhile. :laugh
pikacu I had wondered if the Eggland's Best eggs where worth the extra cost.
I grow my own corn, eggs, chickens, beef, pork, and fruits and veggies. I know this isn't possible for most people, but it saves us a tremendous amount of money, plus I know the quality of our food. (hormones, pesticides, etc.)
A part of me thinks that I should carry a black marker to make a "X" on the damaged carton, but I don't carry a purse in the grocery store! :lol
At the farmers' markets I go to, there's always a trash bin for shucking your own corn before going home (lots of apartment dwellers appreciate this; I usually just clean out the silk but leave a couple layers of husk intact) -- though several of the farm stands will shuck for the asking.
And there are ALWAYS clearly marked samples at the farmers' markets. No brainer as to where I get my produce -- and, luckily, farmers' markets are year 'round (here).
I hardly ever find broken eggs with Eggland's Best. Their packaging is superior, and I think their eggs are, too. If you read up on it, it has to do with what they feed their chickens.
I don't mind shucking corn at home because I keep a compost pile.