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where can I buy good stone ground grits?

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The last I found at Publix was full of weevils. Most of the grits in grocery stores these days are quick grits and not fit to eat. Gotta have the slow cook stone ground kind which I can't find.

I noticed one poster here who said " grits is". Aren't grits always plural?

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  1. You're a grits lover too!!!!! Gotcha!!!!!!!! At long last. Left the "s" off and here I am. See ya tomorrow if the puddles are gone!

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    1. re: C Deluca
      1wiener hound

      Not quite sure what the Deputy's post was about maybe there was some hidden meaning that only Midland's folk understand. In the Lowcounty once the grits get on the plate it does not matter as to singular or plural we just say hominy.

    2. Anson Mills in Columbia has some. Check out their site. Four Oaks (US 1 at I-20 in Lexington County) is advertising them on their sign.

      Link: http://www.ansonmills.com/index.html

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      1. re: Cpt. Wafer

        Definitely. Anson Mills makes literally the best grits in the world.

      2. Paul, the Gourmet Shop in Five Points sells Anson Mills product frozen. I buy a couple of bags and bring them back north every time I am in Columbia.

        If they're real stone ground ala Anson Mills, they'll need to stay frozen. Otherwise, they will become rancid. They also have to be soaked in cold water to remove the chaff.

        I'm not sure if the taste difference is so great that it's worth the $8 a pound cost. But, Charlie Trotter thinks they are. He serves Anson Mills Grits in his very famous restaurant.

        1. Anson Mills is worth the extra bucks for dinner on Friday but not for breakfast on Wednesday. Commander's Palace in NOLA has them air shipped and keeps them in the freezer.

          1. Try Boykin Mill in Boykin SC, they grind their own grits. Near Camden down 521 towards Sumter then turn off on 261. There is also a great resturant there, Boykin Mill Pond.

              1. re: Ike!

                This company, "Carolina Plantation" also sells cloth bags of local rice, grown in the Pee Dee area. They are sold at some Harris Teeters (esp in Florence, SC)and at some specialty stores.

                1. re: Ike!

                  has anyone tried Carolina plantation grits? I just ordered them and not sure if these were the best choice

                    1. re: Johnette

                      A friend shared his Carolina Plantation grits with me, when he was down to his last two bags.
                      Now I order my own.

                      Someday, I'll try the ones that need to be kept frozen, but for now, the Carolina's are so much better than instant that they have become one of my guilty pleasures. Mr Shallots having been forced to eat instant grits in his childhood, refuses to try them, so more for me.

                      1. re: shallots

                        I thought you were supposed to keep them all in the freezer

                        1. re: quazi

                          i don't keep hominy grits in the freezer. my mom keeps hers in the fridge. not sure about the stone-ground, but they haven't been treated with lye. so....more perishable?

                          1. re: quazi

                            beth, the wood's corn mill grits are reasonable at $4 /$2#. how is the texture? i like coarser grits, myself.....

                            <i don't know why this reply to beth's post (below) jumped up here -- unless it is because i posted something earlier on the thread -- just above this one, now.>

                            the old mill at guilford has a better price, even still -- at $2.60 / 2#.

                          2. re: shallots

                            Carolina Plantation Rice is a customer of mine and i am fortunate enough to go by regularly. Everything is the real deal. i love, love , love their rice. I know this is a grits thread but that rice.... http://www.carolinaplantationrice.com...
                            these grits are not for anyone in a hurry but they are worth the time.

                          3. re: Johnette

                            well I had used Anson Mills previously and although they took longer to cook,I found that they creamier and the texture was more what I have had.. carolina plantation grits were good if you have't have Anson... my opionion only- any suggestions? I need more

                            1. re: Johnette

                              I actually just saw this reply so I apologize that istwas so long ago you posted it..one more thing- I thought Carolinas were more like regular grits than stone ground

                          4. Outside of Greensboro, NC, there is an old historic mill that still grinds meal. They will mail orders.

                            Its calle the Old Mill of Guilford, its been around since the Revolutionary War days

                            Link: http://www.oldmillofguilford.com/

                            1. There are a few good brands out there, but hands-down, Anson Mills is the VERY best. I'm not sure where they're sold retail, though, as the mill hq doesn't. Sure, they are a bit pricey, but in my opinion very worth it, especially for special occasions.

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                              1. re: Rand

                                Special occasions? Grits??? Wow. Rand, my hat is off to you.

                              2. Try Woodscornmill.com . I get them from Happy Cow Dairy in Greenville County every time I go back to visit family. They also have corn meal as well.

                                1. We have purchased these (great stone-ground yellow, and white) at the College of the Ozarks (mill right off the property) and also at Blackberry Farm, Walland, TN. My wife now orders her's from Blackberry Farm's store.


                                  1. I buy this product in the Atlanta area but they can be ordered from their website: http://www.loganturnpikemill.com/
                                    Excellent quality - 30 min. cook time.

                                    1. If you can't wait for them to arrive by mail, always check your local farmer's market.

                                      1. There is a difference between quick grits and instant grits. Nothing wrong with quick grits...and no, they are far from being done in the "5-minutes" it says to cook them. It's 45 minutes or no grits in my house.

                                        I think instant grits are precooked and freeze dried. They really aren't worth the box they're packaged in.

                                        Quick grits on the other hand are what you eat at the majority of restaurants/diners that serve grits.

                                        Besides quick grits, I also like unbleached (yellow) coarse ground grits sometimes labeled as polenta.

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                                        1. re: JayL

                                          instant grits -- a bane on human existence. quick grits -- just fine for brekkie! ;-).

                                        2. I've been buying great speckled grits and cornmeal (sounds like a Roy Acuff song) from Nora Mill in Georgia.
                                          White or yellow, both good. Service has been excellent.

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                                          1. re: Anonimo

                                            I have been mail-ordering from Falls Mills in Belvidere, TN after visiting. http://www.fallsmill.com/store.html. They're very good.

                                            1. re: ksbee


                                              fyi, ksbee, the "period" at the end of your link invalidates the hot link. leave a space around both ends of a website hot link.....

                                              1. re: alkapal

                                                I buy mine from Mast General Store, stone ground, can't remember the brand right now. Carolina Plantation are okay, not the best. In Anderson County, we have Timms Mill (run by a friend of mine) and theirs are amazing. That's what I use most of the time. Anson Mills is also very good. Do check the Farmer's Markets and gourmet stores. The big chain grocery stores almost never carry real stone ground grits.

                                            2. re: Anonimo

                                              It may be 4 years later, but I am glad to jump in and put in a plug for Nora Mill. We just got back from a trip to the North Georgia Mountains, and one of our traditions on such a trip is Nora Mill and picking up our supply of yellow grits. This year, some other relatives placed their "orders," too, when they heard we would be going to the mill. It doesn't just stop with grits- bags of biscuit mix, pancake mix, little specialty jellies as souvenirs for others when we get home kinds of things. We did our share of shopping and had to set some limits on ourselves.
                                              And on our first night home, I put together our crockpot "overnight grits" recipe, for the next day's breakfast. No surprise at this house.

                                              1. re: Florida Hound

                                                I didn't wade through all the replies but I'll strongly second your recommendation for Nora Mill.

                                            3. You don't have to look any further than right in downtown Columbia, at the Adluh mill on Gervais St. in the Vista. Go into the office, and they have bags of yellow and white stone-ground for sale. They grind them for restaurants, but don't sell them to grocery stores because they don't have preservatives.
                                              We also buy stone-ground grits from Four Oaks Farm on U.S. 1 in Lexington, but Adluh's are smoother and better.

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                                              1. re: henry66

                                                Glad to see Adluh mentioned here. My mom used to buy them there and said she felt like she was buying crack (ok she probably said "illegal drugs" lol) because you had to go inside to pay and then drive around back and some guy brings the bags to your car. It's good to know they have changed the system and have bags available in the office. And two thumbs up for Four Oaks Farm. I haven't had their grits, but they have many delicious items, including their chicken salad!

                                                1. re: South Carolina Girl

                                                  I agree that Adluh grits are a great choice. Anson Mills' grits are the brand new Rolls Royce, and Adluh's grits are a top-of-the-line used Cadillac.

                                              2. Grits is a dish made from stone ground corn. Polenta is dish made from stone ground corn.

                                                to buy "grits" in the store you need to see STONE GROUND on the label otherwise they are "Franken-Grits" and you don't want them.

                                                You can usually buy stone ground corn at the local natural foods store in bulk. These make good Grits and are as good as any of the special order grits that I have found. They are course ground, usually, so you need to cook them a bit longer than stone ground from the store.

                                                I have had the best luck with Dixie Lilly with stone ground on the label. but everyone carries the instant crap these days.

                                                Everyone should be educating their grocer as to stone ground. At least carry one real "Grits" maker!!!

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                                                1. re: cereme

                                                  frankengrits? never heard of such silliness. just because they aren't stone ground doesn't necessarily make them "franken" anything!

                                                  now, instant grits are a whole different animal -- even than quick grits. instant grits aren't worthy to be mouse food.

                                                2. I have been buying Lake Side grits lately. They are produced in an old mill in Rutherfordton N.C. and are sold at Reids, Food Lion and, I think, Publix. They are yellow grits and take a 4 to 1 ratio of water; other grits take a 3 to 1 ratio. If not good stone ground grits, they sure taste like they are.

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                                                  1. re: byteme55

                                                    We at Fullsteam Brewery use Lake Side in our El Toro cream ale. The company doesn't sell in bulk, so we have to buy them two pounds at a time from our local Food Lions. It's very funny to purchase bags and bags of grits at Food Lion. But the price is right, and the quality is quite good!

                                                  2. I agree with Anonimo above about Nora Mill grits in the north Georgia mountains. The store is in Sautee-Nacoochee just on the south side of Helen and you can watch them being ground in the grist mill. They will ship as well and make sure you also get some of their Pancake & Biscuit Mix. It makes the best pancakes I've ever done.

                                                    1. My favorite grits are Red Mule in Athens, Ga. They grind to order.


                                                      1. I can find stone ground corn grits but I'm looking for hominy grits. Anyone know of a place?

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                                                        1. re: Brazos

                                                          I'm confused by your request. Grits are ground hominy, therefore all grits are hominy grits. Are you actually looking for non-ground hominy? I've seen it canned in the grocery store. Here's a place that sells dried posole (hominy) via the 'net:


                                                        2. I order mine from "The Original Grit Girl" http://www.gritgirl.net/.
                                                          They are the grits that John Currence serves at his restaurants in Oxford, MS (Big Bad Breakfast, City Grocery etc).

                                                          1. When I was in Tallahassee recently I visited Bradley's Country Store http://www.bradleyscountrystore.com/

                                                            They were running the grits mill at the time. Coarse stone ground grits, yellow or white

                                                            I picked up several bags to bring home. Very good!

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                                                            1. re: scubadoo97

                                                              I don't know why I've never seen this thread before... I'm lucky to live just a few miles from Bradley's and my favorite seafood market also sells their grits. I always have a bag on hand. They also do mail order: http://www.bradleyscountrystore.com/i...

                                                                1. re: onrushpam

                                                                  Yes, I'm in Tallahassee and always keep a stash of Bradley's grits in the freezer. Hubby loves 'em, and he's not one for grits. The only drawback it that they take nearly an hour to cook, but worth it. :)

                                                                  1. re: Chowbird

                                                                    Overnight crockpot grits are the way to go- they are ready for you and hubby in the morning! We put a bowl in the crockpot, surrounded by water 1/2 way up the outside of the bowl, kind of like a double-boiler, and the grits recipe in the bowl just cooks to perfection all night.

                                                                    1. re: Chowbird

                                                                      I just went to start a pot of grits for dinner tonight and WAH! there are none in the freezer! How I can have run out? I see a visit to Bradley's or Southern Seafood in my very near future. For tonight, it will have to be mashed taters. :-(

                                                                2. Adluh Mills on Gervais St in the Vista. Don't buy anything w/their name in grocery stores - different entirely. Go to the mill and get stone ground. Yellow like god intended grits to be.

                                                                  Carolina Gold @ any store like Rosewood Market on Rosewood Drive. or 'Whole Paycheck' etc.

                                                                  Anson Mills - good but 'spensive.

                                                                  Boykin Mill - turn off Hwy 76/378 @ Stateburg onto Hwy 261
                                                                  toward Camden. Be sure to come for the Boykin CHristmas parade and some of the absolute best regional SC food you ever had.

                                                                  1. You can also get Anson Mills grits in the freezer case at Rosewood Market on Rosewood Drive in Columbia. Make them in your slow cooker; it takes 2 hours, and they're perfect. Instructions are on the Anson Mills website, I think.

                                                                    1. Many years ago I used to buy the stone ground grits at the Mabry Mill on the Blue Ridge Parkway. They were some of the best I've ever had. I haven't been there in some time, so I don't know if they still sell them. Back then, you had to buy them on the premises. They did not ship them.

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                                                                      1. re: PGDinDurham

                                                                        Oh, how I miss Mabry Mill grits! THE BEST!! They stopped selling them some years back. I have one ancient bag in my fridge with some grits still left in it that I can't bear to throw away. It's a little Mabry Mill memorial! :-) I also still have a few of the little recipe booklets they gave out with each purchase. I buy Anson Mills now online, but I want to try Adluh.

                                                                        1. re: cookbookchick

                                                                          "They stopped selling them some years back."

                                                                          Are you sure about that? I'm pretty sure they are still sold in the gift shop attached to the restaurant next door to the mill.

                                                                          1. re: carolinadawg

                                                                            My gosh, looks like you're right!! I just went to their website and it says you can buy grits, cornmeal, and buckwheat flour in the gift shop. I do know they had stopped -- my daughter went there and saw for herself and at that time, I checked their website to be sure. Perhaps brought back by popular demand? Are the products they're selling now actually milled there as they used to be? This will require further investigation -- and a trip to Meadows of Dan! Next season, though -- they close at the end of October. My (now grown) kids will be thrilled as I am!

                                                                            For those who don't know, Mabry Mill on the Blue Ridge Parkway is one of our nation's iconic picturesque water-driven mills. Once you see it, you will recognize it again and again in pictures and paintings. I bought a framed painting of it for my daughter at Macy's a while back -- it wasn't identified as Mabry Mill, but sure enough! She has it hanging next to a framed photo we took of the exact same view.