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cornmeal vs grits?

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  • rkn Sep 24, 2005 04:48 PM
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Can I use regular cornmeal to make grits. What is the difference between the two?

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  1. No, cornmeal is dried ground corn. Grits is ground hominy and has a totally different flavor. Search for the best grits you can find, preferable stone ground speckled heart grits. The instant are a totla abomination, quick cooking is okay in pince. But if you cook up cormeal like grits, what you will have is cornmeal mush or a form of polenta.

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    1. re: Candy

      You can order good stone ground grits from the Callaway Country Store in Pine Mountain GA. You can google for it. Their grits come in 2 lb. packages and are inexpensive. Order several packages and keep them in the freezer.

      1. re: Candy

        Make sure you cook them with heavy cream, butter, and salt. A bit of bacon grease is great for flavor also.

    2. Candy's right but oddly enough there are both corn grits and hominy grits. Hominy is field corn that has been soaked in a lye solution causing the outer coating to seperate from the rest of the kernel. It's then dried and ground into hominy grits. Some southerers swear by regular corn grits which is just dried corn ground more coasly than meal. I prefer hominy grits by far. I can't tell the differance between corn grits and pollenta but then again, my palate has been fried by cayanne.
      Bob

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      1. re: Sony Bob

        You could substitute corn grits for polenta but never hominy grits, the flavor is just too different. For polenta I use coarse stone ground white corn meal. It makes great polenta.

        1. re: Candy

          You must have muscular arms. Polenta from coarse meal is not fast food.