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  • Bigface Jan 7, 2004 05:07 PM
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I've never used hominy before, but recently came across a couple of interesting recipes that include it. I know it comes in cans and there's white and yellow, but that's about it. Are there any brands that I should look for? What's the difference between the white and yellow and is one preferable?

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  1. It looks like large white corn, but it's not, right?
    But I thought I saw somewhere that said masa harina is made from hominy, and isn't that a corn meal of sorts?

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    1. re: Wendy Lai
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      Katherine A/O

      Masa is a corn meal used for making tortillas and tamales. also as a thickener like cornstarch or flour.
      It is interesting to bread pork in it for frying as well

    2. Homily is a specific type of corn that is soaked ina lye solution which dissolves the husks. Hominy looks like swollen corn kernels.

      Personally, I prefer it heated in a pan with butter and some diced jalapeno to give it some zing. You need to add some flavor as hominy is rather tasteless.

      It is used in a variety of stews including Mexican pozole and was a staple of the early settlers of the US.

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      1. re: jlawrence01
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        Katherine Asher OHare

        Yep it is a specific type of corn. Traditionally it was prepared by soaking it in lye. There are a number of Mexican grocery supplies and health food providers that have found other means to prep it. And masa and grits are made from it. its also the cotn used to make polenta. It is used primarily in hispanic cooking like pozole verde ( hominy with greens, a really great chicken soup dish, and Menudo. But it is becoming popular in vegetarian recipes. Ive seen lots popping up that use hominy. It really has no taste but once you "dress it up" its good filler.

        1. re: Katherine Asher OHare

          I'm currently addicted to the red pozole, so much so, that I can't bring myself to try the green. It must take a while to prepare, since it's only available on the weekend where I go for take-out or eat in, almost every weekend. The hominy looks as if it has bloomed, or popped, like popcorn. Each kernel has opened up. I love the stuff.

      2. Back in December there were a couple of long threads about hominy/pozole/polenta/dried corn in general. It might be interesting to have another look at them.

        This is a post of mine:

        http://www.chowhound.com/boards/gener...

        And here's the link to the subsequent thread.

        Link: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

        1. Indians both north and south of the border have been making hominy for centuries. You take dried field corn and soak it in lye or lime to remove the tough outer hull, or pericarp. This process has the health benefit of freeing up niacin in the corn, which an essential element for human survival. The treated corn kernels can then be ground up into wet masa for tamales or frying tortillas. Or, the kernels can be further soaked and cooked whole for dishes like pozole. Modern chefs are using hominy as a background for all kinds of meat and seafood dishes and in soups.
          In the southern U.S., canned white corn hominy has been around since the turn of the 20th Century under labels such as Manning's, originally from Baltimore. That hominy, however, is steamed, so it doesn't have the flavor characteristics of Mexican or Southwest hominy.
          You will see many brands of dried hominy, yellow and white, in the Latin sections of supermarkets. Goya's hominy is really chips of corn. There is also a Perusivan corn labeled "mote." Outside of Chicago or California, however, the big, authentic Mexican hominy is rare, although you can obtain in over the internet from Gourmetsleuth.com. Many other "Mexican-style" or "pozole-style" hominies are appearing on store shelves, such as Juanita's, Goya's and Busch's. These are typically made for a smaller corn grown in the Southwestern U.S. The original Mexican corn is a very large field corn. After it has soaked, Mexican home cooks usually snip off the tip with their finger nails so that the kernels pop open like crocus blossoms during the cooking.

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          1. re: EHB

            Growing up in Louisiana, we always had yellow corn hominy. The yellow is hard to find in Alabama and I wind up using the white more often than not, now. It doesn't taste the same as the yellow I had as a kid.

          2. Even though it is tricky to cut into slices( chilling before slicing sometimes helps) my grandmother took it out of the can sliced it,dipped slices in beaten egg then coated with flour and browned in oil in a frying pan,i have been making that way or those of you know what "Puddin" is (ask at any butcher shop) Puddin and hominy was a favorite dish just heat hominy in sauce pan and do the same with the puddin serve aside of each other or combine

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            1. re: mikaelw

              I'm having trouble picturing slicing hominy, and handling 'slices'. However some brands do have a layer of starch that bonds kernels together, usually in the bottom half or third of the can. If chilled that might create a sliceable lump.

              I prefer to rinse that starch off, so the kernels free, and rolled around when sauteed.

              If you make carnitas, or other fried pork dishes (even bacon), frying the hominy in the drippings and crumbs is a good idea.

              1. re: paulj

                I'm having trouble picturing anybody slicing hominy as well.
                Make no mistake, hominy done well is NOT flavorless.

                1. re: EWSflash

                  Count me as another one who is having trouble visualising sliced hominy. Much less dipping slices in beaten egg, flour and frying it. Do the pieces stick together?

              2. re: mikaelw

                So what's "puddin"? Google was no help.

              3. Hominy has a great, chewy texture. I really like the stuff.

                1. It is also available dried in bags (like beans), generally in international/ethnic markets or in that aisle in some more mainstream grocery stores.

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                  1. re: lgss

                    But you may need help in distinguishing between corn that has already been treated with 'cal', and that which you need to treat. I have used some dry treated corn from Peru (mote pelado). It cooks up into large kernels, but that takes some time (several hours). Breaking the root tip off each kernel helps it expand.

                    1. re: paulj

                      It can also be soaked like one soaks dried beans.

                  2. I grew up eating the canned stuff on a regular basis, almost always just heated with butter, salt and pepper. I really liked it, and still do - can't understand how anyone could call it "flavorless"! Now that I'm in SoCal and shop regularly at Latino markets, I often buy the Mexican-style hominy, which is larger-grained and chewier than the yellow or white stuff I grew up with in Illinois. Mrs. O, who'd never tasted hominy until we met, fell in love with my first attempts at posole stew back in Nashville, and now that we have access to the more authentic ingredients it's gotten even better. Pork, chiles, hominy - hard to go wrong with stuff like that.

                    1. You need to buy Manning's Hominy. It is packed tight in can and can be sliced. It is not floating around in a can of water

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                      1. re: BettyLZ

                        From the Mannings site:
                        "Preparation can be as simple as opening the can, placing the product in a sauce pan, adding butter or butter substitute, and breaking apart the congealed contents while heating. "

                        'congealed contents' :)
                        http://www.manningshominy.com/manning...
                        is it also not 'lye peeled'
                        The kernels appear to be small, not the larger ones favored by Mexicans, or the even larger Andean corn (mote).

                        1. re: BettyLZ

                          Never have seen that brand for sale around here.