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Where to buy grits?

joyofeating Oct 21, 2008 04:30 PM

I'm wondering if anybody knows where to buy white or yellow grits in toronto.
I'm planning a southern style brunch this weekend, but I don't know where to find this vital item. My family used to stock up on cases of Quaker old fashioned grits on our yearly road trips to Florida, an item of exotica seemingly almost unavailable in Canada.
A very old posting on this topic referred to using a portugese white cornmeal, but I'm concerned the grind may be too fine. Any ideas?

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    Tatai Oct 21, 2008 05:04 PM

    I recently made a side dish of pumpkin-flavoured grits. I used Bob's Red Mill brand: http://www.bobsredmill.com/product.ph..., which I think I purchased at Whole Foods. The brand is available in most supermarkets.

    I'm pretty sure a real southerner would cringe at using something called "Grits, also known as Polenta," but it worked...

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    1. re: Tatai
      Mila Oct 22, 2008 06:28 AM

      Just want to second the Red Mill rec from Tatai. There are a couple of different coarseness of corn meal and I found the medium worked best. It had an outstanding flavour.

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        sweetie Oct 22, 2008 06:51 AM

        I have seen Bob's at Loblaws too

      2. legourmettv Oct 22, 2008 06:11 AM

        Every fall I send "Bee Hive" corn syrup to my cousin in Little Rock Arkansas... a week later a box of grits shows up in the post here. Like magic!
        I haven't tried whole foods, but everywhere else my search for grits here in TO. has come up empty. And the strange thing is that 30-40% of the grits sold in the US are milled here in Canada - I learned that when I was interviewing an exec at Quaker for a story, and asked why grits aren't sold here.


        1. Davwud Oct 22, 2008 10:54 AM

          According to Cajun Corner's website, they sell them.


          I'd call to make sure first.

          If you're really in a bind, I could probably part with some excellent stone ground grits straight from the south.


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          1. re: Davwud
            pearlD Oct 22, 2008 03:04 PM

            Davwud....that's so nice of you to offer 'your' grits to 'joyofeating'.....I too have some at my house and would offer them as well (mine are the ones from Quaker) but I'm leaving tomorrow ...off to visit the daughter for a few days in Savannah...where I will eat them morning , noon and night. Other than the Grits (Red Mill) mentioned earlier in the post (and which I actually saw last weekend at 'johnvince' on Steeprock) I have never seen the Quaker ones in Toronto.

            1. re: pearlD
              Davwud Oct 23, 2008 04:28 AM

              Both Quaker quick and old fashioned are listed as for sale on the CC website.

              I have 2 different bags of stone ground, a package of quik and some instant as well at home. The instant aren't really much good but they were a gift to Mrs. Sippi from someone she works with.

              And thanks


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            CromwellsWorld Mar 12, 2014 04:52 PM

            If you find them let us know where. I'm looking too.
            I just got back from Charleston South Carolina and they have such good food.
            If I don't find them or other foods soon I think I will just move there.

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            1. re: CromwellsWorld
              kariin Mar 12, 2014 08:52 PM

              Hey CW

              we'd love to have you! here's some sources. i have eaten grits from Boykin, Adluh, Palmetto, Hoppin' John,
              Hagood and Carolina Plantation - all are good. Cook slow, don't add milk and butter till the end of cooking, be sure to use enough water (used bottled if yours isn't great). There's _much_ more here than Anson Mills - mostly tourists buy those but they are fine too.







              In 1976, SC declared grits the official state food:
              Whereas, throughout its history, the South has relished its grits, making them a symbol of its diet, its customs, its humor, and its hospitality, and whereas, every community in the State of South Carolina used to be the site of a grist mill and every local economy in the State used to be dependent on its product; and whereas, grits has been a part of the life of every South Carolinian of whatever race, background, gender, and income; and whereas, grits could very well play a vital role in the future of not only this State, but also the world, if as The Charleston News and Courier proclaimed in 1952: 'An inexpensive, simple, and thoroughly digestible food, [grits] should be made popular throughout the world. Given enough of it, the inhabitants of planet Earth would have nothing to fight about. A man full of [grits] is a man of peace.'

              smile -

              1. re: CromwellsWorld
                BJC01 Mar 12, 2014 08:55 PM

                I believe Bulk Barn sells them.

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                  DeclineandFall Mar 14, 2014 06:48 AM

                  @BJC01 You are correct. Bulk Barn stocks hominy yellow corn grits: http://www.bulkbarn.ca/en-ca/product/...

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                    16crab Mar 14, 2014 05:56 PM

                    Yes, I once found grits at Bulk Barn. I was so very excited...but I never cooked them, as I think I didn't label them. Of course I am sure I found them later, had no clue what they were, and sent them off to that place in the sky (compost) for all the unlabelled, mysterious Bulk Barn items that get discovered in the back of the cupboard. If someone buys them and makes them, do report back as I've been meaning to go back to Bulk Barn to get some and then label them!

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                      pumpkinspice Mar 20, 2014 05:48 AM

                      Confirmed at MY local Bulk Barn (although I am certain not every where has it because my mom hasn't seen it and I haven't seen it at the downtown Toronto Bulk Barn).

                      It was a random find for me. I found it really tasty but never made grits before until then so I can't compare the quality to other brands/types.

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                pearlD Mar 12, 2014 06:21 PM

                Once again, I buy Grits in Savannah when I visit, but I did a check of 'southern grits' on Amazon and you can buy all sorts of Grits from different companies so that would be my first suggestion. I wouldn't rule out some other possible places like Fiesta Farms, Big Carrot or other like-minded shops (call them first to save yourself a trip)....Did you get to try Cheese Grits while you were away? They are my current 'fave' when I'm in the South. Amazing!!!

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                1. re: pearlD
                  CromwellsWorld Mar 16, 2014 10:45 AM

                  Amazon doesn't deliver them to Canada. I checked.

                  1. re: pearlD
                    kbdid Mar 19, 2014 06:26 PM

                    They have grits in the Mexican section of the No Frills at Black Creek/Eglinton.

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                      CromwellsWorld Mar 22, 2014 10:47 PM

                      What brand? Are they actully marked as grits or are they listed as something else but basicly the same as grits?

                  2. barnes1852 Mar 12, 2014 08:18 PM

                    i would have suggested the senate. but justin kicked them all out.

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