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Nov 25, 2008 10:11 PM


anyone have any clue where to get polenta with a hashgacha

i know where they should have it, so please dont gvie me a list of kosher supermarkets,

if spomeone on chowhound actually makes polenta and has purchased it in queens/li, in the last couple of months, please tell me where

id think its the type of basic everyone should have, but im having no luck

thanks in advance for your help

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  1. Goya makes it and, for once, makes it the cheapest.

    1. Trader Joes has the ready made kind

      1. I buy the Goya coarse cornmeal in a bag. It's really cheap- like $1.50 a bag. You can follow the recipe on the back of the bag- stovetop directions. It's quicker in the microwave and you don't have to worry about scrubbing the bottom of a pot.

        The Goya brand is usually in the "ethnic" aisle of the regular supermarkets. You can also find it in flour type packaging in the baking aisle- but it's much more expensive.

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        1. re: cheesecake17

          If you're making polenta "from scratch" it's best to use an electric rice cooker or double boiler. Whisk a cup of dry cornmeal into 4 cups of salted boiling water and you should be good to go (for the double boiler, stir every 15 minutes) - ready in about 75 minutes.

          1. re: ferret

            It takes 10 min in the microwave, or a half hour in a pot on the stove.

            1. re: cheesecake17

              Microwave polenta? Does it come out in a brick?

              I know it's quicker on direct heat, but it needs constant monitoring.

              1. re: ferret

                It comes out good, but a bit thicker than when making it on the stovetop. Once you cook it, the polenta firms up much quicker. I made this week with chicken in a lemon, olive, and mushroom sauce. I thought it was pretty good, and my husband liked it hot and also cold the next day for lunch.

                The recipe I followed said to use 1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon cornmeal to 2 cups of water and microwave for 6 min, then stir and microwave for another 4 minutes. I microwaved for 5 min, stirred and added more water, then microwaved again for another 3 minutes.

          2. Both Trader Joe's and Queens Health Emporium have kosher-certified polenta in tubes.

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            1. re: midasgold

              My local market (in northern Manhattan) carries Food Merchants Polenta, which is precooked in a tube and is organic, gluten free, and under the kof-k. I tend to slice it into rounds, saute it until it browns a bit on both sides, and serve it with some strong-tasting sauce. (A puree of parsley, garlic, olive oil, and red pepper flakes mixed into plain yogurt is a favorite. The sauce is also good on fish.)

            2. First, the disclaimers: I'm not Jewish and have zero knowledge of Jewish dietary laws. I do, however, have a number of friends who follow these laws, so I occasionally cruise this board to look for recipes and guidance regarding what is and isn't permissible.

              That said, San Gennaro offers pre-made polenta in a tube that's certified kosher by Kof-K: They don't have a store locator function on their website, sorry.

              (Ane the reason I know about this company is that my home phone used to be their business phone, and nine years later, I still get the occasional call for them.)