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shoelace 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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    CloggieGirl Nov 25, 2008 11:48 PM

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

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      hindyg Nov 26, 2008 02:59 AM

      Trader Joes has the ready made kind

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        cheesecake17 Nov 26, 2008 04:55 AM

        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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          ferret Nov 26, 2008 07:55 AM

          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.

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            cheesecake17 Nov 26, 2008 08:57 AM

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

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              ferret Nov 26, 2008 11:47 AM

              Microwave polenta? Does it come out in a brick?

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

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                cheesecake17 Nov 26, 2008 01:22 PM

                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.

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            shoelace Nov 26, 2008 10:22 AM

            and its got a hashgacha?

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            midasgold Nov 26, 2008 10:34 AM

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

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              GilaB Nov 26, 2008 10:44 AM

              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.)

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              Erika L Nov 26, 2008 01:00 PM

              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: http://www.polenta.net/ 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.)

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                Jackaroo26 Dec 8, 2008 02:54 PM

                I used to love to buy the pre-made polenta in the tubes, especially the one with basil and maybe garlic. I bought a container of cornmeal last week and decided to make it myself. It was very easy and really delicious. Just follow the recipe on the label for cornmeal mush, but add garlic powder and dried basil. Refrigerate for a few hours or overnight, then upend onto a plate, slice it, and fry in in a frying pan. We had this for two days straight with our dinner, it was so good. If I were eating it with fish, I would also add Parmesan cheese.

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                  sanekosher Dec 9, 2008 05:24 AM

                  I just saw it in my local Whole Foods.

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