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Are grits just your everyday white corn meal?

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I just came across that question/answer on answers dot com. That grits are simply white corn meal.

I'm not familiar with grits as they're not stocked in any of my Canuck shops, but I was under the impression that grits were more toward dried chunky white corn kernels rather than ground white cornmeal.

Any of you chowhounds care to let me in the know?

Thank you!

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  1. Cornmeal can be ground to different degrees of coarseness, and grits are just a coarser grind. They don't have to be white, yellow works too.

    1. Grits are coarse ground hominy - corn soaked in an alkaline solution - normally lime (calcium hydroxide) and water. The solution gives the corn its unique tortilla flavor. A finer grind would be maseca, which you would use to make gorditas or tamales.

      1. Are grits just your everyday white corn meal???
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        In a Word ~~~ NO!!

        Three Types of Grits....
        Corn...better known as Stone Ground in my area
        Hominy...Commonly called "Quick" grits by the Quaker Co.
        Instant....Commonly called wall paper glue in my area. Not reccomended for human consumption

        And for fun a 4th type.

        G.R.I. T.S. --- Girls Raised In The South :)

        Hope The link helps.....

        Enjoy!

        http://www.grits.com/discript.htm