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Corn meal

iamtazfan Aug 1, 2011 11:35 PM

I am looking for corn meal in the Perth, WA area. NOT corn flour! Can anyone help?!?

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    BeanTownGolfer RE: iamtazfan Aug 2, 2011 12:16 AM

    The Wollies organic line (can't recall the name) carries Polenta in Sydney which is basically corm meal. I use it for corn bread as well as polenta and it works just fine. I'll try to check for the name next time I see it. Its in the "organic" section (pretty small) with the health grains and nuts.

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      iamtazfan RE: BeanTownGolfer Aug 2, 2011 12:33 AM

      Thanks a million! I don't usually go in the "organic" section but haven't been finding anything in the flours/baking. I am from the southern part of the USA and want some good old fashioned corn bread....corn flour just doesn't work =)

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        BeanTownGolfer RE: iamtazfan Aug 2, 2011 04:50 AM

        The line is Natural Wholefoods Market Polenta.

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          PhilD RE: iamtazfan Aug 2, 2011 03:10 PM

          You will find Polenta in all supermarkets - no need to go organic - usually found in the "pasta" aisle.

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          gemuse RE: BeanTownGolfer Aug 2, 2011 05:05 PM

          I'm not sure if cornmeal (US style) and polenta are completely interchangeable. Cornmeal has a finer grind, somewhere between polenta and cornflour. The same way that grits and cornmeal are not quite the same, and include different parts of the corn kernal. Also, I think that true polenta is made from a different variety of corn than cornmeal, so the flavour could be slightly different. But I should think that combining polenta with some regular wheat flour might get similar results, if you are desperate.

          Also, note that in the UK and Australia, corn flour is often used to describe what Americans call cornstarch. These are very different products.

          It's probably no help to you in Perth, but I have found cornmeal in my local Coles in Sydney, in their "caribbean foods" section, part of the "international foods" aisle. I've also seen it at a couple of ethnic grocers, like the Fiji Market in Newtown.

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            PhilD RE: gemuse Aug 3, 2011 07:23 AM

            Gemuse - I suspect you are right. The further complication is that Polenta also covers a range of styles and textures - east coast or west coast from Italy, f rom the practically white to the deep yellow. With such a basic ingredient it gives you lots of options to be creative, and Australia's Italian heritage you can get lots of choice if you look.

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              BeanTownGolfer RE: PhilD Aug 3, 2011 03:35 PM

              True, but when you're craving corn bread, polenta does the trick.

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                iamtazfan RE: BeanTownGolfer Aug 3, 2011 04:33 PM

                I made corn bread last night using polenta because I could not find any of the others in any of my local stores. The cornbread turned out WONDERFUL and my kid that doesn't even like cornbread said she loved it.

                Thanks everyone!

        3. TheHuntress RE: iamtazfan Aug 7, 2011 05:06 AM

          Have you tried Kakula's in Northbridge or Freo? They carry all kinds of flours, grains and meals by weight.

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