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free sample addict aka Tracy L Aug 14, 2012 10:51 PM

Ok, so it it's semi stir, but it has great results. I used Anson Mills organic polenta. I originally wanted a firm polenta for grilling, but ended up with a creamy polenta. Most polenta recipes I've made firmed up fast, this maintained it's creaminess. I followed the recipe, but I used tin foil instead of a paper bag and had good results, I would imagine parchment paper would work well too. All the dyes and chemicals in paper bags are off putting for me. 30 mins worked for me.


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    Querencia Aug 15, 2012 06:03 PM

    I make polenta in the slow cooker. 4 cups cold water, 1 cup cornmeal, 1 tsp salt, cook overnight. Next morning I add a bag of shredded cheddar cheese and a little hot pepper---stir until all is melted---put in bread pan and chill until it sets up---slice and fry.

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      smtucker Aug 15, 2012 09:58 AM

      I have used this chowhound post for years and always have perfect polenta. No paper or parchment; just perfect polenta:

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        free sample addict aka Tracy L Aug 15, 2012 03:02 PM

        I use that one too, but it is 100+ degree here. I needed something that wouldn't heat up the kitchen after I just cooled down the house.

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          smtucker Aug 15, 2012 05:08 PM

          Ah yes. There is that of course. Makes perfect sense.

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            Jen76 Aug 15, 2012 10:24 PM

            Rice cooker.

        2. todao Aug 14, 2012 11:08 PM

          Only problem with the video is she's got at least a total daily allowance of salt in that mix.
          What's the water/salt/corn meal ratio? Or did I miss something.

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            free sample addict aka Tracy L Aug 15, 2012 07:06 AM

            4 c water to 1 c polenta. I used about a tbs of salt.

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              todao Aug 15, 2012 08:06 AM

              Thank you. I noticed in the video that she said she didn't know why the paper worked. It simply acts as a gasket; and holds the heat and moisture in better than just a lose fitting lid; our foil served the same purpose.

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                free sample addict aka Tracy L Aug 15, 2012 03:00 PM

                Yeah, I've used the same technique braising and making rice while camping. Just thought I'd share for folks who love polenta but hate to stir.

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