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A Post All About Grits

Test Kitchen Director Robby Melvin is exploring the history of this buttery staple and showing how Southern Living makes a perfect pot of grits.

Is there anything more Southern than grits? We serve up steaming pots of grits with butter, cheese, salt, sugar, tomato gravy, shrimp – you name it. Corn, one of our most bountiful crops, has always had a starring role on Southern tables. Grits are a classic recipe that actually originated from porridge made with cornmeal by the Native Americans.

Grits Dictionary
Grits can be very different, depending on whether they’re ground at a gristmill or purchased at the supermarket. Use this guide to grits to help you with the different choices.

  • Hominy: Dried white or yellow corn kernels from which the hull and germ have been removed. It’s sold dried or ready-to-eat in cans. When dried hominy is ground, it’s called hominy grits. Grits are available in three grinds—fine, medium, and coarse.
  • Whole-ground or stone-ground grits: These grits are a coarse grind. You’ll find stone-ground grits at gristmill gift shops and specialty food stores.
  • Quick and regular grits: The only difference between these types is in granulation. Quick grits are ground fine and cook in 5 minutes; regular grits are medium grind and cook in 10 minutes.
  • Instant grits: These fine-textured grits have been precooked and dehydrated. To prepare them, simply add boiling water.


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Source:  Southern Living

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