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melanie81's avatar

What's the difference between corn meal and corn grits?

Asked by melanie81 (792 points ) October 12th, 2009

I have both in my pantry, and they look exactly alike!

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Harp's avatar

Same stuff, different size. After the grinding of the corn, it is passed through graded sifters. The coarsest particles end up as grits. Meal is slightly finer.

MissAnthrope's avatar

Mmmmm… grits.

grumpyfish's avatar

Notably, you can use cornmeal to make grits, and you can use grits in lieu of cornmeal, but you’ll find that if you use cornmeal you’ll end up with very smooth & fine grits, and vice versa—grits are a bit crunchier.

=)

dpworkin's avatar

Grits are hominy treated with lye. Corn meal is granular corn.

grumpyfish's avatar

@pdworkin Isn’t that “hominy grits” rather than “corn grits” ?

dpworkin's avatar

As Jackie Gleason would have said, A-hominy-hominy-hominy.

dpworkin's avatar

(Um, Hominy is corn, @grumpyfish )

grumpyfish's avatar

So’s high fructose corn syrup, technically =)

What I was asking is if “corn grits” are different (e.g., a different screen) than “hominy grits” or if when you buy grits it’s always hominy grits.

Harp's avatar

Hominy grits are mader from corn that has been subjected to a process called nixtamalization. They’re different from plain grits, but I suspect that people are imprecise in how they use the terms.

grumpyfish's avatar

Notably—the Quaker Quick Grits in my pantry are “Enriched White Hominy”

melanie81's avatar

Ahh – this would explain why my cornmeal-lime-chile crusted tofu was REALLY crunchy last week….I accidentally used grits instead of meal! Still good though – just a weird texture.

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