What are grits?

I’ve liked grits for a long time. A couple of days ago, my eleven year old saw them in the cabinet and asked me what they were. I didn’t know the exact answer, so here we are.

Want the short answer? Grits are pieces of corn grain. Need to know more? Read on.
The first step in manufacturing grits is to clean corn kernels and remove the outer hull. Then the grains are ground in a mill. The resulting pieces are separated by a screen. Large pieces are grits and small pieces become corn flour and cornmeal. The word “grits” is derived from the Old English word grytta which means a coarse meal of any kind. Yellow grits include the whole kernel and white grits use hulled kernels.

How do you make grits? Basically, boil them. They make a sort or porridge.
Grits are very common in the Southern United States. How this Jersey girl came to love them remains a mystery. It must be something I got from my mother.

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