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Definition: Hominy

A traditional Native American food that was one of the first gifts given to the colonists. Hominy is dried, hull-less white or yellow corn kernels, where the hulls are removed by soaking the corn in a lye solution. When ground, the kernels are referred to as grits. Hominy is sold canned, ready to eat, or dried. It's also served as a side dish and is a common ingredient in posole.


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veronicaraye veronicaraye 9 years
good in menudo.
Diana172 Diana172 9 years
Wow, really? that sounds kind of scary now that I think about it!
fragiletearz fragiletearz 9 years
Literatured google sodium hydroxide, that's the chemical name for Lye...You'll see it's used a lot more than you would guess.
kiwitwist kiwitwist 9 years
very cool! I saw fragiletearz's recipe and had never heard of it!
literatured literatured 9 years
i like grits but i thought lye was... unsafe... :s
Diana172 Diana172 9 years
I love grits! These are just whole grits I guess, haha.
JessNess JessNess 9 years
uh my mom use to serve hominy to us and I just never liked it
tuscanstellina tuscanstellina 9 years
I might have to try grits. I heard they are pretty good.
fragiletearz fragiletearz 9 years
Niko, They use Lye to soak olives, to process chocolate and cocoa, to wash insecticide from fruit and to thicken ice cream...I hope it's safe...Pretty soon I might have to go organic
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Never had grits...
llendril llendril 9 years
i'd like to teach the world to sing in perfect hominy yeah . . . really bad joke . . . ;)
nikodarling nikodarling 9 years
Isn't lye used in cleaning products? Is it safe to eat?
fragiletearz fragiletearz 9 years
Hey thanks for this, I posted a recipe about a week ago, and a few didn't know what hominy was. This is very helpful.
Twinkle1 Twinkle1 9 years
Grits :drool:
hebrew-hunny hebrew-hunny 9 years
I love grits!
libs1dlab libs1dlab 9 years
Posole is a Christmas time tradition here in New Mexico. It wouldn't be Christmas without it.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
Wow, I didn't even know that! I guess you learn somethingk new everyday :)
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