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Published: December 21st 2008
Grit can be defined as abrasive particles or granules, as of sand or other small, coarse impurities found in the air, food, water, etc. Grit is also a magazine. At its peak in 1969, Grit had a total circulation of 1.5 million copies every week. It is still published but I think circulation is down somewhat. True Grit is a John Wayne movie, but that is a whole different travel blog.
Grits, also called hominy grits, is coarsely ground hominy, boiled and sometimes then fried, eaten as a breakfast dish. Hominy is whole or ground hulled corn from which the bran and germ have been removed by bleaching the whole kernels in a lye bath. The process of turning corn into hominy is called nixtamalization. I didn’t really understand until I examined the flowchart very carefully. Now I get it.
There is a Hominy, Oklahoma. North Carolina has an Upper & Lower Hominy. Hominy grits are served in restaurants in the South. Even McDonalds serves them. I will be traveling to Georgia on Dec. 26th. I have decided to do some ‘on the road’ research and attempt to locate the “Hominy Belt”. Maybe it won’t be a belt. Maybe a glob. Maybe a blob shaped like a hominy kernel. I hereby declare this a pre travel blog. I will stop at restaurants along the way and check the menu for evidence of grits. McDonalds will be the only chain I will query. If I visit other establishments I may get off the subject and I hate that.
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