|One Quart of Dry Dent Corn|
|Cooked and Limed, Ready for a 24 Hour Soak|
In Mexican cuisine hominy is used whole in soups like Pozole or ground using a meat grinder to make the masa harina used in tamales or tortillas. Ground hominy can also be cooked to make grits. In one You Tube video I watched the hominy was deep fat fried to make corn nuts. One cup of hominy went into Linda's taco soup. I liked the flavor very much, but they needed to be cooked a bit longer than the other ingredients. They were tasty but a little chewy. We made the rest into corn nuts. I deep fat fried one batch. The major difficulty with that was the lack of the proper tool to retrieve the corn nuts from the hot oil when they were done. As a consequence, the removal process took longer than it should have and some of the corn nuts were a bit over done. Linda tried baking some instead. They turned out very tasty, but a tad harder than the ones I fried. We're going to try doing some in the popcorn popper next time. Now all we need to do is experiment a bit with seasonings.
|The finished hominy, rinsed, rubbed and drained|
|Home made corn nuts|
I don't know about our Missouri and Iowa ancestors, but I know the ones from Arkansas made and ate hominy. My mother remembers burning her mouth trying to eat an unfinished piece of hominy when she was a little kid living in Arkansas. She didn't recall any details as to the process her mother used. Her parents and grandparents didn't grind the hominy to make grits. They fried the hominy in butter instead and served it as a vegetable. Indians in North America used wood ashes to make hominy. Wood ashes mixed with water will produce Potassium Hydroxide rather than Calcium Hydroxide. I watched several videos where wood ashes were used to make the hominy. Mom doesn't remember what her mother used to make hominy. She just remembers getting a blister on her lip trying to eat a piece of hominy before it was rinsed. As mom remembers it, our Arkansas ancestors mainly ground their corn for corn bread, corn meal mush, and to feed their animals. Her grandpa occasionally loaded corn into a wagon and took it somewhere to be ground. The person who ground the corn kept a portion of the corn meal as payment.