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  #1661243 31-Oct-2016 09:49
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This is the Polenta we get (from Countdown):



the 'Instant' one as above is finer, therefore cooks quicker (the coarser ones take about 20 minutes of stirring - like a risotto - to become smooth and cooked).

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  #1661328 31-Oct-2016 11:56
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Yep - the 'instant' one is par cooked and takes around 3 minutes to cook.


Makes a great substitute for mashed potatoes and rice from time to time.


If you smooth it into a disk and let it set you can cut it up into chips and fry it as well.


Food snobs like the non-instant polenta - but it takes ages (and strong arms to stir).


I always buy the 'instant' one - should be somewhere around $3 or $4 for 500g.


Jamie Oliver (and true Italians) swear the 'regular' is much better tasting. He reckons you can cook the 'regular' one quickly if you leave it to soak overnight in the water you are going to cook it in. I should really try this one day.


I think the others are right when they say that 'cornmeal' may be a bit coarser - but pretty sure Polenta will do the trick.

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  #1661615 31-Oct-2016 18:21
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Cornmeal is just dried sweet corn that has been ground into a flour. You can buy it in the shops - you might find it listed as polenta flour, since thats what it is called when you use it to make porridge.

Countdown have it in their Ceres organic range.

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  #1661629 31-Oct-2016 18:49
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Behodar: OK, I'll get the Healtheries one and see how it goes. Thanks to all of you for your help :)

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