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Weekend WTF: Grits… In A Tube?

by Erika Nicole Kendall

So, I don’t know about y’all… but my family’s from Selma.

Yes, that Selma. During that time.

Needless to say, we’re serious about our grits. We just.. we don’t play that. Some things just shouldn’t be messed with.

That being said… this took it too far:

Maybe it’s a Southern family thing, buuut…. nobody cooks my grits for me… but me! “Shelf life of 9 months?” No thanks, baby.

Many thanks to Camille for the tip!

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Suzanne December 4, 2010 - 10:25 AM

Now I’m not from the South, or the US (I’m English) but an Italian company making “Southern Style” grits just seems so wrong! I guess they thought polenta / grits..what’s the big difference?

Erika December 4, 2010 - 10:28 AM

Girl! Like, the entire thing has me sitting here scratching my head!

Karen December 4, 2010 - 11:06 AM

I just read an *article about this, where the person who came up with this gross idea said, “Southerners are the only people in this country who eat grits, but we’re trying to change that.” Well, I’m not a southerner, but I do eat grits, but I don’t think I could ever bring myself to try grits in a tube. Suzanne is exactly right. This guy pioneered polenta in a tube and thought that grits in a tube would be the next logical step. Yuck!

Erika December 4, 2010 - 11:14 AM

From the article:

“Fourteen years after Gennaro “Jerry” Mascio spearheaded the idea of pre-cooked polenta in a tube, he has a new concept: pre-cooked grits in a tube.

It’s all boiled corn in the end — the polenta is yellow, and the grits are white — but Mascio counts on the convenient, ready-to-eat aspect of his products to appeal to people too busy to boil their own.”

Sounds an awful lot like what the maker of The Candwich was sayin’, too. LOLOL

Karen December 4, 2010 - 1:49 PM

Okay, so I googled Candwich, just hoping and praying it wasn’t what it sounded like. Of course, I was disappointed. EWWW!! “Like a cross between a Little Debbie and a cold Hot Pocket, but also in a can.”

Erika December 4, 2010 - 2:51 PM

YES, girl… the Candwich is hilarious and sad. Mostly hilarious.. but VERY sad. LOL

Chenese Scroggins December 4, 2010 - 11:40 AM

Yucky!!! That is just nasty…what will they think of next? (I’m afraid to find out lol)

Erika December 4, 2010 - 11:53 AM

Girl… whatever it is, it’ll be here for us to make fun of. LOL

Xay December 4, 2010 - 11:41 AM

I thought instant grits were bad.

Erika December 4, 2010 - 11:54 AM

Right? LOL!

Karen December 4, 2010 - 1:34 PM

As a Southern girl, this is wrong on so many levels. By the time you slice (WTF??) and heat, could have just cooked the grits. OMG!!!

Erika December 4, 2010 - 2:02 PM

I’m sayin’! I mean, c’mon, man. LOL

Mary December 4, 2010 - 1:47 PM

I don’t think it’s that bad. It’s the same as instant oatmeal. at the end of the day it’s a grain. I agree the chicken in a can is gross as well as some other WTF things featured if this is similiar to the polenta in a tube which i have tried (getting the tube is better than taking 45 to make polenta) than I don’t think it’s that bad. You can use this as a base and jazz it up yourself. to eat their own I guess.

Erika December 4, 2010 - 2:00 PM

All the additives and excess sugars and salt that instant oatmeal is what makes that particularly stupid, too. It takes me 2 minutes to make my oatmeal in the morning without the additional garbage and additives.

As I said on FB: “if you can’t cook it, you can’t eat it! They swear up and down that food needs to be made “easier to eat,” but if “making food easier to eat” is why we’re all so overweight and unhealthy… then no, I don’t need my food to be made “easier.” Gross.”

Convince you that they’re providing a convenience, and they can have your money, right? Good grief.

JoAnna December 4, 2010 - 2:02 PM

Since I’ve been cooking my “old-fashioned” oatmeal on the stove in a pot for a few months now, I can’t conceive of how to use grits in a tube. Granted, polenta in a tube was convenient for pan frying perfect rounds of crispy polenta cakes, but grits were always served in a bowl with butter, then topped with sugar (as a child), or something savory (as an adult). It’s like the first time I saw rice cakes. Who actually eats that tasteless dry stuff?

Erika December 4, 2010 - 2:54 PM

Rice cakes… I will never wrap my mind (or lips) around those. I mean, maybe if you make ’em at home and make ’em with some good spices so that they have flavor, okay. but otherwise? It’s like eating styrofoam. No thanks.

Bannef May 18, 2011 - 10:23 PM

Lolol – rice cakes are actually a comfort food of mine. Crazy, I know, but when I was a kid my stomach would get upset a lot and my mom would give them to me (it was better than having her cook rice… I love the woman, but rice is not her thing. :D). Hey, there are worst comfort foods! 😀

Daphne December 4, 2010 - 6:11 PM

1st time poster here – love the site! Very comprehensive resource! Thank you for your investment in sharing your story and valuable information.

As a woman born and bred in Southwest Georgia, my reaction was:

*blinking in confusion*

I can’t even wrap my mind around it.

*blinking some more*

"Mira Luma" December 4, 2010 - 7:55 PM

Thank you so much, Erika, for making this a “Weekend WTF?”! I have been waiting on it, and now I see it for myself with my own vision! If someone can’t take the time to pour some (filtered LOL) water in a pot, add grits, stir and hook it up with salt and butter (and cheese if you please), then the world is in more trouble than I thought. LOL

Lawanda December 4, 2010 - 9:54 PM

I was raised on grits being that my parents were from Alabama WTH! grits in a tube?.

Lynette December 5, 2010 - 10:51 AM

There is nothing like a pot of grits on a sunday morning! Grits in a tube is nuts,convenience doesn’t always add up to healthy or sane!LOL
Southerners are not the only people to eat grits that man is so out of the loop!

Rita December 5, 2010 - 2:59 PM

I agree with Daphne, as a pure Georgia Peach, I can not even begin to wrap my mind around this…who doesnt have 2 minutes to make grits? come on son!

ChellBellz December 6, 2010 - 1:55 PM

Um…I don’t even like Instant Grits. I like old fashioned better so i know i wouldn’t eat pre-made lmbo…the salt is probably redic.

candace December 6, 2010 - 5:23 PM

I’m so glad I found this site! I love black people! … and grits in a tube is both hilarious and tragic… now I must read more posts. This blog is so Cute!

Tamely December 6, 2010 - 8:21 PM

I thought NOBODY was from Selma, except my dad! I just had to say “Hi!”. The grits thing is beyond creepie… and instant grits are just a tragedy.

Angela December 27, 2010 - 2:16 PM

WOW! Don’t judge a book by its cover! Have any of you actually tried the grits in a tube? I have, and although i’m not a southerner, I thought they were pretty good! They are plain, so i added cheese and a little cream, and they were excellent! And they don’t slice like the polenta does, not well at least. I just heated about half the tube on the stove pot with the cream and cheese, and it was just as if i made the grits from scratch.

Erika December 27, 2010 - 2:33 PM

I’m sorry, but you absolutely have to judge a book by its cover.

It’s not about whether or not it tastes good. LOTS of processed foods “taste good.” Let’s not miss the point, here. LOL

lealah January 21, 2011 - 9:58 PM

Ok, I’m in complete confusion cuz im from Georgia and I grew up with grits ,but this is just not the way it’s suppossed to be. This sounds disgusting

Pyvsi August 12, 2012 - 1:31 PM

They need to stick with polenta (pretty much the same thing).

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