Food & Drink

Shopper’s Dictionary: Hominy

What is it? An essential ingredient to tortillas and pozole (a Mexican soup and hangover cure), hominy is corn that has been dried then soaked in an alkaline solution of lye, slaked lime or ash. The treated hominy can then be dried and finely ground into masa for tortillas or coarsely ground for grits. Left whole, hominy kernels can be added to pozole or other soups, stews and chilis, or they can be fried into a crunchy snack, as served at Michael’s Genuine Food and Drink in Miami.

Where can I find it? A 15-ounce can of Goya White Hominy costs about $1.10 at Publix.

Evan S. Benn