I bought a Kroger brand white corn meal that is precooked. I do not know what precooked means but my question is "does anyone know if the whole grain is used in this product or is it degerminated".

I would rather have the nutrition and fiber of the entire grain but am not at all familiar with this product. My research shows there is also a P.A.N. brand that describes itself also as "precooked" white corn.

  • Are you talking about masarepa, or some other variety of precooked white corn meal? Maybe you can share a photo of the label?
    – FuzzyChef
    Feb 15 at 0:03
  • @FuzzyChef Thank you for asking. Here is a similar product paisausa.com/products/harina-p-a-n-precooked-corn-meal This is an experiment I am trying to make salt free corn bread similar to my mother made in the 1950's but have not yet success yet. My plan is to add water until it is mush then coat it with olive oil to keep from burning and bake it until it has the consistancy of corn bread,
    – Sedumjoy
    Feb 15 at 4:11
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    Why not make a regular cornbead with no salt @Sedumjoy?
    – GdD
    Feb 15 at 17:09
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    You do not want to use precooked cornmeal of any kind for cornbread. The grain you bought is meant for arepas, not bread.
    – FuzzyChef
    Feb 19 at 15:56
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    Corn is the primary caloric food for like 1/5 of the world's population. That tends to make for a lot of variation.
    – FuzzyChef
    Feb 20 at 18:52

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Per the comments, the specific type of precooked cornmeal you're working with is called masarepa, and is used in the cuisine of northern South America.

Masarepa is degerminated.

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    Thank you FuzzyChef. You do good research and that is a good article explaining Masarepa. I have to tell you they sure taste good. It's hard to believe I found something that I can eat in abundance and not get a bunch of salt and at the same time taste good. I can have my cake and eat it too just in this one case. :)
    – Sedumjoy
    Feb 21 at 19:12
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    @Sedumjoy I think that the pre-cooking will alter the form of the starch granules in the cornmeal, so you'd never get the rise and texture out this type of cornmeal that you want for cornbread. If you want the low sodium form of bicarbonate, look for ones that are specifically potassium bicarbonate - seems that Walmart has food grade powders available on their website.
    – bob1
    Feb 22 at 1:38
  • @bob1....Thank you for the heads up bob1.
    – Sedumjoy
    Feb 22 at 18:59

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