Add the grits to a large mixing bowl and pour in some water - allow the grits to sit for 10 minutes. The chaff will float to the top where you can skim it off.
After you have skimmed and rinsed the grits you can strain and add to the slow cooker.
Pour in the 8 cups of water, add the butter and about 1-2 teaspoons of salt.
Cook on low for 6 hours. Stir here and there. It is cooked when the grits are soft but still have a texture to them.
Stir and add additional salt and pepper to taste.
Serve with grated cheese, green onions, eggs, whichever you prefer.
What is the difference between stone-ground grits and regular grits?Stone-ground grits are made from the whole corn kernel, and because of this, they have many more minerals and vitamins than the quick-cooking type that has had the pericarp and germ removed. Stone-ground grits need a lot more cooking than the quick type. On the stove, stone-ground grits need about 45-60 minutes to cook, whereas the quick-cooking type can be ready in minutes.Why do I rinse grits?During the grinding process, a lot of ‘chaff’ can be left behind with the grits; it’s harmless pieces of the corn but can make the texture somewhat gritty if you don’t skim this off.Can I freeze?I find that they don't freeze well. It’s best to cook them on an as-needed basis for best results.How do I make sweet grits?If you want to add a bit of sweetness to your grits, simply add a couple of tablespoons of brown sugar, honey, or molasses. Adjust accordingly to taste.What goes well with grits?
Toppings: There are a variety of toppings you can add to grits depending on your flavor preference. Grated sharp cheddar cheese, chopped green onions, bacon bits, caramelized onions, and/or sprinkled with dried herbs are just a few ideas. Cheese grits are quite popular!
Eggs: Grits have long been a complimentary side to eggs. You can have them scrambled, fried, over easy, or sunny side up. Either way, a few spoonfuls of grits will taste great with them.
Meat: Since grits are typically thought of as a breakfast dish, you can't go wrong by serving them with freshly cooked bacon or sausage. They're also infamously known to be paired with shrimp.