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Grits are a staple in the coastal Lowcountry of the south. Born and raised in Savannah, Georgia, I grew up eating grits every Saturday morning for our big family breakfast.
When I was first diagnosed with celiac disease, my family and I just assumed that all grits were automatically safe. After all, grits are nothing more than dried and ground corn kernels. Down the line, we learned all about cross-contamination and how trace amounts of gluten presented during the manufacturing processes can affect those with severe sensitivities like me. Since that discovery, I choose to only cook with grits labeled gluten-free.
This week, I decided to list my favorite gluten-free grits brands to help you cook gluten-free southern food. I cook with all four brands listed below in my kitchen to make my favorite grits recipes. If you want to learn how to make grits, you can check out my recipe for southern (Lowcountry) style grits!
Are Grits Gluten-Free?
Like I stated above, while naturally gluten-free, corn grits often come into contact with major allergens during the manufacturing process. To make sure you are eating allergen-free grits, only buy and consume brands with allergen information listed on the container and company website.
Gluten-Free Grits Brands:
Below, we list some of our favorite gluten-free grits brands. If you have a favorite brand that we did not list, please send us a recommendation at [email protected]. We love trying out all your recommended ingredients and recipes!
I prefer to support smaller Lowcountry companies when buying grits which you usually need to buy online. That being said, I did list two companies that can be found in well-stocked grocery stores across the United States.
1. Palmetto Farms:
Located in Galivants Ferry, South Carolina, Palmetto Farms is truly a Lowcountry small business. Palmetto Farms make their grits traditionally–they use a miller to stone-grind the corn.
You can buy three different varieties: stone-ground yellow grits, stone-ground white grits, and stone-ground mixed grits.
2. Carolina Grits:
Carolina Grits is a North Carolina-based company with many different types of gluten-free labeled grits. You can order white grits, yellow grits, and blue grits to eat. They also carry other types of corn-based products such as cornmeal.
3. Anson Mills:
Like Palmetto Farms, Anson Mills is a South Carolina grits brand. This company is headquartered in Columbia, South Carolina.
While Anson Mills works with many different types of grain, they label their corn and rice products as gluten-free after thoroughly cleaning their manufacturing equipment and testing their products.
4. Bob’s Red Mill:
Though Bob’s Red Mill is not a southern grit company, they do carry gluten-free corn grits polenta. You can find this brand in most well-stocked grocery stores.
When shopping for Bob’s Red Mill products, make sure to always check the label for a gluten-free marker. They carry other types of products (including grits) which do have cross-contamination and contain wheat, barley, and rye.
5. Arrowhead Mills:
Like Bob’s Red Mill, Arrowhead Mills products can be found in many well-stocked grocery stores or online. This company sells gluten-free labeled grits as well as other gluten-free products!
We Hope You Enjoyed This List of Gluten-Free Grits Brands
In the end, we hope you enjoyed this list of gluten-free grits brands. Let us know which brands you try using! Also, as we stated above, let us know if you have a favorite gluten-free brand we did not mention.
If you would like to read more about cooking, you can find further recipes on our blog. We listed some of our favorite Carving A Journey recipes below! For reference, many recipes are influenced by our blended Korean and Southern heritage.
Carving A Journey Southern Recipes:
- Peach Sweet Tea and Bourbon Cocktail
- Southern Bourbon Slush Cocktail
- Homemade, Fresh-Squeezed Southern Lemonade; and
- Southern Deviled Eggs Recipe
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