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Fried Cornmeal Mush was another item eaten by the Joads. Instead of having it like porridge or grits, you can fry them up and eat it. This was also convenient and Ma' Joad switched it up at times. She became creative in creating dishes with the same food items. Ma' Joad was the foundation of her family and did whatever it took to make sure her family ate. Whether it was mush or fried mush, there was always something to eat for breakfast lunch and dinner. She always made something out of what many may view as nothing. 


Fried corn meal mush was a Midwest classic. This is so good and when the outside of the mush is fried crisp.

2 3/4 cups water
1 cup Martha White Yellow Corn Meal
1 cup cold water
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar

Bring 2 3/4 cups water to a boil. Combine corn meal, cold water, salt and sugar; gradually add this to boiling water stirring all the time. Cook until thick. Reduce heat and cover pan, cook 5 more minutes, stirring frequently. Pour into a loaf pan and cool, then refrigerate several hours.Turn out of pan and cut in 1-inch slices. Fry slowly in hot fat turning once. When browned serve hot with butter and syrup.