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Grits and Boudin Make Even Better Leftovers

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How long can grits be stored?

Grits. Shelf life: When properly stored, instant grits will last 2-5 years past a “best by” date while stone ground grits will last up to 1 year past a “best by” date.

What goes well with grits?

Classic Grits

This is your basic grits recipe, with butter, milk, cream, water, salt, and pepper. You can top them with almost anything you can think of, from braised beef to griddled sausage and runny eggs, or serve them as a side for fried chicken or fish.

The Kind of Flour Matters

I recently had a reader comment that her grits bread dough needed a full 1/2 cup extra of milk.

She was using a combination of white and whole wheat flour but said she followed the recipe to the T, otherwise, including weighing her ingredients.

You can use whatever higher-protein flour or mix of flours you’d like, but do know that the amount of liquid may change accordingly depending on how much liquid your flour can absorb.

Once she added the extra liquid, all was well and her bread turned out fine.

Yours will too!

Here’s her complete comment, and I’m adding this section to the post so it can help everyone:

I made this bread yesterday but i had an issue I haven’t seen in posts. I followed the recipe completely, weighing each ingredient. However when it came to mixing, the dough was so dry it wouldn’t come together at all. I ended up adding nearly another 1/2 cup of milk to finally make a nice dough ball. It turned out fantastic, and I’m going to need to make another loaf very soon. I did do 50% white whole wheat that I keep refrigerated along with regular AP flour. Could that have been my issue? I’d appreciate any thoughts you have. Thanks for the great recipe.Reader Kathy


This bread is made using the straight dough method.

That means everyone goes in the pool at the same time.

The one “rule” I have about it is to keep the salt and the yeast away from each other until the mixing begins.

That’s because high concentrations of salt can kill yeast. Just to clarify–not dry salt, but still.

So I keep the flour between them until I start mixing.

If you add everything to your mixer in the order I suggest, all will be well.

Do you have any ideas for other sorts of leftovers?

Use some of these resources to fight the battle on food waste:

Bechamel sauce leftovers may be used in a variety of ways. Uses for kimchi juice that has been left over. Brioche leftovers may be used in a variety of ways. There are a few things you can do with the remaining braising liquid. Oatmeal leftovers may be used in a variety of ways.

How to Tell if Grits are Bad?

There are a few telltale signs that’ll help you determine whether or not your grits have gone bad?

If the color has changed from white to yellow or a sour smell coming off them?

That means that the grits have gone foul.

Another way you can tell is by tasting it; when they’ve spoiled, they’ll taste bitter and unpleasant.

If you’re still not sure whether or not your grits are bad, give them a quick sniff: If there’s no scent of cornmeal (or if it smells moldy), then those are probably rancid and should be thrown out.

If you want to store your leftover grits for another day – either in their container or Ziploc bag- make sure that first, they’re cooled down (if hot) before storing them away.

Can You Eat Leftover Grits?

Grits are a great way to add southern flair to your dishes, but you may not know that they can also be leftovers.

The next time you cook up a batch of grits for breakfast or dinner, make sure to store the leftover in an airtight container and refrigerate them until ready to use again.

Some people love eating cold grits with butter on top, while others don’t think it’s something worth trying unless it’s fresh off the stovetop.

What To Do With Leftover Grits

If you have cooked for a big family before, you’ll know the importance of leftover dishes. It is amazing, especially when you have a busy morning, so you can always store what is left the night before and reheat them in the morning.

Sometimes it can be boring to use the same quick grit in different meals. So, how to use leftover grits?

When you don’t know what to do, you can always deep fry them. It is a simple Southern style to enjoy quick grits. You can put them on a tray on top of parchment paper and put them in the fryer. Once they are crispy enough, you can take them out and serve them with cheese or herbs.

Another way to work on these thicken grits is by sauteing them with pasta on medium-high heat. You can harden the cheesy grits with greased pan and cut in small cubes for plain grits like polenta. Then, pour in a saucepan and saute them with butter, ground corn, pasta, and cheese.


Grits are famous Southern comfort food that is super tasty to have for breakfast. It is normal to store them for further usage, but it might be tricky to reheat the leftover ones.After this how to reheat grits post,

I hope you have found the perfect way for you to reheat your favorite dishes to save your preparation and cooking times for when you’re too busy to cook from scratch.


Leftover grits could be put to good use in this recipe, too, which Paula Deen included in her second cookbook. It comes from Elizabeth Terry, chef at Elizabeth on 37th Street in Savannah, Ga.

The chilled grits-sausage mixture can be made up to 1 day in advance.

6 servings

Need suggestions for other types of leftovers?

Fight the war on food waste with some of these resources:

Uses for leftover bechamel sauce. Uses for leftover kimchi juice. Uses for leftover brioche. Uses for leftover braising liquid. Uses for leftover oatmeal.

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Nate Teague is a food writer who has been working in the food industry for the past decade. He writes for various cooking blogs and has a passion for making fine dining recipes accessible to the at-home cook. More about us →