This tip from Fine Cooking magazine contributor Maria Speck is genius. Maria wondered what would happen if you soaked polenta (cornmeal) overnight in some boiling water, and cooked it the next day. If it works for oatmeal, she thought, why wouldn’t it work for polenta? Sure enough, she tried it and realized she could then make polenta in under 15 minutes!
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