Hominy is dried corn kernels which have been hulled and degermed, either mechanically or chemically by soaking the corn in slaked lime or lye. It has a soft, chewy texture. Hominy is sold canned, ready to eat, or it can be purchased dried which must be reconstituted before using. It is served as a side dish or part of a casserole or soup. Ground hominy is called grits and is available in three grinds- coarse, medium, and fine.