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How to store advanced polenta – Italian Cuisine

How to store advanced polenta

Can you freeze or is the fridge better? Find out which are the best solutions not to waste the advanced one and reuse it in many recycling recipes

Difficult to regulate with the quantities of corn flour to be cooked and therefore it can happen that – despite bis and tris – the polenta leftovers. THE recycling dishes there are many of the tradition – grilled or fried polenta croutons (and then maybe even passed in sugar); polenta au gratin or mashed for example – but how to keep the polenta left to be able to prepare them?

Keep the polenta for a short time

If you think of consume it within 2-3 days, the easiest way to store polenta is in the fridge, at most it will tend to dry out slightly. There are, however, some precautions to follow. First do it cool completely. Only when it is very cold, wrap it in a clean tea towel or place it on a plate covered with a couple of sheets of kitchen paper and close with plastic wrap, better avoid aluminum. Another excellent solution is to put polenta vacuum.

Can polenta be frozen?

Nì, it depends on the use that you will make later. There polenta stored in the freezer tends to release a lot of water, risking to become shapeless and with a soft texture. The ideal method for freezing polenta is let it cool very well and cut it into slices. At this point, wrap each slice of polenta in aluminum foil and then put them in a bag for food and in the freezer (alternatively you can freeze well spaced on a tray and then put them in a bag when well frozen). Then use the polenta for prepare it au gratin or mashed, using the slices still frozen. If you want to fry or grill the leftover polenta, defrost the slices in the fridge and dry them carefully with kitchen paper before cooking them.
You can keep the polenta in the freezer for up to three months and the thawed portion must be consumed within 24 hours.

Temporary store at the Milan plant, Pasta Armando in a suitcase – Italian Cuisine


In Milan there is the yellow risotto that goes by tram and now there is also a temporary store just off the rails of the Central Station: is signed by Pasta Armando, an Irpinia company of excellence Italian food industry. The famous pasta in a suitcase, must-haves of Italian travelers, I fancy and spoil everything Italian, it's easier and more gourmet than ever! The store will remain open until June 14th.

"Irpinia, where I was born, is a beautiful and genuine land but far from the international tourist and business-travel routes – said Maria Gabriella De Matteis, of De Matteis Agroalimentare, which produces Pasta Armando – we then decided to bring some Irpinia to an important crossroads of these routes, or the Milano Centrale station ”.

174640And so from the lands that are now the province of Avellino, in Campania, arrives the pasta to pack in your suitcase, wheat of the Filiera Armando, conceived in practical travel packs and 2 kg boxes in the most popular formats semolina line and the whole organic line with oats, all produced by this company which is the result of an integrated production system between industry and agriculture, the so-called "Armando ecosystem": it is a sort of pact between the producer, the farmers and the agronomists, for a supply chain and a product of genuine quality.

The grain 100% Italian has a contents minimum protein content of 14.5% and from the fields go directly to the Mill: less than 10% of Italian pasta factories have their own mill and that of De Matteis Agroalimentare is among those. After the mill comes the pasta factory; the wheat is turned into pasta by mixing it with the pure water of the Irpinia springs. And there is aattention to the environment because thanks to the cogeneration plant that feeds the plant it is possible to produce in a manner sustainable. Finally, the integrated production process is fully traceable.

174643In addition to pasta, in the temporary store you can buy the Armando Beer, produced with the same durum wheat as the supply chain. And various tasty gadgets. Travelers will also find the personalized briefcase, limited edition, containing among other things a copy of the last successful book "Cacio & Pepe" by chef Alessandro Borghese, who attended the opening of the store on April 24th and whose recipes made with Pasta Armando are the protagonists of the TV program Alessandro Borghese Kitchen Sound, broadcast from Monday to Saturday on SkyUnoHD and SkyUno + 1.

IS174646d is really in the Borghese restaurant, "The Luxury of Simplicity", located in the heart of the Milan City Life, which the store's customers will be able to win a dinner for two participating in the “scratch and win” competition combined with this temporary shop initiative (there are also many beautiful pasta packages up for grabs!).

In the shop there is also an easier access to theArmando e-shop: isn't the space in your suitcase enough to take away an adequate number of packets of pasta and other Armando products? You can make orders directly from there for any quantity, type and format of product.

Aurora Quinto
May 2019


Hot and Cheesy Crab and Artichoke Dip

Hot and cheesy imitation crab and artichoke dip, serve this with baked chips and you have the perfect appetizer for a party.

My husband was craving an imitation crab meat salad and we made the mistake of going food shopping hungry… at a wholesale store no less, so we came home with 3 lbs of imitation crab meat!

What to do with all that imitation crab? I decided to make a hot dip with it using ingredients I had on hand.

I can see using a good light Swiss, such as Jarlsburg or a light mozzarella instead of cheddar, but all I had was cheddar and I thought it was fine.

This is large enough to feed a crowd. If you don’t want as much, you can certainly make half or freeze half for later. Make this a day ahead, then pop it in the oven before you are ready to serve. Let me remind you, this is a dip, so the serving size is 1/4 cup which I think is pretty average knowing people will pick on other stuff. Only 2 points plus per serving, I had to double check and see if I was wrong!

I tried this with pretzel thins, baked lentil chips (pictured here), baked corn chips.. it was great with all. Use what you like, and if you prefer to use real lump crab, go for it! You can even sprinkle some panko on top before baking… I would have but didn’t have any.

Hot and Cheesy Crab and Artichoke Dip
Servings: 16 • Size: 1/4 cup dip • Old Pts: 2 pts • WW Points+: 2 pts
Calories: 78 • Fat: 4 g • Carb: 4 g • Fiber: 0 g • Protein: 6 g • Sugar: 0 g
Sodium: 427 mg 


  • 14 oz can artichoke hearts packed in water, drained (8.5 oz dry wt)
  • 1 lb crab meat, imitation or lump
  • 2 tbsp chives
  • 6 tbsp reduced fat sour cream (or Greek yogurt)
  • 6 tbsp light mayonnaise (Hellman’s)
  • 1/3 cup parmesan cheese
  • 3/4 cups shredded reduced fat sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 – 2 tsp tabasco sauce
  • 1 tsp lemon juice


Preheat the oven to 400°.

Drain the artichoke hearts and chop fine. Chop the crab meat fine. Add them to a medium bowl and add remaining ingredients. Mix well using a rubber spatula, then transfer into a shallow baking dish.

Bake until the cheese is melted and the top becomes golden, about 30 minutes. Serve hot with baked chips.

Makes 4 cups.

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