Frequently Asked Questions


Our staff receives several questions daily regarding the ingredients of our polenta products and the health benefits received from incorporating polenta into your regular diet. We've tried to compile several of the questions we receive regularly and answer them for you. We hope this section of our web site can answer your questions. Also you may want to view the products section for a complete list of ingredients for each item. If you can't find the answers you are looking for, by all means call or email your questions to us.

What is Polenta?

Polenta is a cornmeal porridge that originated in Northern Italy as a peasant food. Though most typically made with coarse yellow cornmeal, polenta can also be made from finely ground yellow or white cornmeal.  


What's the difference between San Gennaro Polenta and the polenta I can make for my family at home?


That's a very good question. Years of customer feed back have told us that the only difference is "convenience". Our polenta is made from an authentic Italian recipe. Unless you make it yourself from scratch, polenta just doesn't get any better than this. 


Can I freeze San Gennaro Polenta? Does it require refrigeration? 


No and no! Freezing takes the water out of the corn and will leave you with a crumbly, inedible product. Our polenta also does not require refrigeration and is perfectly fine on your pantry shelf until opened. Polenta must be refrigerated after opening.


Where Can I find San Gennaro polenta products?


San Gennaro Foods products can be found nationwide in local supermarkets, specialty stores and delis. If you cannot find San Gennaro polenta products in your area please contact us.


Can I order your products directly from you?


If you are unable to find San Gennaro Polenta in a store near you, we would be happy to sell you our polenta directly to you! Unfortunately, our minimum for home delivery is one case, and we accept checks or paypal. For more information, feel free to call us at 253-872-1900 or contact us at


How long are your products good once opened?


For the shelf stable polenta and grits: After you open the Polenta it will last 5-7 days in the fridge. Do not freeze the polenta. Refrigeration is ok, but we recommend just storing unopened chubs of polenta in your pantry. There is a best by date listed on each package.

How long after the "Best by" date is it ok to consume unopened polenta?

There is a best by date on each package, however the polenta is likely still good for a few months past that point since it's airtight. We normally recommend if you want to consume our polenta after the best by date, be sure it's not more than three months past. Please use your best judgement and caution though, and do not eat if the product has visible mold or an off smell. We cannot guarantee any product past the expiration date. 

Are your products healthy?


Yes, all three San Gennaro brand polenta flavors are fat free, are all natural, and have no preservatives. They are also all gluten free.