It happened that I was among the last people to find out about the new White Star 2 minute maize meal.
Few of my friends were raving about it on facebook and I thought I would also give it a try and of course set my timer. Hehe! These were my findings:
- Quality – The end results were really impressive. Texture wise, the pap is light and somewhat resembles mashed potatoes.
- It really cooks in two minutes as claimed. That means it saves time and electricity!!
- Mouthfeel – In my personal opinion, I find this maize meal lighter than the normal one. Normal maize meal is dense. It’s impressive that the product development team has managed to get a mouthfeel characteristic of normal maize meal. Kudos to them!
- Great innovative packaging – In terms of appearance the packaging is not only stunning but it is resealable too i.e. if you have a heat sealing machine at home.
- It is versatile- one gets to prepare the breakfast porridge (isidudu), stiff pap (umqa) and Madiba’s favourite -phuthu / krummel pap (umphokoqo). I’m just wondering how it would taste like if used to prepare Mageu. I guess we’ll have to test that at some point.
- It’s also available in two sizes i.e. 1kg and 2.5kg
That is not tall, according to the annual Sunday Times Top Brands Study 2012, the White Star brand is rated as the most popular maize meal brand in the country.
Stiff Pap Recipe
2½ cups boiling water
1 cup White Star Quick
5ml English Mustard
60ml frozen vegetables
5ml dried parsley
Salt and black pepper to taste
- Add water to a saucepan, gradually add maize meal while stirring.
- Add the rest of the ingredients.
- Cook on high heat for 2 minutes.