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Sundancer7

Would you eat insects? Wed, 05/15/13 11:42 AM (permalink)
I have been to countries that consume all kinds of insects.  I confess that I have never tried them.  I saw the in Brazil, Argentina, Costa Rica, Panama and Mexico.  Mostly fried and spiced but also many other ways.  The UN believes that food sustainability will have to rely on insects due to their availability, nutrition and various other things.  I saw folks in South America and Central America eating them like French fries.  They apparently enjoyed them as they were gulping them down.
 
I know that in the USA, many folks are consuming cicada's and preparing them many different ways.  It appears that we will have billions in abundance very soon.
 
I know that most Roadfood.com folks will turn up their nose to this and I probably will also but food availability in the future is in doubt for the masses.
 
http://eatocracy.cnn.com/2013/05/14/eat-insects-save-the-world-says-the-u-n/?hpt=hp_bn11
 
Paul E. Smith
Knoxville, TN
 
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    Ketteract

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    Re:Would you eat insects? Wed, 05/15/13 12:21 PM (permalink)
    No.
     
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      EdSails

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      Re:Would you eat insects? Wed, 05/15/13 2:05 PM (permalink)
      I have only eaten one type of insect in my life. That was the worm in the bottom of the bottle of mescal. I think the idea is that by the time you've gone through the whole bottle of mescal, you're game for anything. Now the next day, when you say to yourself "I ate a WHAT?".............
       
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        love2bake

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        Re:Would you eat insects? Wed, 05/15/13 3:26 PM (permalink)
        Ohhhh Ed--you are BRAVE!!  Tequila is my drink of choice, but I've never eaten the worm.  I don't care what power it's supposed to have.
         
        And no, I would not eat bugs.  On purpose, anyway.  I have accidently eaten live ants. 
         
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          EdSails

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          Re:Would you eat insects? Wed, 05/15/13 4:27 PM (permalink)
          love2bake


          And no, I would not eat bugs.  On purpose, anyway.  I have accidently eaten live ants. 

           
          Not even mudbugs?

           
          #5
            Sundancer7

            Re:Would you eat insects? Wed, 05/15/13 4:32 PM (permalink)
            I wonder if folks would eat them if they were hungry enough or if that the only thing available.  I saw folks in the countries listed above where all kinds of food was available and they still ate them by the handful.
             
            Paul E. Smith
            Knoxville, TN
             
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              kaszeta

              Re:Would you eat insects? Wed, 05/15/13 5:01 PM (permalink)
              Mexican Chapulines (grasshoppers) are actually pretty good.
               
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                pnwchef

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                Re:Would you eat insects? Wed, 05/15/13 5:10 PM (permalink)
                Sure, I eat Lobster and Crab all the time, they are the spiders of sea....
                 
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                  Sundancer7

                  Re:Would you eat insects? Wed, 05/15/13 5:40 PM (permalink)
                  kaszeta


                  Mexican Chapulines (grasshoppers) are actually pretty good.

                   
                  I saw those in giant piles in Mexico.  I sorta wish I had tried them.  Folks would buy them by the pound.
                   
                  http://www.vagabondjourney.com/grasshoppers-or-chapulines-great-mexican-food/
                   
                  Paul E. Smith
                  Knoxville, TN

                   
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                    Foodbme

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                    Re:Would you eat insects? Thu, 05/16/13 12:10 AM (permalink)
                    It would need to be a life or death situation!
                     
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                      kathy_in_wlsv

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                      Re:Would you eat insects? Thu, 05/16/13 7:55 AM (permalink)
                      Andrew Zimmern not withstanding, personally, no I wouldn't eat insects, on purpose.
                      However when she was very small, my daughter used to lure ants to our sidewalk by pouring Koolaid on a spot, then sh would gobble them up as fast as they would come. She said they tasted "like crawly lemonade.!"
                       
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                        Sundancer7

                        Re:Would you eat insects? Thu, 05/16/13 8:51 AM (permalink)
                        I never thought that their were numerous restaurants  in the USA serving crickets and other insects but in the attached below list just a few.  The Mexican grasshoppers mentioned in a post above might be the only one I could tolerate.
                         
                        http://eatocracy.cnn.com/2013/05/15/where-to-eat-insects/?hpt=hp_bn11
                         
                        Paul E. Smith
                        Knoxville, TN
                         
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                          EdSails

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                          Re:Would you eat insects? Thu, 05/16/13 2:41 PM (permalink)
                          kathy_in_wlsv



                          However when she was very small, my daughter used to lure ants to our sidewalk by pouring Koolaid on a spot, then sh would gobble them up as fast as they would come. She said they tasted "like crawly lemonade.!"


                           
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                            CCinNJ

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                            Re:Would you eat insects? Thu, 05/16/13 2:48 PM (permalink)
                            She coulda had the only crawly lemonade stand in the neighborhood!
                             
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                              chewingthefat

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                              Re:Would you eat insects? Thu, 05/16/13 2:50 PM (permalink)
                              No interest at all!
                               
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                                chewingthefat

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                                Re:Would you eat insects? Thu, 05/16/13 4:53 PM (permalink)
                                The thought of crunching one between my teeth then having the gooey insides squirt in my mouth makes me sick just writing about it, ugh!
                                 
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                                  jcheese

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                                  Re:Would you eat insects? Thu, 05/16/13 6:16 PM (permalink)
                                  Hell, they eat me all day. Pay back.
                                   
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                                    bartl

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                                    Re:Would you eat insects? Mon, 05/20/13 8:15 PM (permalink)
                                    pnwchef
                                    Sure, I eat Lobster and Crab all the time, they are the spiders of sea....

                                    Beat me to it.
                                     
                                    Bart
                                     
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                                      love2bake

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                                      Re:Would you eat insects? Thu, 05/30/13 11:22 PM (permalink)
                                      Love it, jcheese!!
                                       
                                      Just came across this timely article:
                                      http://www.bonappetit.com...od-chefs-richmond.html
                                       
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                                        carolina bob

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                                        Re:Would you eat insects? Fri, 05/31/13 1:47 AM (permalink)
                                        Not a chance.
                                         
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                                          edwmax

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                                          Re:Would you eat insects? Fri, 05/31/13 6:08 AM (permalink)
                                          Not on purpose.
                                           
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                                            tiki

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                                            Re:Would you eat insects? Tue, 06/4/13 2:44 PM (permalink)
                                            you mean not counting the ALLOWED insect parts per ton for wheat that we eat every day in our bread? :)
                                             
                                             
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                                              Sundancer7

                                              Re:Would you eat insects? Tue, 06/4/13 3:29 PM (permalink)
                                              Two billion people of the world do.  You could be in the minority if you do not.  I have not and have no plans to but it cannot be out of the question.  Some of the worlds greatest chefs now feature them.
                                               
                                              http://eatocracy.cnn.com/2013/06/03/the-bees-knees-of-bug-dishes/?hpt=ea_bn1&hpt=hp_bn11
                                               
                                              Paul E. Smith
                                              Knoxville, TN
                                               
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                                                CajunKing

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                                                Re:Would you eat insects? Wed, 06/5/13 7:50 PM (permalink)
                                                EdSails


                                                kathy_in_wlsv



                                                However when she was very small, my daughter used to lure ants to our sidewalk by pouring Koolaid on a spot, then sh would gobble them up as fast as they would come. She said they tasted "like crawly lemonade.!"



                                                 
                                                That sounds like a relative of Ozzy Osbourne who once snorted a line of ants in a one up mans ship with another Big Hair Rock Star.
                                                 
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                                                  CajunKing

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                                                  Re:Would you eat insects? Wed, 06/5/13 7:53 PM (permalink)
                                                  Back in the late 80's when the cicadas were out, Snappy Tomato Pizza was just entering into the area.  They had a few run ins on delivery with the swarms and ever since their catchy jingle has ever since been reworded.
                                                   
                                                  Original:
                                                   
                                                  Snap - Snap - Snappy Tomato Pizza hmmmmm
                                                   
                                                  Reworded:
                                                   
                                                  Snap - Snap - Snappy Cicada Pizza Yummmmmm
                                                   
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                                                    mr chips

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                                                    Re:Would you eat insects? Mon, 06/10/13 9:18 PM (permalink)
                                                    Have eaten grasshoppers at several mexican places. Actually prett good with a crunch. Ate them with a flavorful sauce.
                                                     
                                                    <message edited by mr chips on Tue, 07/9/13 1:08 AM>
                                                     
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                                                      SodaDude

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                                                      Re:Would you eat insects? Wed, 06/26/13 7:44 PM (permalink)
                                                      No.  Just another reason why the U.N. is a waste of money.
                                                       
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                                                        food truck guy

                                                        Re:Would you eat insects? Mon, 07/8/13 11:59 PM (permalink)
                                                        I would like to try some grasshoppers
                                                         
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                                                          WarToad

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                                                          Re:Would you eat insects? Tue, 07/9/13 11:40 AM (permalink)
                                                          I had stir fried locusts in Hong Kong.  Guts were squeezed out and re-filled with a chili paste.  They were pretty dang tasty.  Crunchy on the outside, chili/garlicy goodness on the inside.  Went back for more.
                                                           
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                                                            MetroplexJim

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                                                            Re:Would you eat insects? Wed, 07/10/13 9:21 AM (permalink)
                                                            No, but I'm sure that I do -- ground up in my Cheerios!
                                                             
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