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Old 02-15-2009, 03:10 PM
 
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this economy has me worried that soon were all going to have to make use of indigenouse foods like all the bugs out their.. anybody know how to clean and cook tree grubs we have a lot of big fat tree gubs in our area with tons of termites and all other sorts of bugs.... tree grubs kinda look like a big fat pussey Moderator cut: coral jumbo shrimp...mmmmm good any suggestions

Last edited by Beretta; 02-15-2009 at 06:53 PM.. Reason: added in the coral so folks know you aren't just trolling ;-) had to google pussey shrimp to find pussey coral. Whew!

 
Old 02-15-2009, 03:44 PM
 
Location: GLAMA
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If my parents didn't have to resort to eating that kind of stuff during the Great Depression, something tells me it won't be in our future.
 
Old 02-15-2009, 04:52 PM
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Sorry, I can't see myself doing that anytime soon. I have enough food stored for about 6 months. I also have numerous apple trees and wild blackberries on my property. And as a last resort the cows and turkeys would supply plenty of meat.(but only if I had to).
 
Old 02-16-2009, 11:57 AM
 
Location: Oxford, England
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I have had a lot of insects and most of them were actually quite nice.

Ants, termite and grubs were my favourites and I would have no problem whatsoever eating them again. Worms are OK ( a bit gritty) as were caterpillars.

Never had slug but it really does not appeal.

I could never force myself to eat roasted spider in the jungle because of my arachnophobia but I suspect I would start changing my tune if I was actually hungry...

At the end of the day most meats we eat are bizarre if we really think about it.
It is just cultural bias which decides what is "gross" and what isn't. It is not particularly logical at all.


Insects etc... are an excellent source of protein and I don't really understand all the "eew" surrounding it. Prawns , lobsters, crabs etc.. all look rather unappealing and yet our society values them as great delicacies ( as do I).
 
Old 02-16-2009, 12:32 PM
 
Location: Richardson, TX
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Ants, termite and grubs were my favourites and I would have no problem whatsoever eating them again. Worms are OK ( a bit gritty) as were caterpillars.
So what kind of texture did the ants, termites, and grubs have?



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At the end of the day most meats we eat are bizarre if we really think about it.
It is just cultural bias which decides what is "gross" and what isn't. It is not particularly logical at all.
Insects etc... are an excellent source of protein and I don't really understand all the "eew" surrounding it. Prawns , lobsters, crabs etc.. all look rather unappealing and yet our society values them as great delicacies ( as do I).
I absolutely agree with everything you said about cultural bias. However, I am a product (haha I typed "project" at first) of my society and am completely disgusted by the notion of eating insects. I would do it if I were very very hungry, of course. I do have a bug phobia.
 
Old 02-16-2009, 12:34 PM
 
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I have had a lot of insects and most of them were actually quite nice.

Ants, termite and grubs were my favourites and I would have no problem whatsoever eating them again. Worms are OK ( a bit gritty) as were caterpillars.

Never had slug but it really does not appeal.

I could never force myself to eat roasted spider in the jungle because of my arachnophobia but I suspect I would start changing my tune if I was actually hungry...

At the end of the day most meats we eat are bizarre if we really think about it.
It is just cultural bias which decides what is "gross" and what isn't. It is not particularly logical at all.


Insects etc... are an excellent source of protein and I don't really understand all the "eew" surrounding it. Prawns , lobsters, crabs etc.. all look rather unappealing and yet our society values them as great delicacies ( as do I).
totaly agree... in the amazon grubs are a staple i have never had grubs or termites but i have had escargots and whelks..escargots and whelks are no different than the grubs and termites they look horrible at first glance but once cleaned and cooked they are mighty tastey!!!!! but u are right i don't think i could do slugs!!!!
 
Old 02-16-2009, 01:23 PM
 
Location: Oxford, England
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So what kind of texture did the ants, termites, and grubs have?





I absolutely agree with everything you said about cultural bias. However, I am a product (haha I typed "project" at first) of my society and am completely disgusted by the notion of eating insects. I would do it if I were very very hungry, of course. I do have a bug phobia.
I don't have a bug phobia but I can't say I go out of my way to encounter bugs either. And I am terrified of spiders. I was bitten by a black widow when I was 4 years old and it has scarred me for life !

So believe me the Amazon was a really huge step for me ... teeming with insect life and spiders the size of my hand. But I was lucky and never actually encountered one "face to face" ( very close up) so to speak, though I suspect had I done so you would have hear my wussie screams from space !



The ants and termites were crunchy outside but soft inside. I can't really compare it to anything but I suppose if you think of a prawn then insects like crickets are similar without obviously the prawn flavour. But perfectly nice really. Termites have almost a "lemony" flavour to them. Slightly acidic but not unpleasant.

Grubs are a little bland in a way ( there is a vague "peanut"/nut taste about it) but the texture is like a soft meat ( the outer layer becomes slightly crispy when cooked) . Some of them taste almost slightly sweet.

Worms I was not too keen on, a bit gritty but you could eat them if you had too.

I would actually rather eat grubs and roasted crickets and grasshoppers ( which I quite like) than marshmallows or molasses so I guess I am probably considered a freak by most people.

I trekked through the Amazon and did a lot of bush walking in my younger ( and healthier) days and you soon learn to listen to your stomach rather than your cultural taboos...

A couple of days without food and a lot of things start to look pretty darn appetising ! Trust me "gross" and "eew" is not really an option.
My survival guide was French and managed to make everything taste like restaurant food really. He actually carried herbs with him would you believe...

I am quite adventurous but like everyone else I do have my likes and dislikes and even hates !


I would never eat rotten shark meat ( Icelandic delicacy) or marmot ever again unless I was really , really, really hungry. Pretty appalling experiences but I'm still here to tell the tale.

I value even the bad experiences . It's all part of life really.
 
Old 02-16-2009, 02:22 PM
 
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Um...I think I would rather kill my neighbor and eat them if it gets that bad.
 
Old 02-16-2009, 03:47 PM
 
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Um...I think I would rather kill my neighbor and eat them if it gets that bad.
 
Old 02-16-2009, 05:04 PM
 
Location: San Diego, CA
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Wasp and bee larvae are pretty good. They taste like honey and are gooey and kind of crunchy (I ate them raw).

There are a few cultures that eat silkworm larvae. I haven't tried those yet.
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