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Old 08-11-2019, 06:45 AM
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I have been working outside on my land recently and if I wanted to I could harvest bushels of worms, cicadas and other insects.

Worms: I hear that they need to be cleaned of dirt first but how do you cook them to remove all the slime? I find multiple large worms in every shovel full of dirt a move in my yard..... Could be a plentiful and renewable resource for me.

Other common insects: I have a few acres of woods with large trees and it’s bursting with cicadas..... Can you eat mosquito larvae? They can be found in every drop of standing water..... common and carpenter ants? I have eaten them a few at a time raw but is there a way to harvest and cook them in larger quantities?

Anyone know of any other edible and preferably palatable common insects found in North America?
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Just in Jungle survival school 100 years ago -- still not my favorite foods --
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I have a food storage so I never have to eat icky things.

It's kind of hard to catch enough crickets in a day to keep a grown man fed. Tree grubs may be a common meal in the Congo but some place just don't have enough meal worms and horny toads handy to think you can resort to them keeping you alive.
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swallow worms head first the hairs catch going down otherwise.
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Years ago, we visited Everglades Nat Park, and took one of the Ranger tours. The Rangerette stated she was pursuing a masters degree in some PC subject. She went on to talk about all the insects the Everglades supports, and how insects will become an important part of our food supply.

To this date, I cannot understand pursuing a masters degree with the intention of eating bugs!! It would seem that kind of education would be to assure that you never had to eat bugs. ??????
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Yep, my uncle makes earthworm cookies...basically just chocolate chip cookies with ground up worms for protein.
If you didn't know what was in it, you'd eat them all up...(I still do)
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Me and my brother got a kid down the street to eat a worm once.
He didn't die.
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A family at our church in the mid 70's during the meat shortage, sunk their entire life savings into become worm farmers. No. That's not a joke.
Much like snails, the worms are a certain type and fed a special diet before being harvested. Once harvested they were washed, picked over for "problems" and dehydrated. From there they were made into flour. The worm meal was to replace up to 1/2 of the flour in a normal recipe, adding I don't remember, how many grams of protein.
Before being milled they were crisp and tasted a bit nutty. After baking you could hardly notice the difference. They don't work in pastry and they will cause a sauce like gravy to clump.
Not my first choice and I won't be digging any up but I could eat them again.
I haven't had crickets but if they were prepared by a person who had cultural ties to the food, I would try them.
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Bugs have lots of protein - birds fly on them.

Survivors will eat bugs when there is nothing else.
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I would be a little concerned about parasites.
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Every summer when Ants get on me and sting me, I pin them and grab and eat em for stinging me. My wife calls me a Nut...
I once travelled to SE Asia with a real Nut, he bought and ate a deep fried Tarantula at a street market.
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I've eaten grubs, ants, cicadaes, etc. Best ones ever were the grubs in the high Amazon. It was like eating deep fried bacon fat. They were just roasted on sticks.

For ants, make sure they're cooked. No fun when they bite your tongue. You can mass gather them by tossing a dug up nest in water. Ants float. Pour them off with the top water. Repeat if necessary to get a clean collection. Best fried with a little oil so they pop.
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Several years ago I went to a "bugette feast."
First we had a tour through the forest to learn where to find them.
Then we went back for snacks.
At the end we had a dinner prepared by a chef,
featuring various insects.

It did not include earthworms or spiders or centipedes;
but did include wasps, bees, ants, grasshoppers, crickets,
grubs (don't remember what kind), and probably other
things I have forgotten.

Some of them - grasshoppers for example - have a lot of "cellophane".
Bees were fuzzy but sweet.
Ants varied quite a bit, from peppery to tea-like.
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I have eaten quite a lot over the years. Crickets seem to be the most. We always cook them and or fry them and add powder BBQ to them. We dont do it all the time but as a SHTF camp thing or when we add a new person to the team.
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Worms and grasshoppers are common in Mexico and Asia. In China they sell scorpions and Silkworm eggs and people buy them to eat.
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How about some nice honeypot ants?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honeypot_ant




https://www.futurefoodshop.com/colle...edible-insects
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I haven't had crickets but if they were prepared by a person who had cultural ties to the food, I would try them.
Most of the local White Oak gas stations around here sell boxes of crickets, hot, mild, bbq'd...of course we had to try them..a bit pricey as a novelty, but actually not bad. I liked the hot, my son liked the bbq..my wife refused to try them.

I'd eat them again
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I have been working outside on my land recently and if I wanted to I could harvest bushels of worms, cicadas and other insects.

Worms: I hear that they need to be cleaned of dirt first but how do you cook them to remove all the slime? I find multiple large worms in every shovel full of dirt a move in my yard..... Could be a plentiful and renewable resource for me.

Other common insects: I have a few acres of woods with large trees and itís bursting with cicadas..... Can you eat mosquito larvae? They can be found in every drop of standing water..... common and carpenter ants? I have eaten them a few at a time raw but is there a way to harvest and cook them in larger quantities?

Anyone know of any other edible and preferably palatable common insects found in North America?
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Well---

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Most of the local White Oak gas stations around here sell boxes of crickets, hot, mild, bbq'd...of course we had to try them..a bit pricey as a novelty, but actually not bad. I liked the hot, my son liked the bbq..my wife refused to try them.

I'd eat them again
Headed over there in Oct., I will look for them.
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