[at-l] "There's a Bug on My Plate" ...or... how eArThworm could be a cannibal

Frank Looper nightwalker.at at gmail.com
Fri Dec 10 13:07:06 CST 2010

I'll try anything but a slug.
On Dec 10, 2010 12:29 PM, "Mara Factor" <mfactor at gmail.com> wrote:
> Wow! How timely!
> I was just putting together a page about food and cultural biases for my
> site. I still have work to do on it but those who are interested can read
> about more than just bugs at:
> http://friends.backcountry.net/m_factor/WeirdFood.html
> There's no link from anywhere else on my web site just yet but I hope to
> finish this page soon. In the meantime, you might find some interesting
> tidbits there though I have more to add like the story of the grasshopper
> that got away at the festival in Thailand where large woks of them were
> being fried up for locals that obviously enjoyed crunching on them.
> For what it's worth, of all the bug eating options I've seen
> grubs, cockroach-like bugs, tarantulas, and more, I never saw any that
> cooked beyond recognition of their original shape. Mostly they were just
> fried up and eaten from bags like we might munch on a small bag of
> Hmm, time for lunch...
> Mara
> Stitches, AT99
> Visit my Travels and Trails web site at:
> http://friends.backcountry.net/m_factor
> On Fri, Dec 10, 2010 at 11:53 AM, Linda Patton <lpatton at fsu.edu> wrote:
>> Courtesy of Backpacker Mag.
>> Enjoy? :-P
>> ~~ eArThworm
>> -----------------------------------------
>> There's a bug on my plate
>> In other "less civilized" parts of the globe, you'll run into bug eaters
>> (entomophagists)
>> who crunch crickets with gusto and burp beetles with satisfaction. But
>> somewhere in
>> the evolutionary process, we decided that insects and worms should be
>> inedible. So
>> where did we go astray? I have no idea. All I do know is that if you're
>> ever short of grub
>> and deep in the bush, insects can stave off your hunger in a healthy way.
>> Bug-eating basics
>> Nutritionally, when you're talking earthworms, you're talking about a
>> of protein
>> in a little package: 60 to 70 percent on a dry weight basis, and a
>> generally wholesome
>> food source. Worms, like most invertebrates, don't keep well and should
>> thrown into
>> the pot still twitching or very soon after the twitching stops. After
>> you've gathered a few
>> handfuls, rinse in cold water. A colander works best, but you can also
>> throw them in
>> your water bottle, shake them up and pour off the water. After a thorough
>> cleansing,
>> your food will be stunned and easier to handle. Pour them out on a clean
>> cloth, carefully
>> pick out the debris or any long-dead specimens, and pat the remainder
>> Worms are better if for about 24 hours you keep them in a container of
>> with a table-
>> spoon or two of corn meal, bran meal, or some other dry food the worms
>> eat. They'll
>> seek out and feed on the grain, which pushes any dirt in their innards
>> the back end,
>> and voila, you have stuffed, grit-free, read-to-cook worms. You can boil
>> them and dive
>> right in, or make your taste buds happier by spicing things up. Here are
>> few suggestions:
>> Earthworm Patty Supreme
>> 1½ pounds thoroughly smushed earthworms
>> ½ cup melted butter
>> 1 teaspoon lemon rind
>> 1½ teaspoon salt
>> ½ teaspoon pepper
>> 1 beaten egg
>> 1 cup dry bread crumbs
>> 1 tablespoon butter
>> Combine worms, melted butter, lemon rind, salt, and pepper. Shape into
>> patties,
>> dip in egg, then bread crumbs. Fry in a pan with butter for about 10
>> minutes,
>> turning once.
>> Basic Cooked Bugs
>> 1 cup cleaned bugs (worms, beetles, grasshoppers, crickets, and/or
>> honeybees)
>> 2 cups water
>> 1 teaspoon salt
>> 2 dashes pepper
>> 1 tablespoon butter
>> ½ teaspoon sage (optional)
>> 2 tablespoons finely chopped onion
>> Place all ingredients in a pan. Bring to boil. Allow to simmer for 30
>> minutes or until
>> tender. Mashing everything into an unrecognizable glump will help with
>> first nibble.
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