Sorry to tell you this, but you are bringing home live bug eggs when you buy grains. The insects that eat those grains are edible. They are even considered a healthy source of protein. If you prefer not to have them, the simplest solution is to put the grains in the freezer for at least three days to kill the eggs. After that, allow moisture from condensation to dry completely before moving the food in containers.
I don’t have a Bay tree, but a friend here in Valle Vista does. She uses Bay leaves for cooking and also for keeping bugs out of her pantry. It is a pretty tree that would look great in landscaping. My friend keeps Bay leaves in her pantry and dry food containers to repel bugs.
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Up until now, I haven’t tried to eat bugs intentionally, but I have found a lot of information on this both on the Internet and at our local library. I read they provide quality protein without growth hormones. Male body builders consume protein drinks made from bugs to increase their muscle mass. They use bug protein because the added growth hormones in commercially farmed animals causes unwanted side effects in men. Do your own research, if you want more details on that. The following are random articles about consuming bugs:
- http://healthfinder.gov/News/Article.aspx?id=671670 – December 21, 2013 – Mealworms: The Next High-Protein Food Source?
- http://www.takepart.com/article/2012/12/23/eating-worms-more-junior-high-torture-device-way-save-earth?cmpid=tp-ad-nrelate –
- http://www.naturalnews.com/035688_Monsanto_honey_bees_colony_collapse.html – When a pesticide company has control of over most of our food, I am concerned.
- http://www.foodproductdesign.com/blogs/hotpot/2012/12/mealworms-the-new-white-meat.aspx – This is an excellent site for more in depth info on food news.
- http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/12/121219173906.htm – Dec. 19, 2012 – From Farm to Table, Mealworms May Be the Next Best Food
- http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/50259422/ns/technology_and_science-science/#.UNRh8bZTs7A – 12/20/2012 – Mealworms: They’re not just for breakfast anymore…
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vn46HhdNS-w – Mealworm pupa turning into beetle (really cool!)
- http://www.facebook.com/pages/International-Society-of-Food-and-Feed-Insects/247954405249716 – International Society of Food and Feed Insects
- http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2012/12/19/167639501/mealworms-beat-meat-for-a-place-on-the-menu-in-environmental-study –
- http://www.foodservicewarehouse.com/restaurant-equipment-supply-marketing-articles/going-green/eating-insects-the-most-eco-friendly-meat/c28106.aspx – Eating Insects: The Most Eco-Friendly Meat
- http://www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/insects/beetles/mealworm/mealwormlifecycle.shtml – Mealworm Lifecycle Tenebrio molitor
- http://www.sciencefriday.com/blogs/06/14/2012/diy-insect-collecting-beat-sheet.html?series&interest&audience&author –
- http://www.sciencefriday.com/blogs/06/07/2012/cultural-entomology-walking-sticks.html?series=17&interest&audience&author –
- http://www.macalester.edu/ordway/biodiversity/inventory/2010spring/Biotic%20Inventory_Mealworm%20Beetle%20copy.html – Biotic Inventory
Documenting Diversity at the Katharine Ordway Natural History Study Area
- http://webecoist.momtastic.com/2009/07/07/eco-friendly-protein-edible-bugs – Eco-Friendly Protein: Edible Bugs
- http://www.huffingtonpost.com/daniel-klein/eating-insects-entomophagy_b_1081207.html – Catching and Eating Insects with Entomophagy Expert David Gracer
- http://www.smallstockfoods.com/index.php –
- http://www.shape.com/blogs/weight-loss-coach/are-insects-future-food – 11/9/2012 – Are Insects the Future of Food?
- https://bangordailynews.com/2012/06/28/living/you-love-lobster-so-why-not-grasshopper-tacos-and-kelp-pasta – You love lobster, so why not grasshopper tacos and kelp pasta?
- http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/channel/doomsday-preppers/videos/cricket-stir-fry –
- http://discovermagazine.com/2008/may/07-want-to-help-the-environment-eat-insects – May 07, 2008 – “A group of experts endorse bugs as a nutritious and sustainable food source.”
WHAT BUGS ME
I agree that eating bugs seems be gross, but I am interested in healthy foods. So here I am writing a post about bugs. I plan on trying meal worms and crickets. I might even start raising them. My purpose in trying them is to avoid unhealthy animal protein. Farms animal meat would be healthy if the animals were allowed to graze in uncrowded fields. Factory farms force animals to eat feed that is far from their natural diet. Crowding animals allows disease to spread so fast that commercial farmers add antibiotics to the feed of all the animals whether they need it or not. To increase profit the animals are feed growth hormones and the cheapest food. The cheapest feed is genetically modified organisms such as grains and soybeans. When an animal eats this and then I eat that animal, I am absorbing a concentration of antibiotics, pesticides, GMO-foods. I think this sounds grosser than eating bugs I raise on organic, non-GMO grains, fruits and vegetables. For information on free-range insects, view http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KSBdA0B-rwk – Eat The Weeds: Episode 124: Acorn Grubs – EatTheWeeds – Dec 2, 2010.
RAISING EDIBLE INSECTS
- Mealworms: Raise Them, Watch Them, See Them Change by Adrienne Mason [Hardcover c1998)
- http://plaza.ufl.edu/maysa/project2/how%20to%20raise%20these%20insects.htm – “The best place to raise crickets is an aquarium.”
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h2z1EBXGb-8 – May 25, 2010 – Mealworm Care and Breeding (very in depth)
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LczqEONN1Ho – How to Raise Mealworms Complete Guide
- http://mealwormbreeding.blogspot.com – Guide to Breeding Mealworms
- http://www.sialis.org/raisingmealworms.htm – Raising Mealworms: Everything You Always Wanted to Know (and more)
- http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/how-to-raise-mealworms –
- http://epmid.wordpress.com/2012/01/30/entomophagy-trial-run – January 30, 2012 – Entontmophagy Trial Run
- http://www.slideshare.net/GreggFlaharty/bio-slide-show-3 – November 30, 2010 – What is Entomophagy? slideshow
- http://blogs.wayne.edu/thebettertoeatyouwith/2011/entomophagy-because-everybodys-doing-it – June 24 2011 – Entomophagy: Because Everybody’s Doing It – “There are about 3,000 ethnic groups that currently practice entomophagy… the number of edible insects species is between 1417 to 1462…”
- http://www.hotlix.com – Insect Candy
- http://insectsarefood.com/what_is_entomophagy.html – Insects Are Food – What is Entomophagy? – “The word “entomophagy” derives from the Greek term éntomos, or éntomon, meaning, “insect(ed),” literally meaning “cut in two,” referring to an insect’s segmented body, and phăgein, “to eat.”
- Combined, the two terms mean, “insect eating.” …the word itself is a rather new term. There’s no record of its coinage in the Oxford English Dictionary and its first usage to denote a human behavior may well be as recent as the 1950s…”
- http://www.faculty.de.gcsu.edu/~cbader/ghprecwithinsects.html – Grasshopper Recipes with Real Insect – This site loaded with links to other insect recipes.
- http://www.cals.ncsu.edu/course/ent425/text18/food.html – “Most agricultural products are already contaminated with insects (or insect products) when they are harvested, and still more gain access during storage.”
- http://www.saxonweb.com/church/insects.htm – “”
- http://www.manataka.org/page160.html – Manatak American Indian Council
- https://worldento.com/central/recipes – World Entomophagy
- http://people.howstuffworks.com/entomophagy1.htm – “If that’s not enough, we’ll get Biblical on you. In the Old Testament book of Leviticus, the writers did a nice job of outlining the foods that are forbidden and permissible to consume. Off-limits were rabbits, pigs, pelicans, mice, turtles and weasels. Apparently our Biblical ancestors were a bit less choosy than we are today. Then in Leviticus 11:22, it says “Even these of them ye may eat; the locust after his kind, and the bald locust after his kind, and the beetle after his kind, and the grasshopper after his kind.” With the green light clearly given, beetles and grasshoppers in Israel got a little nervous. John the Baptist lived in the desert for months at a time, living on locusts and honeycomb.”
- New York Gastronauts, a club for adventurous eaters