Eating bugs

Discussion in 'General Survival and Preparedness' started by larryinalabama, Dec 27, 2011.

  1. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama Monkey++

    Just curious how many of you could and would eat bugs to survive?
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  2. BTPost

    BTPost Stumpy Old Fart,Deadman Walking, Snow Monkey Moderator

    Cooked bugs are just another source of Protein....
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  3. Tikka

    Tikka Monkey+++

    Termites contain more protein than beef.

    Eating bugs sure beats dying.. :D
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  4. Gator 45/70

    Gator 45/70 Monkey+++

    Huh.???...Mudbugs people.!!!
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  5. Sapper John

    Sapper John Analog Monkey in a Digital World

    Absolutely,I've eaten things worse than bugs.People aren't as picky when starving.
  6. Seacowboys

    Seacowboys Senior Member Founding Member

    I have eaten a variety of bugs and can't say that I would recommend any of them.
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  7. mysterymet

    mysterymet Monkey+++

    I wonder if people who are allergic to shellfish are also allergic to eating bugs?
  8. weegrannymush

    weegrannymush Monkey+

    Oh lordy, I can see into the future, I know what is coming next....a Cookbook for bugs, including Slow Cooker recipes, no doubt. Well, as a (mostly) vegetarian, that's one cookbook I can turn my back on, thank goodness. If and when it happens. I bet some of you guys could come up with some interesting ideas for recipes. How about Grasshopper Goulash, Centipede Casserole, Gnats au Gratin, Monarch Caterpillars with Boll Weevil Dumplings. You know our motto about Preparing Now and Not Waiting for TSTHTF. Yuk and ugh.
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  9. dragonfly

    dragonfly Monkey+++

    The problem with shellfish "generally speaking", is the amount of iodine they contain...Anyone with a thyroid condition can testify to that!
  10. Seawolf1090

    Seawolf1090 Retired Curmudgeonly IT Monkey Founding Member

    "The only good bug is a dead bug!" [stirpot]
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  11. Dusty308

    Dusty308 Living between the lines

    If I'm hungry enough sure.....
  12. Seacowboys

    Seacowboys Senior Member Founding Member

    I actually got a cook book for bugs for a Christmas gift a few years back. Most reciepes were for Meal Worms, Bees and Bee larvae, Grasshoppers, Ants. Most were baked in one manner or another and many crumbled and used as filler or seasoning; Pass the bug shaker, please?
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  13. ditch witch

    ditch witch I do stupid crap, so you don't have to

    I had some in Hong Kong. Fried scorpions on a stick, and some grasshoppers. Can't say I was particularly impressed. Better than starving though...

    Have to draw the line at cave spiders though. I would not do well on Fear Factor.
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  14. weegrannymush

    weegrannymush Monkey+

    Well, when I started Prepping, I didn't realize that I would have to take Bugging out etc., literally! That Cookbook, yikes, doubt the author had to test all those recipes personally, my blood runs cold.

    I recall my young Uncle Sonny, who was captured at the age of 18 at Dunkirk during WWII and spent the rest of the war in a prisoner-of-war camp in Germany. When he returned at the end of the war, he told us stories about the hardships and he said that there was not a rat, cat or mouse left anywhere inside the camp (he didn't say anything about eating bugs though)! They were reduced to eating bark from trees and even grass (with dire consequences). Turned out, when they were rescued and the camp was investigated by the troops, storage sheds were found, full of Red Cross parcels which the Germans had stored rather than give them to the men. Such cruelty. Sadly, he died three weeks after returning home from his ordeal....he got pneumonia and in his weakened state, could not overcome it.

    So you see the kinds of things we are all headed for when the food supply runs out.....well, maybe the bugs aren't looking so bad to me after all!

    Seacowboy: Did you try any of the recipes in your book? Maybe you should our tester and if you like them (yeah, sure!) we will all buy a copy!
  15. Jeff Brackett

    Jeff Brackett Monkey+++

    I took a survival course when I was in college. For our mid-term we were allowed to bring a coffee can, a knife, and since a cold front was moving in - a plastic tarp into the woods. We were separated and left for the weekend. During that weekend, I learned to appreciate parboiled violets with a healthy sprinkling of earthworms for protien. I won't say it didn't send a shiver down my gullet, but that "stew" helped keep me going over a pretty nasty weekend.
  16. Pax Mentis

    Pax Mentis Philosopher King |RIP 11-4-2017

    Did it in SEE School in the army 40 or so years ago.
  17. flyboy207

    flyboy207 Monkey+

    not bad make sure that you remove the wings and legs before you swallow them. they have a tendacy to crawl back up.
  18. mysterymet

    mysterymet Monkey+++

    I have one thing to say about the cook book. Oh HELL NO! I would have to have eaten all of the pets and maybe a few of the neighbors first. Soylent Green anyone?
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  19. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama Monkey++

    Most people are full of chit, cant and wont eat em
  20. -06

    -06 Monkey+++

    Fishing worms (earthworms) are great--well kinda. I grab one end and squeeze the chit out the other end, toss onto a hot rock, and wahla--filet mignon.
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