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Old 05-12-2014, 10:07 PM   #21
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Real Texans don't eat insects....
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Old 05-12-2014, 10:09 PM   #22
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Gastronomically speaking, this flies in the face of reason.
So that’s a pass on the,
Squishylishous High Protein Green Smoothie w/succulent young bamboo shoots?
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This may lead to an entirely new category of Texas Chili.

I wonder what kind of language the Food Network judging panels would use. Bet the term "comfort food" won't be in the top ten descriptive words.
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This may lead to an entirely new category of Texas Chili.

I wonder what kind of language the Food Network judging panels would use. Bet the term "comfort food" won't be in the top ten descriptive words.
Actually y'all (or we all cause I've been scared to ask too) might not be wantin' ta know what's in some of that thar championship cookoff chili...

Chili it’s what's for lunch today, this batch is grass fed Chiangus steer and Pendery’s New Mexico light. Lightly browned meat then Sous Vide the Chili at 133° to maintain medium rare before vacuum sealing in Ball pint jars. Since retiring I eat less but make big batches for later use. Sorry no small critters in the chili. I may be living in Washington now, but my UPS driver is kind enough to drop off imported chili powder an such from back home.
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Real Texans don't eat insects....

... and insects don't eat Texans.

We all better learn to eat anything and everything. 1 billion people are added to world population every 10 yeas or so. Feeding all of them would not be easy.
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... and insects don't eat Texans.
But they do, and some are larger critters such as venomous snakes and alligators, etc...

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Texas is infested with scorpions, rattlesnakes, fire ants, crazy raspberry ants, cockroaches on steroids, killer bees, mosquitoes, ticks, chiggers, tarantulas, brown recluse spiders, love bugs, swarming crickets, copperheads, cottonmouths, rabid skunks, wild hogs, alligators,...
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When I went to the Navy's survival school, I learned that you can eat anything that walks, crawls, swims or flies -- and when you get hungry enough, you will.
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The Air Force taught me the same lesson during survival training. It was a bit surprising, but as Cervantes pointed out, "La mejor salsa del mundo es la hambre." (Hunger is the best sauce in the world.)

I still remember the impression made on us the first day when the instructor reached down to the grass and showed us how to eat a grasshopper. Pull off the head and legs, then pop it in your mouth and chew.
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Grasshopper tastes really good if it is cooked on pan until its crispy outside. When I was a child growing up in a poor country side, we caught them for snacking.
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I've never eaten a meal of insects, but honestly I don't think that eating some insects would be all that different from eating snails or crayfish (don't people call them mudbugs? yet they're delicious). It would all depend on the preparation.
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I've never eaten a meal of insects, but honestly I don't think that eating some insects would be all that different from eating snails or crayfish (don't people call them mudbugs? yet they're delicious). It would all depend on the preparation.
An interesting article about the Lord Howe Island Stick Insect, known also as the "tree lobster".

Six-Legged Giant Finds Secret Hideaway, Hides For 80 Years : Krulwich Wonders... : NPR
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I watched a Bizarre Foods episode in which a Vietnamese woman made a good living selling fried tarantulas. She first dry fried them to burn off the fur then seasoned them and stir fried them. He said they tasted exactly like lobster. She sold out every single day.

There is an award winning children's book called Beetles Lightly Toasted, that addresses this topic.

But flies? They're all legs and wings. Ugh! I guess it is in the preparation...
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But flies? They're all legs and wings. Ugh! I guess it is in the preparation...
Buffalo wings and drumsticks? Sounds tasty. There is an amazing potential for new branding opportunities here.
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Another of my fond memories was during our trip to China in 1990. I don't remember which city it was in, but we were served a big platter of deep fried scorpions on a bed of rice. They said it was a local specialty.

Quite tasty, actually. As I recall, only about ten percent of our group was willing to try them, but I dug in!
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Insects eaten un dirt poor countries because that's what's available.
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Clear some countertop room for this handy appliance!
Farm 432: The handy kitchen appliance that breeds fly larva for protein






More "it's coming" info
"Before we could focus on human food, we should first see that it works for animals. Then the step to human nutrition will be easier."
Proteins from fast-growing insects have many advantages, but we need a better knowledge of the sources
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Farm 432: The handy kitchen appliance that breeds fly larva for protein
The price of hamburger is going to have to get a lot higher before DW will clear any space for this.
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When I went to the Navy's survival school, I learned that you can eat anything that walks, crawls, swims or flies -- and when you get hungry enough, you will.
And that's exactly when I'll start eating bugs...
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Buffalo wings and drumsticks? Sounds tasty. There is an amazing potential for new branding opportunities here.
No! No flies. Larvae or maggots, as the previously mentioned articles described in earlier posts.

FLIES -> Legs. Wings. Big eyes. Nasty juice (as seen from the ones you smash with a fly swatter). Probably bitter.

MAGGOTS -> Wingless. Boneless. Skinless. Pure white protein. Taste like chicken.

So, repeat after me. Flies, NO! Maggots, YES!
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So, repeat after me. Flies, NO! Maggots, YES!
One maggot Relleno, please!
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So, repeat after me. Flies, NO! Maggots, YES!
You're going to have to pull one of those rebranding jobs on maggots:

prunes - dried plums
dolphin fish -> mahi-mahi
maggots -> ...

the other-other white meat
insecilicious meat
grubchops
land-lobster
tilapigrub
WonderProtein™

other ideas?

Wow, I checked the thesaurus for related words to maggots and you have a huge rebranding job ahead of you:

abhorred
abhorrent
accursed
atrocious
awful
despicable
disgusting
execrable
godawful
grody
gross
hateable
hateful
heinous
horrid
lousy
low-down
maggot
monstrous
obnoxious
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offensive
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repulsive
revolting
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