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Weevils in my lentils!!

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caramella Apr 27, 2007 01:54 PM

So I just made a pot of lentils (toor dal, to be specific). Although I washed them really really well before cooking, I noticed some tiny dark floating things on top when they were done, and some tiny worm-like things too (larvae? gross). I skimmed the bugs off, but am a bit grossed out to eat the cooked lentils.

Should I eat them? The bugs were fruit-fly-sized and there were maybe a total of 12 in a big pot of dal.

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    caramella Apr 27, 2007 03:46 PM

    My quandary was kind of a philosophical/moral one. I know it won't actually hurt me to eat the (few, tiny) cooked bugs, and if I didn't KNOW they were there, I'd never notice or care. I mean, who knows what's in the stuff we eat in restaurants? Is it really over-reacting to throw out perfectly good food because you saw something in it that grosses you out but that you know won't hurt you? And, what's more, I think it's pretty common to have this happen with grains and pulses and such and it will surely happen again.

    I'm inclined to bail on this batch and take the excellent advice to freeze future dal purchases and then sift them before consumption.

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    1. re: caramella
      pikawicca Apr 27, 2007 04:53 PM

      I think it depends on what's available: if you can get clean products, you certainly should. If you can't, you have to make do. For me, the issue is "what does insect infestation indicate?" The answer is, usually, an indifference to product quality/integrity. If you have a choice, go for clean.

    2. pikawicca Apr 27, 2007 03:35 PM

      I lived in Saudi Arabia for three years, where we would buy our (Gold Medal) flour in sealed 5-pound tins. Every so often, we'd open a tin and it would be swarming with larvae of some kind. We'd just sift them out and proceed as usual. There were also times when we'd buy pieces of beef that had flies swarming on them. This happened with fish as well. We just cooked the hell out of everything and kept our fingers crossed. We never got sick, but I'm a bit more particular back in the USA. I say throw the buggers out.

      1. lollya Apr 27, 2007 02:21 PM

        fyi
        i found these in my flour and after throwing that out and thinking i was all good, they spread throughout my entire apartment. i had to throw EVERYTHING out (foodwise) even spices and close boxed food. Go search!!!! Save your food! Good Luck!

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        1. re: lollya
          Becca Porter Apr 27, 2007 03:30 PM

          I put all my rice, grains, beans, etc. in the freezer for at least three days after I buy them. This kills any eggs before they hatch. Then I pretend that none of them ever might have had eggs, because thats gross too. It really is just a fact of life.

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          nycgirl Apr 27, 2007 02:20 PM

          let us know what you decide so we can determine whether or not to ever eat at your house :)

          1. DanaB Apr 27, 2007 01:57 PM

            Eating it won't hurt you, if that's what you are concerned about. Just think of the bugs as a little added protein ;-)

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              LuvLobster Apr 27, 2007 01:55 PM

              If you are looking for an opinion - I wouldn't eat it! Yuck!

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