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What would you do?

You have company and are making a traditional dinner from scratch. In this case the dinner is Hungarian. Homemade rye bread and galuska cut by hand are ready to go. Six really nice pork chops were seared perfectly and are simmering away in a paprika enriched sauce. It is getting near to dinner time and you taste the sauce and decide it needs a bit more paprika. That's when you notice that the paprika you used has little webs in it, the sign of a moth infestation. Do you dump out the whole dinner and order a pizza? Or... Do you serve it anyway, after all, lots of people in other parts of the world eat worms and larvae?

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    1. If it tastes fine, then serve it. If there's anything that went in there alive, it certainly won't be after cooking. And DON'T TELL :)

      1. I think I'd serve it. According to this link they won't make anybody sick.


        As c oliver suggests DON'T TELL and make sure these friends don't know you post on this site!

        Lesson learned. Always make sure you have fresh spices before you start cooking.

        1. I wouldn't serve it. Though I am not a stickler for etiquette, serving bugs unannounced to my guests goes against my responsibilities as a host and (dare I say this in fear that I will get flamed?) even seems a bit disrespectful to those eating at my home. I'd save the dish for later, and try to whip up something quick or order in good takeout.

          1. The dishonest/sneaky part of me says...serve and don't tell, but the part of me that I know bothers my conscience says...trash it. Be honest with your guests and suggest pizza or chinese delivery.
            Trust your conscience

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            1. re: billieboy

              I've been a victim of the paprika bugs too ... experience has taught me to ALWAYS check the can before using it. Keeping it in the fridge might help. In the above situation I would assess my guests' level of squeamishness, and serve accordingly, after tasting it of course.

            2. Springhaze2,

              What did you end up doing?

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              1. re: Axalady

                Since my guests were all family and would love me even if they found out...I served it and never said a word. Besides the paprika wasn't crawling with bugs..I only saw some webs. And it was a new can.

                1. re: Springhaze2

                  Heh, good for you. I would have totally served it. Not like the bugs would still be alive or harmful, plus there couldn't have been *that* many in the sauce.

                  1. re: Springhaze2

                    Good. It would have been a shame to toss it out.

                2. Dump it. And check for more webs in your pantry or cabinets. They're tough to get rid of.

                  1. Increase your liability insurance limit and serve it.

                    1. Glad to hear that most people agree with my decision. :) It really was a delicious dinner. I think the infestation came in the can of paprika. It was a new can. But I still need to check everything else in the cabinet, but I am waiting my daughter to return to college. I don't want her questioning what I am doing. It's hard enough to get her to eat anything containing meat, her head might explode if she heard that she also consumed some added protein.

                      Funny I remember my Home Ec.teacher in high school teaching us to sift the weavels (little black bugs) out of the flour. Of course that was a long time ago...can you imagine that happening in a public school today? The parents would freak.

                      1. I've had such a problem with this that I keep anything likely to get bugs - flour, paprika, pasta, rice, etc. - goes in an airtight container. Always check before you use! If I were you, I'd have tried to score more paprika, but might've used it ... depends ...

                        1. I have a friend who always shakes a little bit of any spice or herb onto the counter and watches it for a few seconds to see if anything starts moving.