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Eating ants? Answered

This is a topic with a special thanks to goodhart. What is the best way to prepare and eat ants, or other insects and in what manner?

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caitlinsdad
caitlinsdad

11 years ago

I guess au jus but that is when they hit you in the mouth while riding. I think chocolate covered might be good. Dry roasting is probably the better choice if you like little crunchy bits.

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Weissensteinburg
Weissensteinburg

Reply 11 years ago

Chocolate covered is what I was going to suggest.

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caitlinsdad
caitlinsdad

Reply 11 years ago

Nothing says "I Love You" better than a box of chocolate covered heartworms?

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Weissensteinburg
Weissensteinburg

Reply 11 years ago

Speaking of which, I need to give Buck his flea/tick and heart worm medicine...

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caitlinsdad
caitlinsdad

Reply 11 years ago

I would recommend this...been around for a while, tried and true...

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 11 years ago

Um, if ants are hitting you in the mouth while you are riding.....you must be really low ridin' for sure LOL

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caitlinsdad
caitlinsdad

Reply 11 years ago

And snails, kinda like bugs, and they have the red-glo triangle hanging off the back for slow movers.

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 11 years ago

well, like octopus beaks, that can be removed before cooking LOL

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Lftndbt
Lftndbt

11 years ago

Lftndbt's Hot & Spicey Ants''

Ingredients-

Ants- 1/2 Cup. GE free preferably. Species, of your own choice. I recommend the Australia sugar ant.
Rice- 1/2 Cup.
Onion- 1 Large.
Challots.
Chilli flakes- 1 Teaspoon.
Sweet chilli sauce- 1 Table spoon.
Garlic- 1/4 clove.
Salt.
Pepper.

Add rice to boiling water.
Take a pan, brown off onion slices with the challots and garlic.

Add ants to the hot pan, then the sweet chilli sauce. Use as much chilli as you prefer. Ensure the ants get a liberal coating.
Mix ingredients in the pan regularly, as the ants tend to stick and burn quickly.

You want the ants to have a nice charred effect, yet you do not want to burn them. Charcoal ant does not taste good.
You will find the abdomen is filled with a small amount of liquid. The ants may "pop" whilst cooking, this is normal, the juices will add flavor to the dish.

The ants are done when they have a nice golden brown hue to them, try one to see. They should be firm to bite, yet full of moisture.

Add salt and pepper to taste.

Serve on a bed of rice that has been garnished, with a small amount of the chilli flakes. This adds a nice touch to the dish.

Serve hot, with a good red wine of your own choice.

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 11 years ago

Hmmm, sounds like this would make a good stir fry

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Spaceman Spiff
Spaceman Spiff

Reply 11 years ago

Nothing beats a juicy ant! I serve this up for a romantic dinner w/ the wifey!

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 11 years ago

Well, isn't that just the bee's knees ;-)

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Goodhart
Goodhart

11 years ago

I prefer to avoid anything that resembles a maggot in any way, but ants n grasshoppers or ok (fried grasshoppers, yum).

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Lftndbt
Lftndbt

Reply 11 years ago

Oh! I saw the funniest clip on blue vein cheese the other night. It was of some (Irish?) folk discussing finding the odd maggot in the cheese and how they don't mind a good maggot on occasion, adds to the flavor apparently. One of the chaps was a bit disgusted because he only occasionally ate an odd maggot, whereas his friend LOVED maggots in his cheese. I believe his comment was along the lines of " Ohhhh!!! maggots I love me Maggots, nothin' like a good maggot in ye cheese. I eat em all, I love it when it's mostly maggots, half cheese, half maggots. Mmmmmm Maggots" It was hilarious!! They were very serious too.

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 11 years ago

Almost sounds like that could have been a Monty Python sketch LOL

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jessyratfink
jessyratfink

11 years ago

I always ate ants raw as a child. Most other bugs seem to do just fine being pan fried, though. :)

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skunkbait
skunkbait

11 years ago

My kids roast ants. I used to eat them live. There are very different varieties. Ranging from a 'sour grape' taste to almost tasteless to hot-bitter. An interesting way, if you can find the 'sour grape' variety, is to mash them in water, ad sugar or honey and drink the juice. Beetles are best fried IMO. My kids eat grasshoppers live, but I prefer roasted. Some caterpillers are good roasted, but be careful, as some are poisonous.

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KentsOkay
KentsOkay

11 years ago

Pan fried. Or raw and wriggly. Meal worms taste like pecans that move.

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 11 years ago

After a particular Star Trek episode....I think I will pass on the meal worms....LOL But ants aren't too bad....a bit on the sour side though...

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XOIIO
XOIIO

Reply 11 years ago

Really? Cool!