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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

9 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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Weissensteinburgcaitlinsdad

Reply 9 years ago

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

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Goodhartcaitlinsdad

Reply 9 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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caitlinsdadGoodhart

Reply 9 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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Goodhartcaitlinsdad

Reply 9 years ago

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

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Lftndbt

9 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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GoodhartLftndbt

Reply 9 years ago

Hmmm, sounds like this would make a good stir fry

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Spaceman SpiffLftndbt

Reply 9 years ago

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

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Goodhartlemonie

Reply 9 years ago

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

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Goodhart

9 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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LftndbtGoodhart

Reply 9 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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GoodhartLftndbt

Reply 9 years ago

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

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jessyratfink

9 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

9 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

9 years ago

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

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GoodhartKentsOkay

Reply 9 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...