Snails and beetle

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  1. Corzhens

    Corzhens Master Survivalist
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    I'm not wishing to do eat these but I have learned from the rural folks that they usually eat snails and beetle when money does not arrive. The snails are cooked in coconut milk and added are vegetables to enhance the flavor. With beetle, it is fried and eaten together with chili and some herbs, again, to enhance the taste.

    Snails thrive in wet places like river, stream, lake or even pond. Makeshift fish ponds have lots of snails. So gathering snails is not much of a problem if the area has some wet places. With beetle, they are normally in the trees. One of the best ways to gather beetle is to make a fire to create smoke that would make the beetle get down on the ground. That would be easy to gather then. However, in times of calamity, I don't think there would be the convenience of cooking especially if you do not have the utensils and other ingredients. With the snails, they have to be broiled in open fire and eaten just like that. How about beetle? It can be boiled using bamboo cylinder with a little water and salt.
     
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    Well, If those critters are easily found and gatherer then is not a bad idea at all. S0me asian countries like in Thailand have not qualms in adding a wide variety of insects, snails and even worms to the everyday diet. Mealworms and Superworms (beetle larvae stage) are also another edible source of food available in tropical areas.
     
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    I am not that adventurous. However, if things get as bad as they were during the 1930's I would eat what I had to eat to survive. And I would never have thought of cooking snails in coconut milk. Thank you for sharing this information with us.
     
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  4. John Snort

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    Beetles can be eaten raw. According to those who've tasted them, they are very much like bacon fat while worms taste like crispy chicken skin when fried. I can't vouch for the veracity of those statements but if you have to eat insects, grubs, worms, snails, rats, don't hesitate, others have eaten them and they like their taste.
     
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    This is very true. Most insects are eaten as delicacies all over the world. Yet not in raw form, they are usually mixed in with some other type of organic food to disguise the taste. In general, insects are a great source of protein if you ever find yourself in a desperate survival situation.
     
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    I don't think that I can eat snails. I have never tried that. I have eaten crickets before. You can easily cook them since you only need to fry them on a pan using cooking oil. Termites are also good for ones health. They are rich in proteins. If you can not vomit, then know that most insects are edible.
     
  7. judyd1

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    I would think that earthworms would also be a good source of protein, easily chopped into a meat paste and then embellish with spices or just ketchup if you like a burger with ketchup. Maybe run the paste through a meat grinder. Hey, we have no problem eating baby cows (veal) and baby sheep (spring lamb) or baby pigs (suckling pig) and those critters all have faces and personalities. So what's up with a little squeamishness at eating certain live things that crawl and not walk?

    Human beings have eaten a lot worse than spiders, snails, grub worms and snakes. Blood sausage to name one. But if you want to see a few more, check this out:
    http://www.cracked.com/article_20709_9-horrifying-foods-you-wont-believe-people-actually-eat.html
     
  8. joshposh

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    I have no problems eating snails and beetle as long as it is prepared right. Cooking it would be good, and some spice. Swallowing them whole is hard enough when it's raw and still moving, so cooking is first and foremost.
     
  9. remnant

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    The snails available in my zone in the East African highlands are slugs which are slimy and not edible. There are plenty of crickets and white ants which some people have begun rearing.
     
  10. GrizzlyetteAdams

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    Some words of caution:

    Do NOT eat raw snails or slugs, if at all possible. They are known for carrying parasites that cause serious diseases in humans.

    Even the slime trail from snails and slugs can carry disease organisms, so wash your salad greens and wild foraged veggies well before eating them.

    One of the worst parasitic offenders is the "brain worm" aka rat lungworm which is prevalent around the world--including the USA in recent years.

    https://www.livescience.com/63246-rat-lungworm-us.html

    https://www.theatlantic.com/health/...alization-brings-brain-invading-worms/522153/
     
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    1. Ystranc
      This thread was before my time but it just shows how much we need to post the correct information. Thank you GA for clarifying the need to cook Arthropoda and gastropods.
       
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  11. poltiregist

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    Maybe that's what is wrong with people , they have already gotten a head full of brain worms .
     
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    there is something wrong with them that's for sure.
     
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