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Old 02-05-2009, 12:52 PM   #11
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More than a smattering isn't normal, so whether to use it or buy some new cornmeal depends on your tolerance level
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Old 02-05-2009, 12:53 PM   #12
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Yes, there's a lot. Some are bigger than others. I'm guessing I'm going to toss it. :(
Dump the meal out of the bag or whatever onto a cookie sheet - If you have any weevils you will see them move -- If you see no movement then chances are you are seeing what I have already described above. However if you feel uncomfortable about the meal...just toss and replace it with a fresh bag --- It's what now? less than $3.
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Old 02-05-2009, 12:57 PM   #13
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According to Andrew Zimmern weevils are a great protein source!
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Old 02-05-2009, 01:05 PM   #14
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According to Andrew Zimmern weevils are a great protein source!
Yeah, but they lose some of their crunchiness when cooked...
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Old 02-05-2009, 01:14 PM   #15
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If the dark things are different in size and shape from the yellow stuff, it ain't corn! Dump it.
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Old 02-05-2009, 03:02 PM   #16
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If the dark things are different in size and shape from the yellow stuff, it ain't corn! Dump it.
Exactly!
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Old 02-05-2009, 03:17 PM   #17
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"When in doubt, throw it out!"
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Old 02-06-2009, 01:26 PM   #18
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I went to the County Fair a while back and there was a bug guy there that told us that we eat hundereds of bug parts every year. Here is an interesting link and cornmeal is listed.

University of Kentucky Entomology: Mystery Bugs
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A few dark specs in commercial cornmeal is normal -- They come from the "hilar" on the corn kernel which connects the germ to the rest of the kernel. It also connects the kernel to the cob....They are harmless! In stone ground meal they are more numerous.
Check out your Fritos, and Doritios which are made from whole grain corn...You will think they added black pepper to them....

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Thanks UB, now I can make some shrimps and polenta with no fear of little critters meeting their end!!
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Listen to Uncle Bob - he gave you the right answer.
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