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Old 07-27-2006, 06:11 AM   #21
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Originally Posted by Essie
Soak the fresh broccoli in cold salted water. The creatures will float to the top.
That is what we broccoli raisers do. And we don't have any problems with worms floating in our sauces.

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Old 07-27-2006, 07:18 AM   #22
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Essie is right about the soaking. Then when cutting up the broc, check it over. Just about all veggies have sosme kind of critter on them.

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Old 07-27-2006, 08:01 AM   #23
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I am not an overly squeamish person--I raise an organic garden, I kill a chicken now and then, and I pick the earworms off my corn and chow down. However, I cannot eat broccoli with worms. I never get them all, and some worm or piece of worm will find its way into my sight.

I have soaked. In salt water, and in vinegar water, and it is just not thorough enough for me. I think the little worms have little webs that keep them in place even after they die, so they don't all float to the top, not until the steaming dislodges them.

If I can't use the Dipel, no broccoli in my garden. Dipel (AKA Thuricide, Caterpillar Killer, or bT) is safe for human consumption. It shouldn't be broadcast over the whole garden, because it can harm butterfly larva, but it is not considered harmful even by the most organic of organic farmers.

There will also be no cabbage, no brussel sprouts, no kohlrabi, either, because the worms eat them to death. The worms are easier to pick off of those crops, but I really have nothing left when they get done.
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Old 07-27-2006, 08:36 AM   #24
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Sorry Bucky. Some people are cut out for killing, plucking, deworming, etc., and some are not. Everyone has something that makes them squeamish. God bless the people who can do that, along with the nurses and doctors and vets of the world, and the sanitation workers too. I just can't do it. Maybe we owe it to ourselves to do this stuff, but it's not for me. I grow tomatoes and herbs, and I flower garden (but you don't eat the flowers).

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Old 07-27-2006, 08:38 AM   #25
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I grow all my flowers/herbs/veggies organically, including broccoli & brussel sprouts - both of which are small-insect magnets.

During the growing season I dust everything in the brassica family with "Bt", which, as others have stated, is actually a natural bacteria that the caterpillars ingest, causing them to cease eating & literally starve to death. "Bt" is pretty easy to find in garden centers, larger hardware stores, & online, & while normally comes in the form of a dust, is now available in a liquid spray as well.

When harvest time for heading brassicas like broccoli & brussel sprouts comes around, these veggies get soaked for about 30 minutes or so in a large bowl of cold water with both a handful of salt & a goodly dollop of white vinegar added. Veggies are rinsed & the process is repeated. Any "visitors" quickly vacate the premises, & the vegetables don't retain any salt or vinegar flavor.

While this may sound like a bit of work, I think the flavor & texture of home-grown broccoli & brussel sprouts is worth it. Much better than store-bought & fun to grow.
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Old 07-27-2006, 09:01 AM   #26
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Originally Posted by unmuzzleme
*shudders* Even if I know it's somewhat irrational, the thought of worms in my food grosses me out!
Then be sure you don't eat any canned creamed corn. I knew a lady that worked in a canning factory, and she said worms and all go in.
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Old 07-27-2006, 11:38 AM   #27
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OMG, I feel myself becoming anorexic as I type.

I'm only drinking from now on....
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Old 07-27-2006, 12:44 PM   #28
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You know my raspberries and tay berries have lil slugs on them grosses me out completly!!

Im all for friendly sprays lol cause i get sick at the thought of insects

you must be careful with the word organic as well.. did you know to be considered organic it must be chemical free for i think 5 or 10 years and not everyone can guarentee that!
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Old 07-27-2006, 12:51 PM   #29
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As bad as it is to find a worm in your broccoli, it's much worse to find half a worm!

I couldn't resist bringing up that oldie.
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Old 07-27-2006, 02:00 PM   #30
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Luckiily I don't have to worry much about the "organic" issue, as our property, which we bought 10 years ago, hadn't been in use for over 50 years, & even then was just used to graze cattle. Prior to that it was part of a huge plantation - in fact, good old George Washington was one of the original property surveyors. There are a number of old slave cabins still in existence on land in the immediate area, & while gardening I'm always coming across rusty old implements &/or old Indian arrowheads.

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