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Old 01-11-2009, 05:56 PM   #1
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yuck, yuck, YUCK!!






So, I went grocery shopping a couple days ago. I bought a big container of Quaker Oats, just like I always do every month. When I was putting my food away, I noticed in the back of my cubbard was another big container (I assumed was just leftover from last month) I popped open the lid, saw there was maybe a cup or so left, and poured it in with my new stuff........ and then I saw, what looked like, a baby catapiller crawling around in the oatmeal i'd just poured out......

I freaked out a little, and quickly poured about half of my new oatmeal into the trash, along with the catapiller thing.....

First of all, is my new oatmeal still okay to eat? I believe what oatmeal is left, was at the bottom and never touched the old oatmeal.

Second question, is why was there a bug in my oatmeal!?!?

And lastly, what can I do to keep bugs out of my foods!!?


In a post from 2005, Barbara L said this:

" I do know (from everything I have read) that any grains, flours, etc. come with bugs. Most don't hatch and become a problem for awhile. For this reason, I keep all those things in the freezer. It will kill them off. Whenever you bring grains or flour home, put it in the freezer for at least 24 hours. This is what I was told, and it seems to work. If you have a large freezer, like I do, you can store them in there. Just bring your flour to room temperature before using it. "

Does anyone know if that really helps prevent them? I have a big freezer, so doing this won't be a problem.....

Thanks in advance.......

-Crissy

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Old 01-11-2009, 06:36 PM   #2
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Relax. It's good protein, and it probably won't hurt you once it's cooked.

Seriously, certain types of bugs are common in all sorts of grains, cereals, and flours. Best way to keep them out is to transfer the contents of the box or bag to an air-tight plastic container, such as Lock-'n-Lock, as soon as you get it home. However, if the bug or the bug egg is in the package when you buy it, even that won't help, although it will prevent the bugs from spreading to other items. Freezing will help prevent the eggs from hatching, and should kill most bugs that have already hatched.
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Old 01-11-2009, 06:51 PM   #3
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I don't put any dry goods in my freezers. I just don't have enough room in them. However I do transfer everything to glass jars and put a bay leave in everything.
I was told to do that with my flour, so I do it with everything dry.
I don't know if helps, but in 33 years, I've never had bugs.
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Old 01-11-2009, 07:41 PM   #4
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I think you just through away some perfectly good oatmeal.

I've heard people say you should freeze it but I've heard others say you shouldn't; in short, I think it's just something that might give a us a little peace of mind, and if that does for your, go for it, but don't get too freaked out by something living in your food -- it won't be alive after you cook it. Besides, we've all been eating small bugs in our grains and processed foods as long as their have been grains and processed foods.

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Old 01-11-2009, 10:25 PM   #5
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If only I had known when I clicked on this thread!

This is a subject I really seriously put lots of effort into not thinking about ever! If I did there is probably not much I would eat again!

Seriously I have no problem eating the stuff knowing there are probably 'things' in there, but once they actually show up and I can see em.. I woulda chucked the entire container.... am I squeamish much? Yes!!
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Old 01-11-2009, 10:32 PM   #6
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keep mine in a sealed tin or tight lidded glass jar.
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Old 01-11-2009, 10:45 PM   #7
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Uhg... gross.


Maverick, if I hadn't JUST bought that new container, I probably would have...


This has reminded me of when I found tiny brown, miniature moth looking bugs, in my moms flour when I was little... I've never had that happen to me (YET!) but I go through alot of flour.

What else grows bugs that I should be cautious of???

Rice? I just buy minute rice in the box... I open the little corner, thing to pour it out, then just stick it back in the cabinet..

I go through alot of sugar too, so I don't think that should be a problem...

Honestly... I suppose the 'bug eggs' don't really bother me much...I guess... but if there's something crawlin or movin in my food it's gettin a date with my trash can... immediatly...

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Old 01-11-2009, 10:52 PM   #8
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Cook it and use it up fast and don't look back or look twice.... that's my motto!! LOL
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Old 01-11-2009, 11:01 PM   #9
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...I'll try...
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Old 01-11-2009, 11:15 PM   #10
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ya want buggy food yuk?

about a year after i had gotten my first apartment, i got up in the middle of the night with the munchies, craving cereal.

without turning on the kitchen light (it wakes up the birds), i found a box of raisin bran in the cupboard and poured a bowl with some milk. i went into the living room and turned on the tv, wolfing down a few spoonfuls along the way.
another mouthful later, i remember thinking, why is my raisin bran doing that snap crackle pop thing. and why does it taste funny?

as the glow of the tv lit up the room, i looked down to find my raisin bran was crawling with mealy bugs. a whole bowl of milk soaked creepy crawlies, like right out of a horror movie!

let's just say i watch what i eat now, in more ways than one.

with the lights on.
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