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Produce at the market
by Janice VanCleave
on July 20, 2019 at 10:41 AM
I love this article. While I do not purposely catch insects and eat them, I do not discard meals that have critters. In fact, as a science instructor and writer, I sift old bags of cornmeal and look for the different stages of insect metamorphosis. The mummy looking pupae stage is actually very cool looking! To prevent the growth and reproduction of critters in meals, store them in the freezer or refrigerator. This is where I keep my flour and cornmeal--unless I need the bugs for a science investigation. Don't worry about those bugs. Sift the flour or cornmeal to remove visible adults, and forget about what you can't see. There is no way to remove insect eggs from packaged grains. They do add protein to your foods.
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