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2013-05-12 04:05:09 AM
Opps wrong thread.
 
2013-05-12 04:11:41 AM

tinfoil-hat maggie: Opps wrong thread.


Lulz. Farking bug-eating fascist theocrats.
 
2013-05-12 04:12:42 AM

ISO15693: It's been done.


Cicadas are not locusts; locusts are not cicadas.
 
2013-05-12 04:13:47 AM

tinfoil-hat maggie: Hell ya a fascist theocracy, crossfire is of the air but we have lots of people now trying to enforce one.


I, for one, welcome my molting and mating overlords.
 
2013-05-12 04:24:29 AM
It's summer! And time for the brood
To serve as quite plentiful food
Just round up a bunch,
Then joyfully munch-
That's what I call "mmm, mmm good"!
 
2013-05-12 04:27:46 AM

tinfoil-hat maggie: Opps wrong thread.


Meh...pretty sure there's no such thing at this ungodly hour...
 
2013-05-12 04:31:46 AM

DigitalCoffee: tinfoil-hat maggie: Hell ya a fascist theocracy, crossfire is of the air but we have lots of people now trying to enforce one.

I, for one, welcome my molting and mating overlords.


I swear it made sense in the thread I was posting, well at the time : )
 
2013-05-12 04:38:38 AM

dyhchong: Can you peel them?

If not, no thanks. I also don't chew on chicken bones, I eat around them.


Dude. You're missing the best bits. Knaw on the joint cartilage. Break dem bones open with your teeth and feast on the marrow. The flesh of the bird is only one course. The thigh bones are the juiciest source of bone marrow.
 
2013-05-12 04:46:52 AM
If you catch them just after that emerge from their last larval molt, they will not be crunchy. They are also basically de-veined as insects shed their foregut and hindgut when they molt. Grab them while they are wire and soft. If you collect a bunch they can be frozen for future use.

They are good in spaghetti sauce or done alfredo with pasta. Doing them in tempura batter is also choice. Any way shrimp can be prepared is good for cicadas.

/why, yes, I am an entomologist
 
2013-05-12 04:48:02 AM

a_room_with_a_moose: If you catch them just after that emerge from their last larval molt, they will not be crunchy. They are also basically de-veined as insects shed their foregut and hindgut when they molt. Grab them while they are wire and soft. If you collect a bunch they can be frozen for future use.

They are good in spaghetti sauce or done alfredo with pasta. Doing them in tempura batter is also choice. Any way shrimp can be prepared is good for cicadas.

/why, yes, I am an entomologist


wire=white

Auto-correct pwn
 
2013-05-12 04:52:04 AM

Bender The Offender: Lsherm: Back in the 80's we ate them deep fried when they came out.  They weren't unpleasant tasting - sort of sweet with a nice crunch.  Definitely worth trying at least once.

1979, 1996, 2013. Math is fundamental. I'm not going to let you trick me into eating bugs with your lies.


I'll just mention again something my sister told me - some restaurant in Indiana had them as appetizers last time around. Her friend who is allergic to shell-fish got some, and apparently found out he was allergic to the cicadas as well. Obviously I'm no doctor/scientist whatever, just recounting a third hand tale, but if you have food allergies, I'd be careful about ordering them without Benadryl on hand or whatever.
 
2013-05-12 04:56:20 AM

miss diminutive: tinfoil-hat maggie: miss diminutive: tinfoil-hat maggie: miss diminutive: Bleh, I think I'll pass.

I'm with you, I just have a feeling it would be a texture thing, as in their icky in'erds.

Yeah, just the thought of the crunch when biting into them is enough to turn me off.

Heh, yeah I'll stick with m&m's.

They cover all the important food groups anyway. Chocolate, nuts, ummmm..

.food dyes...


Guess where some of those food dyes come from? Insects.
 
2013-05-12 05:02:00 AM
Snap... snap... Snappy Cicada pizza .

would post links to the 1987 Cincinnati commercials, but i am on my phone
 
2013-05-12 05:59:31 AM

Apos: I've noshed on winged ants, crickets and the occasional grasshopper, but I've never tried cicadas. I'll have to rectify that immediately.


Hey, man, whatever you're into, but you've gotta promise to post the x-ray pics from the ER visit afterward.
 
2013-05-12 06:02:52 AM

Notabunny: I've eaten gnats, probably some flies, something crunchy on the outside and chewy on the inside, and something bitey. You get that at freeway speeds on two wheels, not from a kitchen.


That was a biker's head, right after some asshole in an SUV pulled a left turn in front of him/her. Was his helmet a three-quarter with a visor, or was it full-face? That also might explain the "something bitey."
 
2013-05-12 06:17:04 AM

SubBass49: I'd totally try it if I lived on the East coast.  I'd get my 4 year old daughter to try it too.  Already got her hooked on octopus...


That's too bad. They're probably smarter than she is.

And it's not that special for your little foodie (barf) to be "hooked on octopus." It's a staple to eat tako (octopus) where I live, and I live in the U.S. Too bad people here are idiots who eat intelligent animals like octopus, stolen pet dogs, and god knows what else.

"It's our culture," they say. Yeah, and their culture sucks ass.
 
2013-05-12 06:18:41 AM

Ghastly: I would eat them but I am deathly allergic to shrimp and I've been told if you're allergic to shrimp you shouldn't eat insects because you'll probably have the same reaction.

It sucks because both times I've eaten shrimp I absolutely loved it... until the projectile vomiting and seizures that is.


sometimes its worth a little bit of sacrifice to get satisfaction out of the things you love in life.
 
2013-05-12 06:24:06 AM

MadAzza: It's a staple to eat tako (octopus) where I live, and I live in the U.S. Too bad people here are idiots who eat intelligent animals like octopus


"Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn!"

www.city-data.com
 
2013-05-12 06:44:56 AM
1.bp.blogspot.com

media.columbiamissourian.com

How about no.
 
2013-05-12 06:55:29 AM

ArcadianRefugee: ISO15693: It's been done.

Cicadas are not locusts; locusts are not cicadas.


Cicadas are often colloquially called locusts.

fookin prawn.
 
2013-05-12 07:00:56 AM

LikeALeafOnTheWind: i ruined shrimp for my wife when i told her they were pretty much just cockroaches from the sea. yum yum. doesnt bother me they are delicious. she wont eat them anymore.


I told mine the brown stripe down the back was their feces-filled colon and now she won't eat them anymore either.
 
2013-05-12 07:13:40 AM

King Something: With a picture of a pigeon flying in the sky on the label.

/also try Pork Of The Orchard brand canned apples
//it's the one with a picture of a can of tuna on the label


Don't forget Turkey of the Jungle!
 
2013-05-12 07:16:41 AM

moothemagiccow: LikeALeafOnTheWind: i ruined shrimp for my wife when i told her they were pretty much just cockroaches from the sea. yum yum. doesnt bother me they are delicious. she wont eat them anymore.

I told mine the brown stripe down the back was their feces-filled colon and now she won't eat them anymore either.


I always think of David Spade whenever shrimp is served. "Why do you always have to de-turd these things before you eat them?"
 
2013-05-12 07:22:34 AM

Bender The Offender: Lsherm: Back in the 80's we ate them deep fried when they came out.  They weren't unpleasant tasting - sort of sweet with a nice crunch.  Definitely worth trying at least once.

1979, 1996, 2013. Math is fundamental. I'm not going to let you trick me into eating bugs with your lies.


There are different "Broods".  This one is called "Brood II".  Good name for a horror movie.

I can vouch for Bender.  I was around 7 years old in the late 80's in Columbia, MD and I remember when they came out.  We'd pull their wings off, their red eyes glaring and hearing that awful screeching and buzzing.  We even got to see a Cicada Killer hornet carry one off.  We collected the shells of the molts off the trees and filled giant work buckets.  Then we squished all the shells into a fine powder.  I was only scared of the new soggy molts that hung off the siding of houses.  Weird eyes, man.  Like a doll's eyes.

If they were battered up in some panko and deep fried I would try.
 
2013-05-12 07:44:41 AM
I had some wonderful cornbread type item in Baja many, many years back that had a nice, peppery bite to it. I thought it was some odd type of pepper I was seeing on and inside my noms. Nope. As it turned out, it was "roe of the fly". Not only that, they put them in there on purpose. I found this out mid-bite, btw. My reaction was pretty much confusion. My taste buds were saying "nommy nommy nommy! we're gonna eat this!" and doing a little taste bud happy dance (well, you get the idea) and my brain was screaming in horror and telling me "spititoutspititoutohgodsspititout!!!".

Yeah, I ate the rest of it. Cuz ya know what? It was tasty. I don't know that I would have tried it if I knew beforehand that was fly eggs and not pepper. Still, when I read about people eating bugs, either as part of their cultural tradition or because they're total freakazoids (scientists), it doesn't phase me anymore. I actually start wondering if there's a way to disguise the appearance of said bug food item allegedly tasty thing so I can try it without my brain rebelling too terribly much. The old cook's adage "you eat with your eyes first" is very true, which is why I spend so much time "dressing" my plates - to make the food look just as lovely as it tastes. I can't imagine how you would make a cicada look lovely, though. I may have to take a pass on this rare feasting opportunity no matter how tempted I am to try it.

/I have a chanterelle and vanilla Himalayan Pink Salt blend that's tasty on shellfish
//think it would work on cicadas?
 
2013-05-12 07:57:11 AM

Bender The Offender: Lsherm: Back in the 80's we ate them deep fried when they came out.  They weren't unpleasant tasting - sort of sweet with a nice crunch.  Definitely worth trying at least once.

1979, 1996, 2013. Math is fundamental. I'm not going to let you trick me into eating bugs with your lies.


Lobster, shrimp, crab, crayfish, etc...  They are all bugs of a sort.  The only difference is, they spend their lives underwater.

Now, I could tell myself that all day long.  And I still can't fathom people eating bees, ants, grasshoppers, or any other land based insect.  Still, there must be something to it, outside of the whole "lack of any other food available" thing.  I'll eat damned near any mollusk that creation has provided.  And they are quite more disgusting.  So clearly something is amiss here.

I think, considering the time is right for it, that I will find a few cicadas, and a decent recipe, and give them things a try.  This is my plan.  After mother's day.  Because there is no way that's happening today.
 
2013-05-12 07:58:08 AM

SlothB77: [1.bp.blogspot.com image 400x300]

[media.columbiamissourian.com image 600x450]

How about no.


Excuse me, waiter? There's a bug in my food.
 
2013-05-12 08:04:22 AM
images.wikia.com
 
2013-05-12 08:14:49 AM
Im Cajun. We are practically famous for "If it doesnt eat you first..." but HELL no.
 
2013-05-12 08:29:03 AM
here is where they'd end up in my yard

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2013-05-12 08:48:46 AM
I think a lot less people would eat shrimp if they knew this is what they looked like when alive.

bioweb.uwlax.edu

Most people have limited contact with crustaceans when they're whole and alive, whereas people grow up thinking of insects as pests.
 
2013-05-12 08:59:22 AM
I don't understand how people can eat these things (unless they are literally starving), but what baffles me even more are people who love shellfish yet are appalled at the idea of eating bugs.

Both are exactly same in my mind. I can't eat shellfish because all I can think of is how they are insects of the sea and I just don't get how they aren't viewed the same as other bugs (ie something a small percentage of people treat as a "delicacy" - or eat on a dare - but most people would never touch).

Oh well, to each his own I guess, but you won't see me eating any bugs from land or sea anytime soon.

*shudders*
 
2013-05-12 09:36:02 AM

pyrotek85: I think a lot less people would eat shrimp if they knew this is what they looked like when alive.

[bioweb.uwlax.edu image 400x255]

Most people have limited contact with crustaceans when they're whole and alive, whereas people grow up thinking of insects as pests.


Yummy!

lobsterhousesunrise.com

However, if given a choice, this is the kind of bug I like to eat...
 
2013-05-12 09:46:12 AM

MadAzza: SubBass49: I'd totally try it if I lived on the East coast.  I'd get my 4 year old daughter to try it too.  Already got her hooked on octopus...

That's too bad. They're probably smarter than she is.

And it's not that special for your little foodie (barf) to be "hooked on octopus." It's a staple to eat tako (octopus) where I live, and I live in the U.S. Too bad people here are idiots who eat intelligent animals like octopus, stolen pet dogs, and god knows what else.

"It's our culture," they say. Yeah, and their culture sucks ass.


I used to love octopus until I saw a show on Nat Geo about their problem solving ability and their intelligence.

Can't even think about it now without retching.
 
2013-05-12 09:49:10 AM

Real Women Drink Akvavit: I had some wonderful cornbread type item in Baja many, many years back that had a nice, peppery bite to it. I thought it was some odd type of pepper I was seeing on and inside my noms. Nope. As it turned out, it was "roe of the fly". Not only that, they put them in there on purpose. I found this out mid-bite, btw. My reaction was pretty much confusion. My taste buds were saying "nommy nommy nommy! we're gonna eat this!" and doing a little taste bud happy dance (well, you get the idea) and my brain was screaming in horror and telling me "spititoutspititoutohgodsspititout!!!".

Yeah, I ate the rest of it. Cuz ya know what? It was tasty. I don't know that I would have tried it if I knew beforehand that was fly eggs and not pepper. Still, when I read about people eating bugs, either as part of their cultural tradition or because they're total freakazoids (scientists), it doesn't phase me anymore. I actually start wondering if there's a way to disguise the appearance of said bug food item allegedly tasty thing so I can try it without my brain rebelling too terribly much. The old cook's adage "you eat with your eyes first" is very true, which is why I spend so much time "dressing" my plates - to make the food look just as lovely as it tastes. I can't imagine how you would make a cicada look lovely, though. I may have to take a pass on this rare feasting opportunity no matter how tempted I am to try it.

/I have a chanterelle and vanilla Himalayan Pink Salt blend that's tasty on shellfish
//think it would work on cicadas?


Yep.

Try them fried tempura style with a nice soy sauce based dipping sauce. I promise you will likee.
 
2013-05-12 09:53:38 AM

a_room_with_a_moose: If you catch them just after that emerge from their last larval molt, they will not be crunchy. They are also basically de-veined as insects shed their foregut and hindgut when they molt. Grab them while they are wire and soft. If you collect a bunch they can be frozen for future use.

They are good in spaghetti sauce or done alfredo with pasta. Doing them in tempura batter is also choice. Any way shrimp can be prepared is good for cicadas.

/why, yes, I am an entomologist


Where can one get bugs that are fit for human consumption? I am lookinh for meal worms and the like as a cheaper source of protein. But everywhere I look they are more expensive ( Hot licks etc) I want to cook with bugs!
 
2013-05-12 10:10:00 AM
The Chinese have been eating them for centuries.
 
2013-05-12 10:15:41 AM
ecx.images-amazon.com

Read it if you can find it.
 
2013-05-12 10:25:23 AM

ArcadianRefugee: MadAzza: It's a staple to eat tako (octopus) where I live, and I live in the U.S. Too bad people here are idiots who eat intelligent animals like octopus

"Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn!"

[www.city-data.com image 425x566]


Octopi have about a three year lifespan in the wild, right? They grow and die quickly. It's only sensible to EAT the adults, since they were about to die anyways.

Or your calamari might be pig anus. Hard to tell.
 
2013-05-12 10:26:09 AM

ArcadianRefugee: ISO15693: It's been done.

Cicadas are not locusts; locusts are not cicadas.


Locusts and honey is quite tasty
 
2013-05-12 10:50:52 AM
As someone who thoroughly enjoys fried shrimp heads, I say, "Sure!"

BTW, if you look at history you'll notice that lobster was once considered so common and gross that some servants in Massachusetts  put into their contracts that they would not be forced to eat lobster more than three times a week.

It's all a matter of perception.  Protein is protein. Now, what I can never understand is putrified food, like natto.  I can't take it.
 
2013-05-12 11:03:47 AM

pyrotek85: I think a lot less people would eat shrimp if they knew this is what they looked like when alive.

[bioweb.uwlax.edu image 400x255]

Most people have limited contact with crustaceans when they're whole and alive, whereas people grow up thinking of insects as pests.


I think it looks delicious.
 
2013-05-12 11:16:07 AM

a_room_with_a_moose: If you catch them just after that emerge from their last larval molt, they will not be crunchy. They are also basically de-veined as insects shed their foregut and hindgut when they molt. Grab them while they are wire and soft. If you collect a bunch they can be frozen for future use.

They are good in spaghetti sauce or done alfredo with pasta. Doing them in tempura batter is also choice. Any way shrimp can be prepared is good for cicadas.

/why, yes, I am an entomologist


Now I wish I live in cicada country.
Do you know if Southern California is due for a swarm soon?
 
2013-05-12 11:24:15 AM
nope.gif
 
2013-05-12 11:27:52 AM

Shadow Blasko: Snap... snap... Snappy Cicada pizza .

would post links to the 1987 Cincinnati commercials, but i am on my phone


I was there in '87...it was amazing. Found it on YouTube.....but snip the first 1m15s.....

Snappy Cicada Pizza
 
2013-05-12 11:35:26 AM
NOPE
 
2013-05-12 11:41:46 AM

Anthracite: a_room_with_a_moose: If you catch them just after that emerge from their last larval molt, they will not be crunchy. They are also basically de-veined as insects shed their foregut and hindgut when they molt. Grab them while they are wire and soft. If you collect a bunch they can be frozen for future use.

They are good in spaghetti sauce or done alfredo with pasta. Doing them in tempura batter is also choice. Any way shrimp can be prepared is good for cicadas.

/why, yes, I am an entomologist

Where can one get bugs that are fit for human consumption? I am lookinh for meal worms and the like as a cheaper source of protein. But everywhere I look they are more expensive ( Hot licks etc) I want to cook with bugs!


Grow your own. By them at a bait store and when the adults emerge, put them in a container with corn meal.

It is just that simple.

If you remove them a day or so before you eat them and put them in a container with sliced apples, they will eat that and clear any grittiness out of their digestive tract.

Enjoy!
 
2013-05-12 11:48:14 AM

Soymilk: a_room_with_a_moose: If you catch them just after that emerge from their last larval molt, they will not be crunchy. They are also basically de-veined as insects shed their foregut and hindgut when they molt. Grab them while they are wire and soft. If you collect a bunch they can be frozen for future use.

They are good in spaghetti sauce or done alfredo with pasta. Doing them in tempura batter is also choice. Any way shrimp can be prepared is good for cicadas.

/why, yes, I am an entomologist

Now I wish I live in cicada country.
Do you know if Southern California is due for a swarm soon?


I think you all had your big one in 2011.

Here is a halfway decent chart:

Link

Unfortunately the broods are not mapped as well as they might be.
 
2013-05-12 11:55:30 AM
"Cicada is the shrimp of the forest. You can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it, sauté it. There's, um, cicada kabobs, cicada  creole, cicada  gumbo, pan fried, deep fried, stir fried. There's pineapple cicada  and lemon cicada , coconut cicada , pepper cicada , cicada  soup, cicada  stew, cicada  salad, cicada  an' potatoes, cicada  burger, cicada  sandwich. That's, that's about it."
 
2013-05-12 11:57:30 AM
You can have my share.
 
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