Thursday, November 20, 2008
I get really grossed out by kitchen bugs. In the past I wasn't able to eat cauliflower for over a year because of an "incident", and then their was the chard from our garden, also deemed inedible. All because of some tiny little pests. I wish I could get over it quicker, but when I eat those contaminated foods, all I can think about are bugs, bugs, bugs. We haven't had any problem since we've been at the condo but then in the course of a week I've been nearly kicked out of my kitchen! First, we had broccoli bugs. I had 3 head of broccoli and only 1 was contaminated which I thought was very strange. I inspected it VERY carefully though so I'm pretty confident that I didn't miss any. The old Sara would have HAD to throw it all out, even the 2 OK bunches of broc., but I tried to be brave and frugal and went ahead and used the broccoli sans bugs. Then, just 2 days later I had plans of making a huge batch of garbanzo beans to freeze and make hummus. The beans had been soaking a couple of hours so I went to have a peek, EW EW EW. There were little black bugs floating all over the top of the pot. I saw some black dots on some of the beans and squeezed a bean to inspect further and realized that is where they were coming from. They were burrowed into the dried beans and were being released due to soaking. I had to throw away the entire pot of beans and there was probably 6 cups of them.:( Since these episodes I've been eating mostly those packs of prewashed spinach because it is all I can handle. I get grossed out when I think about the bug incidents and am afraid to make more beans because I'm worried more bugs will pop out, or even worse, that the black beans had them too and I just couldn't see because they were black. OK, I'm done getting myself all worked up over a bunch of bugs.