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Cooking Insects and Bugs for Survival

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You should always be open to the idea of eating insects in case you are stuck in the woods or the island with no food for sustenance. In a survival scenario, you’ll do everything to live longer even if that means eating something gross. Is it normal to eat insects and bugs? Which bugs are edible? And how do you cook them? Continue reading to find out all the answers!

Is it Normal to Eat Bugs?

Eating bugs may be gross, but it’s safe and normal in some countries and even other parts of the USA. Evidence shows that bugs made a big portion of the diet of ancient humans. Even after people learned how to farm and hunt for food, they still ate bugs. Ancient Roman loved beetle larvae reared on flour and wine. The famous philosopher, Aristotle, wrote about the Greek practice of harvesting cicadas for food. Even the Bible encourages people to eat certain bugs.

Today, Asians and Africans continue to eat bugs even if it is considered taboo in Westernized countries. Western countries began investing in agriculture and other forms of food production that started their belief that bugs are pests that destroy crops.Β 

In a survival situation where you are left with no food, one solution is to get over the yuck factor and start to eat insects and bugs. Think about this. If you eat eggs, you are eating something which came from a chicken’s butt! Β  But you don’t find that gross, do you?Β 

Edible Bugs for Survival and How to Cook Them

Here are some edible bugs and insects you can consume for survival.


Worms are not bugs, but they are very common and are edible. are edible. You’ve probably played with these more than you’ve eaten them. Before eating them, squish out the poop! You can eat these spaghetti-like creatures raw or cook them if possible.Β 

Like most of the things on this list, they can potentially carry parasites, and the parasite potential should motivate you to cook them first. Not to mention the extremely unpleasant prospect of eating a live worm.

Wood Lice

Also called β€œsow bugs” or potato bugs”, woodlice are not bugs but terrestrial crustacean in North America with a flavor that is similar to shrimp. In fact, they can also be called β€œland shrimp” sometimes.

These creatures are easy to collect. Simply overturn rocks and logs or sift through dead leaves. To cook, drop them in boiling water and leave for a while. They can carry nematodes, better known as parasitic roundworms, so be sure they’re thoroughly cooked. When done, strain the water out and enjoy!

Grasshoppers and Crickets

Grasshoppers and crickets are extraordinarily protein-rich, and you can collect them pretty much anywhere, especially during the mornings when they move more slowly. To cook,Β  pull off their heads and the entrails should come with. Remove the wings and legs and dry roast them over the flame.


Grubs are the beetles in their larval stage.Β  There are over 344 grub species consumed around the globe, including the witchetty grub in Australia, palm weevil grubs in some Asian countries, giant water bugs in North America, and mopane worms in Africa. They are small, crunchy, and juicy.Β 

You can collect these insects in rotting logs or under rocks. Strip the bark off of the log or smash the log and grab them with your fingers. Then, skewer them lengthwise with a long stick and cook over an open flame until the skin is crispy.Β 


Ants are everywhere! Just scan the ground and you’ll find them skittering in a battalion. Put them into the water so that they drown and boil for about six minutes. This will neutralize the acid in their bodies. You can eat them raw, though you have to make sure they’re dead first so they won’t bite you.

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