Post # 1
i went to cook last night and noticed that my paprika and cayenne pepper had little bugs in them!
ive never seen this before in england, but now i live in mexico – is this something that happens in hotter/more humid climates?!
it just seems an odd thing for bugs to eat – why not the sugar etc? the lids were on too! how did they get in?!
where do they come from? im obviously throwing the spices away – but do i need to throw away the other ones without bugs? bleach the entire area?
ive got a bit paranoid now…the way i found them was when i put little bugs onto my food!
Post # 3
- Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo
Ach. Ew! The only thing I can relate is that this is happened to me before with flour or dried noodles with loose flour in the packing.. from what I’ve heard (FI did some research, I didn’t actually read it), there are sometimes bug eggs in flour that are so minute they are indistinguishable from the flour, but it has such a long gestation period that they usually don’t hatch before consumption (like several years), and I’m assuming they’re okay to eat because it’s common. I don’t know about spices, but maybe it is the same deal.
eta I assume the eggs are ok to eat, not the hatched bugs. Ach!!
Post # 4
This may be a pain, but if you don’t use your spices (as well as flour, sugar etc) often, freeze them. That will prevent bugs. We freeze a lot of our duplicate spices and our flour so prevent it.
And your other spices should be ok. Just check them first obviously