If you don’t store dry staples properly, you can easily end up with a weevil infestation. You might be wondering whether it’s safe to eat weevils in food.
Yes, it is completely safe to eat weevils, including the eggs, larvae, and adult weevils. However, just as you would with meat, it’s recommended that you cook them first. Cooking kills any bacteria or parasites which may be in the weevils.
Luckily, weevils tend to infest foods which require cooking anyway, such as dry beans or whole grains.
What About the “Yuck” Factor of Eating Weevils?
Even though insects are eaten in many parts of the world, it’s still considered “gross” in many Western cultures. So, it’s understandable if you feel squeamish about eating weevils. A lot of people throw out perfectly-good food because of this.
If you want to save the food without eating visible weevils, here are some things you can do:
1. Remove the Weevils
Trying to pick out each of the weevils individually takes a lot of time. Instead, soak infested beans or grains in water. Adult weevil bodies will float to the top, making them easier to remove them. Obviously this doesn’t work with infested flour.
2. Prepare Food So You Can’t See the Weevils
If you can’t see the weevil bodies in the food, it isn’t as gross to eat. After cooking the grains or beans, you can blend them so the weevils aren’t visible. Or make cakes out of infested flour or grains; it’s a lot harder to see the weevils once cooked with other ingredients.
3. Use the Infested Food for Non-Food Purposes
If you really can’t stomach the idea of eating weevils, you don’t have to throw the food away. Instead:
- Grains can be used as bird feed
- Flour can be used to make play-dough or a natural ant-repellent
- Make DIY hot packs, beanbags, or play things
*If you want to make anything out of food infested with weevils, you’ll need to kill the weevils and their eggs first. Otherwise the weevils will just continue to feed, lay eggs, and make a worse infestation.
Avoiding Weevils in the Future
- How to Store Flour
- How to Store Rice
- How to Store Dry Beans
- Oxygen Absorbers for Food Storage
- Mylar Bag Food Storage
Also see does rice turn into maggots?
What do you do with weevil-infested food? Let us know in the comments.