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parakitaMol.

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10,285 posts

147 months

Wednesday 6th February 2008
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Once, my sister and I were staying at my Mum's - a smallholding in Devon with a walk-in stone larder.


My sister made a cake... she was quite enjoying the cake mixture till she realised it was actually moving....with flour weevils... just like fleas, they are.


But are they safe to eat or will you die?

Thanks



The Dude

6,546 posts

143 months

Wednesday 6th February 2008
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parakitaMol. said:
Once, my sister and I were staying at my Mum's - a smallholding in Devon with a walk-in stone larder.


My sister made a cake... she was quite enjoying the cake mixture till she realised it was actually moving....with flour weevils... just like fleas, they are.


But are they safe to eat or will you die?

Thanks
Generally they are non-toxic but can present a choking hazard once they reach a certain size. Measure one, if it's bigger than a Rolo then maybe it's time to buy some more flour.

parakitaMol.

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10,285 posts

147 months

Wednesday 6th February 2008
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Small, just like swimming fleas.... or space dust.

Mother was a 'war baby' - sell by dates were ignored... apparently it toughens you up.


The Dude

6,546 posts

143 months

Wednesday 6th February 2008
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parakitaMol. said:
Small, just like swimming fleas.... or space dust.

Mother was a 'war baby' - sell by dates were ignored... apparently it toughens you up.
Blimey, there's a blast from the past. I love the way they crackle on your tongue and tickle the roof of your mouth.

Don't care much for that space dust crap though.

Bedford Rascal

29,293 posts

140 months

Wednesday 6th February 2008
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The Dude said:
Measure one, if it's bigger than a Rolo then maybe it's time to buy some more flour.
Good point, although worth noting that if you do find some of that size I understand it's good form to give the last one to someone you love.

The Dude

6,546 posts

143 months

Wednesday 6th February 2008
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Bedford Rascal said:
The Dude said:
Measure one, if it's bigger than a Rolo then maybe it's time to buy some more flour.
Good point, although worth noting that if you do find some of that size I understand it's good form to give the last one to someone you love.
Be careful though. If it's a shifty stranger or estranged uncle who's asking you to check his flour for weevils, and he's holding the flour near his waist, it might not actually be a weevil. Be warned.

Knick Pee

29,977 posts

147 months

Wednesday 6th February 2008
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sell by dates are for girls............oh, you are.

Bedford Rascal

29,293 posts

140 months

Wednesday 6th February 2008
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The Dude said:
Bedford Rascal said:
The Dude said:
Measure one, if it's bigger than a Rolo then maybe it's time to buy some more flour.
Good point, although worth noting that if you do find some of that size I understand it's good form to give the last one to someone you love.
Be careful though. If it's a shifty stranger or estranged uncle who's asking you to check his flour for weevils, and he's holding the flour near his waist, it might not actually be a weevil. Be warned.
Bravo, bravo! An excellent public service announcement there.

If only you'd been around to issue such sage advice some 25 years ago. There I was, just coming out of playgroup at Ballinger village hall. All of sudden there's a chap beckoning me over to his Mk2 Escort... "Psst, sonny, want to come and see my weevils?". Naturally, being the naive fan of flour based pests that I was I went along with him. And the rest, as they say, is repressed.

The Dude

6,546 posts

143 months

Wednesday 6th February 2008
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Bedford Rascal said:
The Dude said:
Bedford Rascal said:
The Dude said:
Measure one, if it's bigger than a Rolo then maybe it's time to buy some more flour.
Good point, although worth noting that if you do find some of that size I understand it's good form to give the last one to someone you love.
Be careful though. If it's a shifty stranger or estranged uncle who's asking you to check his flour for weevils, and he's holding the flour near his waist, it might not actually be a weevil. Be warned.
Bravo, bravo! An excellent public service announcement there.

If only you'd been around to issue such sage advice some 25 years ago. There I was, just coming out of playgroup at Ballinger village hall. All of sudden there's a chap beckoning me over to his Mk2 Escort... "Psst, sonny, want to come and see my weevils?". Naturally, being the naive fan of flour based pests that I was I went along with him. And the rest, as they say, is repressed.
I told you they'd lock up your mum and dad if you ever told anyone.

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littlegreenfairy

9,752 posts

117 months

Wednesday 6th February 2008
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Apparently some weevils can carry ecoli and other bugs so don't eat them raw hehe


We've got weevils too frown Just chuck out the ¨infected¨ goods (or cook em up) and clean out the cupboards with hot soapy water.

Landlord

12,527 posts

153 months

Wednesday 6th February 2008
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The easiest way of removing them from flour is to fashion a tight-rope of cotton from the container to the bin. They can't resist demonstrating that weevils wobble but don't fall down and will march, unthinking, along the tight-rope straight to the bin.

parakitaMol.

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10,285 posts

147 months

Thursday 7th February 2008
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Landlord said:
weevils wobble but don't fall down
Get out.

Watch-Collector

213 posts

91 months

Thursday 7th February 2008
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Ive got weevils and went ot the Doctor be said it wasn`t hazardous just drink more water...

randlemarcus

9,997 posts

127 months

Thursday 7th February 2008
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Biggest question I have is how to differentiate on a moral level between the weevil I found in the white flour, and that I found in the wholemeal flour.

The wholemeal weevil certainly seems more suited to life, being smaller in length, and slightly slimmer. Altogether less developed, but slightly fitter, whereas the white flour weevil seems slightly depressed, but definitely bulkier.

So, faced with a choice, which weevil should I select?

parakitaMol.

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10,285 posts

147 months

Friday 8th February 2008
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randlemarcus said:
Biggest question I have is how to differentiate on a moral level between the weevil I found in the white flour, and that I found in the wholemeal flour.

The wholemeal weevil certainly seems more suited to life, being smaller in length, and slightly slimmer. Altogether less developed, but slightly fitter, whereas the white flour weevil seems slightly depressed, but definitely bulkier.

So, faced with a choice, which weevil should I select?
Racist.