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So, does anyone have any sure-fire ways of getting creepy crawlies out of produce?<br><br><br><br>
In the past week and a half, I've encountered worms in three different heads of broccoli, purchased on three different occasions from three different stores. After the first such experience, I soaked the next bunch of broccoli in salty water for about 15 minutes before rinsing, chopping ... and looking down to see a straggler. Last night, I soaked, rinsed, chopped (into small pieces, I might add), soaked AGAIN, rinsed AGAIN, then steamed -- only to lift the lid and encounter one former inhabitant of said broccoli steamed along with it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sick.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":sick:"> I'm at my wit's end here. I love broccoli, it's one of the few green vegetables my husband will eat, and it's dirt cheap right now. But worms just don't, IMO, constitute an acceptable part of a healthy vegetarian meal. Any suggestions?
 

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Take it back to the store for a refund.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>DMZdogs</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Maybe the worms are WHY it's dirt cheap right now? :p</div>
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Meh. Just for that useful tidbit, I'm half a mind to invite you over for some broccoli soup. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/broccoli.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":bobo:">
 

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this has never happened to me, broccoli is always a must-have in my fridge.. where are you located? maybe im just blind and have been eating worms all this time!!!
 

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this has never happened to me, broccoli is always a must-have in my fridge.. where are you located? maybe im just blind and have been eating worms all this time!!!</div>
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South Korea. On the plus side, I'm taking the presence of plenty of happy little worms as an indication that no too many chemicals were sprayed on said broccoli ... at least not too many highly-toxic chemicals.
 

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I have had a terrible time with broccoli in the past being infested with little white bugs. And I mean infested, there wasn't any way to get them off. This happened twice and now I can't stomach the thought of eating it anymore. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/no.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":no:">
 

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Wow, that has only happened to me with produce from my own garden, never in store-bought produce. And I've never known anything to survive the salt water bath either! Ack!
 

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eeww!! i would take it back and ask for a refund. can you get frozen cut brocoli? i wouldnt think there would be any bugs in that.
 

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eeww!! i would take it back and ask for a refund. can you get frozen cut brocoli? i wouldnt think there would be any bugs in that.</div>
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Refunds are pretty much unheard of over here. I did give up on buying it locally, though, and resorted to the frozen stuff (organic, at least) at the commissary. Don't like frozen as much as fresh, but the worms seriously gross me out, and I didn't want to reach the point where I couldn't stomach the throughs of broccoli.
 

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South Korea. On the plus side, I'm taking the presence of plenty of happy little worms as an indication that no too many chemicals were sprayed on said broccoli ... at least not too many highly-toxic chemicals.</div>
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This is what I was thinking...I'm almost wishing I would find a bug/worm or two...I try to buy organic/pesticide free when I can and people are always telling me that you can't trust it to really be organic, etc.
 

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I usually eat a lot of frozen veggies, but sometimes I buy them raw too. They are almost always very clean. I live in California.<br><br><br><br>
Thats disgusting though..god I wouldnt be able to eat for a day or two if that happened to me.
 

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How big are the worms? They must be pretty small if they're surviving your chopping.<br><br><br><br>
I don't know what to tell you, though... bugs in my produce never bothered me much (not that I want to eat them, but it won't turn me off a certain vegetable). I figure it's natural, which is pretty rare in produce of late.
 

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The only way to grow brocolli without cabbage worms (really caterpillars) is to use lots and lots of insecticides. I've found that salt works. But you have to use quite a lot, enough so that the water tastes about as salty as seawater, and then add some more, and let the brocolli sit for 30 minutes to an hours. I use (cheap) kosher salt. About $0.75 US for 5 pounds. Yes, you still may get a few hangers-on. Sometimes they are big green yet hard to see and look an awful lot like brocolli stalks. Some times they are very tiny.<br><br><br><br>
Do NOT take the brocolli back to the store. This will tell the retailers to tell the farmers that "my customers want you to use more pesticides." This is what sqeamish Staters have already accomplished in the United States. You should be thankful that Koreans haven't done this to themselves yet. Only when the worms eat too much of the stalks away, leaving a lot less brocolli left for the humans, should pesticides be used.<br><br><br><br>
Use the salt, and if you get a straggler now and then, eat it quick before anyone else sees it. It is much healthier than pesticides. If you want to eat brocolli, cabbage worms must die, no matter what you do. Unless you want spend 2 hours on each head pick off 40 tiny to large worms by hand, and putting them outside - where they will probably die anyway due to lack of cruciferous vegetables to eat. They will die slowly from the salt. Even slower and more painfully from pesticides. The most humane way to kill them is to eat them alive or steam them to death.
 

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Wow. I've yet to see a better excuse for me to not eat broccoli! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"><br><br><br><br>
I can make myself eat it if it was frozen first. No relation to MorningCalm's worm problem, I just can't stand raw broccoli and if you buy it fresh, you have to buy a HUGE chunk of it...far more than I can eat. With frozen, I can take out meal-sized portions and not worry about anything going to waste. But, mostly, I just feed it to the dogs. They love it.
 
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