I've been debating on whether or not to share the following disgusting story with you folks. When it first happened I thought There is no way I'm sharing this with the interwebs. Yet, here I go.
I enjoy eating uncooked oats. (NO, that isn't the gross part.) I like uncooked oats in small amounts. One of my favorite breakfasts is chopped fruit sprinkled with nuts, uncooked oats, and topped off with a few dribbles of agave nectar. To me, it sort of tastes like oatmeal cookie dough, which is something I could eat by the bowlful.
Anyway, I had been enjoying this breakfast for a week or so when I realized I had run out of oatmeal. But after digging around in the pantry I found another canister of oatmeal way in the back, but it had been opened and I wasn't sure how long it had been there. I opened the canister, smelled the contents, and quickly scanned it for weevils. (In case you are unfamiliar with weevils, they are teeny tiny bugs that like to hang out in grains that have been stored in your pantry for too long.) It looked safe so I dumped some oats in my bowl and enjoyed my breakfast.
The next morning I ate a bit later in the day---so the kitchen was more well lit. I took the lid off the oatmeal and was about to stick my hand in and grab some oats when I see them---weevils. Hundreds of them. Everywhere. The container was black with bugs. Because such a massive infestation couldn't occur overnight, it would stand to reason that when I had breakfast the day before, I had basically eaten a bowl full of bugs.
I need to explain something to you. Although I don't consider myself a vegetarian, I'm pretty picky about what I put into my body when it comes to things that used to be alive. On the rare occasion that I do eat red meat, it has to be burnt to a crisp so as to not even resemble meat. I won't eat chicken if it looks "ugly." And don't even think of giving me something with a bone still attached. Do I look like a viking?! So when the realization hit me that I had consumed a bowl full of live, squirming bugs, it was seriously enough to put me over the edge.
I'm trying to convince myself that maybe all the weevils were initially at the bottom of the canister and when I used the oatmeal the first day, maybe I disrupted their homes and they all came to the surface. Does this sound possible? Or does it just sound like someone trying to rationalize the fact that they ate bugs?
Either way, my pantry is now getting cleaned out once a week.