Saturday, September 8, 2012


I like to think I'm adventurous when it comes to canning. I'm game to put just about anything in a jar.

But my adventurous nature pales in comparison to this fascinating little ditty over at a website called Buzzfeed entitled 30 Canned Foods You Never Knew Existed. They're right, I had no idea most of these existed. Thankfully.

For example, consider this: roasted scorpions! So nice in a salad!

Or bamboo worms (BBQ flavor!). The perky company trademark says "A tasty nutritious bug snack!"

Silkworm pupae, anyone? (Notice the fancy toothpicks in use.)

For the discriminating southwest palate: creamed armadillo (on the half-shell).

Never one to waste anything, how about pork brains in milk gravy? Don't eat this if you're watching your cholesterol, though... a serving has 3500 mg.

Canned tongues. Waste not, want not, I always say.

For a little crunch, try red curry grasshoppers.

And here I thought pea soup was exotic!

Go check out the rest of their repertoire.  Exciting stuff.


  1. Well.. Those are just..


    Excuse me, I've gotta.......

  2. hi. tongue a treat on sandwiches in england. it is purely muscle tissue. usually beef tongue, though a sheep is pictured on the tin.
    southwestern natives have always eaten armadilloes but i think you have to be careful of some disease they carry. also more than one type of armadillo. do not know if all are considered to be palatable.
    saw a travel show on pbs. in an arab country brains (not pig!) are eaten in sandwiches. with mad cow disease it seems dangerous.
    my mum from britain, and has eaten her share of tongue in her youth ,when they could get it (wartime restrictions).

    deb harvey

    1. ...That disease is "Hanson's Disease"... aka Leprosy. lol

    2. Armadillos might carry Hanson's Disease...which you might be more familiar with by a different name. Leprosy.
      Cooking, however, should eliminate it. lol...

  3. Phyllis (N/W Jersey)September 9, 2012 at 8:45 AM

    Had chocolate covered grasshoppers ONCE.......
    Think I'll skip the rest!

  4. .

    The Canned Freak Show article was totally un-necessary.

    Some things can not be unseen.


  5. I've been trying to lose weight and wondering what I'd have today for lunch. Now I think I'll skip lunch. No doubt dinner, too. Excuse me while I go puke.
    --Fred in AZ

  6. As a spinner of silk I was just reading about the silk worms and how many of us are concerned about killing the worms to get the precious silk. Scientists have discovered silk worms are very nutritious and are encouraging 3rd world countries to include them in their diets. Guess they figured that way we wouldn't feel so bad. My personal opinion, FWIW is Blaghhhh! Thanks anyway.

  7. Oh, barf... that's just gross. I'd have to be mighty hungry to even open one of those cans...