Insects - Page
ASPARAGUS (TINNED) - Testing
1. Place either a sheet of filter paper or a
clean white cloth of a fine weave (i.e. with
small holes) over a sieve or in a funnel.
2. Pour out all the liquid through the
filter or cloth leaving the asparagus in the
3. Place the filter paper or cloth over a
large white plate or chopping board.
4. Check the filter paper or cloth very
carefully for any insects. Look out
particularly for thrip, which are black or
light green and only 1mm long!
5. If the liquid is clear, you may use the
6. If you find three or more insects, cut
off the tip of each asparagus and the
remainder may be eaten.
7. If one or two insects are found, fill the
tin with fresh water, swirl the asparagus
around and repeat steps 2 - 6. If you now
have a total of three or more insects, cut
off all the tips. Otherwise the asparagus
may be used.
BUTTER BEANS / CHICKPEAS - Checking
Butter beans and chickpeas are at times
infested internally by the brucked insect
(which is at first a whitish worm and later
on becomes a black wingless insect),
although there may be no sign of this on the
outside of the unsoaked bean or chickpea.
1. Bring the beans / chickpeas to boil,
switch off and leave covered for at least
two hours; or
2. Pour boiling water over the beans /
chickpeas and leave them to soak for at
least three hours; or
3. Soak them in cold water overnight.
2. You will need to use two to three times
as much water as beans / chickpeas.
3. Put a handful of beans / chickpeas onto
one side of a large plate. Whilst rolling
them slowly across to the other side of the
plate, watch out carefully for any beans /
chickpeas that have "holes" or darkened
"patches" on the surface and remove them. If
in doubt, break open the bean / pea.
BROCCOLI & CAULIFLOWER - Cleaning
1. Cut off all the florets, which should not
be used because it’s practically impossible
to check them properly and effectively.
2. Soak the remaining stems and stalks for
two to three minutes in very soapy water.
3. Rinse well under running water.
* McCain frozen broccoli may be used without
checking due to the efficient system that
they use to clean them.