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Woodlice Recipes

I give no guarantees on the safety or suitablility of woodlice for consumption. If you use these recipes then you do so at your own risk.

These recipes have been provided by a "Wild Foods" enthusiast. I couldn't bring myself to eat these creatures, however for those interested in survivalist foods here are the details. Apparently they smell of fish as they cook and add a crunchy texture and a slight fishy taste to the food. - Perhaps they should be mixed in a blender after killing and before cooking? wpe8.jpg (30100 bytes)

Woodlice are raised on clean paper and fed with potato for a number of days before cooking. Before cooking they must be killed. This occurs instantly by placing in a sieve and dropping it into a pot of boiling water.

In view of the size of woodlice I would suggest that it wouldn't be a profitable exercise to rely on them to provide enough food to survive on.


Woodlouse Fritters

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  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup of creamed corn
  • 1 cup of flour
  • 2 table spoons of killed woodlice

Put egg in a bowl, add corn, flour, woodlice and milk. Lightly mix. Ingredients should be moist - add more flour or milk as required to make mixture the correct consistency.

Drop spoonfuls of the mixture into a thin layer of hot oil in a frying pan. Turn when brown on the bottom.

Tastes like white-bait patties.



Woodlouse Sushi

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  • 1 egg
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 cup of rice
  • 3/4 cup of water
  • seaweed sheet
  • 2 table spoons of vinegar
  • 2 table spoons of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 2 tables spoons of killed woodlice

Prepare rice:
Add rice to the water and microwave for 10 minutes or until cooked. Add the vinegar, sugar and salt.

Prepare other ingredients:
Cut carrot into thin lengths. Cook in microwave with a small amount of water until tender. You can also use thin strips of egg omelette to add colour.

Spread rice in a thin layer (1.5cm) over the seaweed sheet. Put strips of carrot, eggs, woodlice in the centre of the rice.

Tightly roll up the seaweed sheet using a little water to seal the edges. Cut into short lengths with a serrated knife.



Woodlouse Scones

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  • 25grams of butter
  • 2 cups of flour
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 2 rashers of bacon
  • 1/2 a medium sized onion
  • 3/4 of a cup of milk
  • 2 tablespoons of killed woodlice

Mix flour and baking powder in a bowl. Add butter and rub into dry ingredients. Add bacon, onion and woodlice, mix in and then add all the milk. Mix - the dough should be soft enough to roll out onto the bench top. Add extra milk or flour as required.

Roll/press out into a 20-24cm square, cut into nine squares and bake at 200C for 10-15 minutes.



Woodlouse Fry-up

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  • bacon
  • eggs
  • killed woodlice


Mix all ingredients together and fry in hot oil.


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