Worm in pasta - What should I do?
April 30, 2013 1:24 PM Subscribe
Last night, when I was eating my spaghetti, I found a worm! It was light green in color and about the size/shape of a meal worm, but with little claw type things towards the head.
posted by parakeetdog to Food & Drink (33 answers total)
I'm not sure if the worm was in the sauce or noodles. The sauce is from small company that specializes in organic pasta sauces.
The pasta brand is De Cecco, which I've used for many years without a problem.
I cooked the noodles in the microwave and also heated up the sauce in the microwave. I had a pretty good view of the noodles and didn't see a worm mixed in with them. Could the worm have been tiny and expanded as the noodles cooked?
At this point, I am terrified of the sauce and the noodles. I ordered both the sauce and noodles in bulk from Amazon. I have a bunch of sauce jars and spaghetti boxes remaining.
What should I do? Should I throw everything away? Is my house going to be infested with worms? Should I call Orkin? Could a bunch of worms have hatched during the day and am I in store for more worms when I come home from work? I was researching worms in food on Google and am now freaked out and feel like I should throw away all the food in my house.
I store the noodles in one kitchen cabinet. Should I throw away all the food in just that cabinet or could the worms have migrated to other cabinets? Also, the box from Amazon containing the pasta was in my house for about a day before I took the pasta out and put it in the cabinet. Should I worry about worms invading my entire house?
How would you handle finding a worm in your pasta, especially given that I can't be sure if it came from the sauce or noodles? Also, any idea on what type of worm this might be so I can research it more and figure out if it's invasive or not? I threw the worm, the jar of sauce, and box of noodles away so far.