Taste Testing Edible Bugs HOME PIZZA OVEN PUT TO THE TEST 6 months ago   13:00

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Eating insects is generally seen as a pretty disgusting thing, especially in the western world...but what if it became more necessary and more of a norm? Things like cricket flour and mealworms are becoming more popular as a great source of protein. Would you give this kind of diet a go or is it a step too far?

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SORTEDfood
Watch (or listen to!) the latest podcast to hear more of the guys' thoughts on insect protein: https://sorted.club/s4e5/
Lauryn Slade
I like when these are informative
Streaky Haddock
as squeamish as i am about my food looking like animals, I'm more receptive to the idea of eating insects than the idea of being vegan.
CircleTheSkies
I think that attempting to substitute insects in to existing recipes is a mistake - as shown in this video, the taste profile of cricket flour et al is different. So you need to figure out what goes well with that flavor.

For example - cricket flour is supposedly 'nutty' and 'earthy'. What if you were to use it in a recipe that's mushroom-based - would it resemble sauteed mushrooms with walnuts? I've seen mention of a mushroom-and-nut "burger" - could cricket flour be brought in to such a recipe and enhance the flavor profile? Or perhaps go with mashed potatoes - occasionally pecans or walnuts are mixed in, so a nutty flavor might not clash. Going back to mushrooms, could you fry up mushrooms using cricket flour for the batter?

There's reasons we don't just toss in any ground up grain into, say, banana bread. Cornmeal, for example, would probably taste just as much 'off' as cricket flour did in this video in banana bread. But make a cornbread and add some cranberries and you're a happy camper.
Libidine
I think I would rather eat a human than put any of that anywhere near my mouth. You can keep your insects; I'll just go gnaw on Fred for a bit.
Chimera
Yo, legit, sun dried crickets, fried in grape seed oil, and tossed with some seasoning. Better than French fries.
Dimitri van Dam
I've had mealworms, buffalo worms and crickets. The worms are actually really tasty: a bit nutty, reminiscent of peanuts.
For the bigger insects; like crickets, grasshoppers or the water bug you had; be sure to remove the wings, and maybe the legs. Those will only get stuck in your teeth, and have little to no nutritional value.
In my opinion, insects could/would be great snacks. Or, when ground, a nice nutty protein addition to all sorts of recipes.

Like Jamie said: it's mostly between your ears, or rather, between your teeth.
FirFirence
Tried mealworm when I went to a food caravan event this year.
A hot mango chilli dip is the way to go guys.
Take a chopstick, dip in the dip, dip in the worms. Enjoy. Crunchy and delicious. But I gotta admit, I needed a minute because my brain kept screaming. Knowing that they were raised in a professional and controlled farm (in Germany they need to have a certificate before they can sell those) helped though.
Richard Scott
I liked the look of mealworms. I have had grasshopper and cricket, and do not regret it.
Secret_Squirrel
This was great! Super informative, and went solely for that approach, it only touched on "outrageous" shock factor twice, but done in a tasteful way. The water bug got me, I honestly wasn't expecting everybody to eat it. When it turned out they were definitely going to, I was prepared to suppress a gag. Didn't happen.
I think the more we normalise insects as a viable source of protein for the western world by basically putting it in dishes like the mac and cheese or the rice cakes, the easier people will adjust and accept it.

I'm already considering buying some cricket flour for use in things like muffins and breads, where I already try to use whole meal and replacing some of it thanks to this video.
Mr Son
There's a trend I've noticed in these sorts of videos that are trying to sell the concept of eating bugs.

"People all over the world are already eating bugs!"
"So we threw some mealworms into mac and cheese instead of trying any of the time-tested recipes that the people who eat bugs already use."
Al Christensen
Chapulines (seasoned, roasted grasshoppers) are a great snack.
Van Geovani
I'm currently breeding mealworms for myself and my pets. So yes I eat bugs. I'm an American. I AM THE FUTURE MORTALS!!!
MWotE
Tbh if kids start to grow up eating bugs and all sort of stuff from the beginning I think this 'movement' could be achieved.
Nikola Howard
That was a very mature discussion.

I'm all for eating insects logically, and right now, I'm carnivore, so not eating plants... - but I'm still at the "eww bugs" stage. I'm going to be buying a bag of Cricket Flour soon, and seening how it works in FatHead dough instead of the almond.
Mitchell Dunn
I read the title as “taste testing edibles” and didn’t read anything else thinking ohhhh they’re gonna get backed this is gonna be funny.

I’m disappointed
Gabby Pillay
I love you but I would not watch an unskipable ad for you #thanksyoutube
MagdaH97
Eating bugs isn't that bad. Depending on how you do it, you might never even notice them.
Carola Pina
I would go vegan before eating bugs. Sorry, it’s just not happening for me
No Neck
Have you seen the prices of some these bugs??
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