Guys, I want to try cricket. My friend eat once and he said they are delicious, they taste like shrimps. And they have a very good nutritional value.
Which type of crickets can I eat? Can I eat the green ones? And how do I found them in the woods? Thanks!
100 grams of cricket contains: 121 calories, 12.9 grams of protein, 5.5 g. of fat, 5.1 g. of carbohydrates, 75.8 mg. calcium, 185.3 mg. of phosphorous, 9.5 mg. of iron, 0.36 mg. of thiamin, 1.09 mg. of riboflavin, and 3.10 mg. of niacin
OP, you can eat both crickets and grasshoppers (I know some people in the South call green grasshoppers crickets). You can collect crickets in a jar and seal it to kill them. You need to pull off their rear legs, which have spines that can catch and burrow through your small intestines. They should always be cooked, because they can contain tapeworms, like raw pork.
Crickets like cool dark places that have moisture. Grasshoppers can be found in, well the grass.
Here's a link to raise your own:
How do you prepare your trannies for cooking? Marinade?
I normally butcher them up and toss the parts on the grill with my BBQ sauce. But last summer we had a full pig roast style tranny cookout and it was delicious.
Some grasshoppers are not edible, all grasshoppers contain parasites and must be cooked well.
Crickets are perfectly fine to eat, though who knows what they could have gotten into, cook first.
You can also farm cockroaches or crickets for protein, as well as mealworms. They're all relatively easy to farm in large quantities due to quick breeding, but cockroaches are the fastest for the most meat and least environmental impact for any livestock. B.Dubia is the easiest to eat, we cook our cockroaches in a little brown sugar.
You just put them in a bin with cardboard egg cartons, feed them a little dish of water with rocks in it, and a small amount of chicken feed and/or table scraps. You can buy another insect that eats their poop, which will keep the tank really clean, just google raising b.dubias for food. But don't eat the cleaner insects.
They're about the size of my thumb, I pull a bunch from the bin, freeze them to kill them, then pan fry them with some butter and brown sugar. Then I pull their wings off and eat them. They're a little crunchy but taste pretty good.
My husband was much less into it than me but he's really come around to insect farming.
Somebody i worked with told me a trick for crawfish you may want to try with crickets too. Ive noticed from having feeder crickets for other pets that the crickets are always pooping all over the place. So my coworker said how he prepares crawfish is to first put them all in brine water so they literally puke and shit everywhere and then can be removed from the water and rinsed off. Something about how with crustaceans you dont wana have that stuff inside the animal when you cook it since obviously you cant really clean a crawdad or cricket
Well, I read this artlice about how insect farming is more sustainable than traditional livestock, and requires smaller areas, and all the benefits, so I did some googling to find what bug was best. Dubias were a natural choice because they can't climb smooth surfaces to escape their bin, they have less shell than other roaches, and people said they don't smell as bad.
So I ordered 20 online, put them in a bin with some chicken feed and water crystals, stuck them in a closet in the warmest part of the house, and in a few months I had enough that we could easily harvest enough for a good meal. I did get one mold problem once, but I haven't had one since I put in the cleaner bugs.
Keeping the moisture and the heat perfect for the bugs but not for mold is the trickiest part, but once you get it, you get it.
I throw table scraps into the bin now, sometimes still a little chicken feed and some crushed eggshells [they attack each other if they don't get enough calcium].
My cat did get into the bin once and slaughter some of them, but overall it's been pretty good.
We have to freeze and eat them pretty often now because they breed SO fast, but if you deshell them and throw them in a stirfry or a stew it's really good, and as I said, they taste a lot like shrimp.
I would recommend b.dubia roaches over crickets, which are loud and can jump out of their enclosure.
Crickets taste like they smell - like shit. Not to mention the chitin is like cellophane. Go for grasshoppers or grubs instead.
Oh also don't fall for the dried insect meme. All bugs are gross dried. Find a fresh, safe source. You could look into cooking guides too but they're scarce.
>PepsiFag spit-roasted a trannie and gave them his own special marinade
If you live in the US, they are considered an invasive species
Don't let them get away
Ate a bunch of crickets and mealworms once. Fry them up in a skillet with some garlic and you're good to go. Just pick the fucking legs and antenna off the little shits cos if you don't that's gonna tickle your throat for a bit.
I do live in the US, but up North, so they shouldn't be able to breed here outside, but yeah, good point! Some might have gotten away when my cat got into the bin, but I haven't seen any!
Do it, it's great! But definitely get the cleaner bugs or your tank will stink! Mine did before I got them. Now there's minimal stink and much less cleaning.
But IRL, no. Sorry guys, I'm not on the market.
Look up entomophogy in general, if you're interested. The best way would be to farm your own. Buy feeder crickets and keep them in a large plastic tub. Feed them corn meal. They can live off cardboard, but they'll taste like cardboard. Look up how to make a place for them to deposit their eggs. You'll need to remove these things and place them into a separate tub to hatch or the crickets will just eat the eggs. Keep rotating tubs so that you have batches of different ages. Before you kill them, feed them herbs like basil for added deliciousness. Freeze to kill. Dry roast to kill any parasites. You can the cook them in stir fry, or grind them into powder to add to baking, or whatever.
Good luck op.