Ever been so hungry you could eat a bug? Cheap, eco-friendly, and surprisingly nutritious, insects may be the future of food.
- TIP: It's cheaper to raise bugs yourself than to buy them from commercial suppliers.
- Step 1: Treat yourself to dessert. Many specialty confectioners sell chocolate covered ants, barbecue-flavored crickets, or lollipops with mealworms or scorpions inside.
- Step 2: Tell a friend how much you like eating insects, and invite them over for your next meal.
- FACT: It takes over 800 gallons of water to produce ⅓-pound of beef. The same weight in grasshoppers requires less than a single gallon of water.
- Step 3: Prepare your insect recipe and chow down. Don’t think too much about what you’re eating.
- TIP: It is best not to do your bug hunting and gathering in your backyard or local park Local bugs may have been exposed to pesticides.
- Step 4: Determine a type of bug that you think you can stomach. Some of the options include crickets, mealworms, ants, water bugs, scorpions, termites, and tarantulas.
- Step 5: Choose a recipe. For example, scorpion stir-fried in hot oil with vegetables, or breaded, fried in butter, and served with a side of rice.
- TIP: If you just can’t overcome the "ick" factor of swallowing a creepy-crawly, you can roast and grind them to use as flour so that you don’t have to look at them.
- Step 6: Get some bugs. Bait shops often carry crickets and mealworms, and many bugs can be purchased online.
- Step 7: Use the internet to research which bugs are edible, nutritious, and tasty. Cultures the world over eat bugs regularly, so you have plenty of insects and insects recipes to choose from.