We breed ’em too

In addition to cooking up insects our goal is to be vertically integrated. That means we need to grow the buggers too!

Here’s what happens when a meal worm pupates. It turns from a meal worm, into a chrysalis, into a little beetle. woo! See in the middle, there’s a white one. That one has already begun to pupate, the darker meal worms are hanging out to the left.

Then, a few days later, the guy turned into a beetle

The beetles will breed and make baby meal worms!

Bug Party

Ok – it’s time to get serious. We’re having a party to get customer feedback on our latest creations (and to celebrate LEW’s bday).

We’ve got Pico de Bicho (bicho means bug in Spanish – we’re using wax worms here.)

Chad is already enjoying the fried mealworms

And Heylin brought his specialty – teriyaki cockroach!

He even threw in a few giant madagascar hissing cockroaches for the team. Wow!

Once you get past the shell, they’re actually quite tasty.

Lauren didn’t even flinch!

Would you like to try one?

Yes please!

Mmmmm! Cockroach on a chip!

Mealworms in da house!

Let’s see what happens when we fry up some mealworms!

Wow, what a crunchy, salty snack! I could get used to this.

Cooking and eating wax worms

Next, we cleaned and cooked some wax worms. These buggers are pretty soft, no need to de-leg them. Straight into the pot with some garlic, sesame seeds and sesame oil:

mmmmm! Tastes crunchy, like fried chicken skin

 

First attempt at baking crickets

First task – cleaning the crickets:

Next, we pulled off their massive hind-legs, wings and antennae

The result is a delicious little protein pouch

Then into the marinade, and into the oven

They cook at 200F for one hour…results soon!

All done! Let’s give them a try.

Wow, not bad! Crunchy, spicy…kinda delicious!

 

Bug Buying

Day one (1/11/2012) of a path toward edible insects in San Francisco.

Purchased four types of critters today:

Crickets:

Wax worms:

Meal worms:

And “super worms”:

Also made a breeding colony for crickets:

And ate a little cricket that got squished in the process. Mmmm, scrambled eggs with extra protein!