At the end of a recent presentation, someone who had shown up late was munching on one of the cookies being handed out, and she wanted to ask a question. She preceded her question by mentioning that the nutritional, environmental, and sustainable aspects of eating insects appealed to her. But, she can not imagine ever getting over the ick factor. This is a serious mental challenge for a lot of people.
Then she asked what many people ask, “What do insects taste like?” The answer was that she was eating crickets at the moment. Her cookie contained cricket powder.
Cricket powder has a mild taste, so it was un-noticeable in her cookie. Cricket Powder is added to all sorts of dishes without any icky taste detected. When you do taste cricket powder, it’s an earthy umami flavor that few people dislike.
Insects as food face huge challenges in our country due to unwarranted cultural fears. Early European settlers disparaged the native population here by claiming that they were inferior because they ate “six-legged animals”.
To this day, we are one of the few countries that still disparage people for eating insects. Online, on TV, and in the movies, we act like eating insects is below us. This affects people worldwide and traditional foods are being abandoned for foods that are more popular here. Eating meat, especially beef, has become a status symbol.
Adding insects to your diet is healthy, environmentally friendly and sustainable. Your efforts can also have a socio-economic impact worldwide. Cricket powder, with its mild taste, is a great way to start.
Here are six reasons why you should add cricket powder to your diet.
- Food Insecurity: Edible insects are available to just about anyone anywhere. They can be grown in homes, small farms, and large commercial enterprises.
- Inhumane Treatment of Livestock: Insects raised for food can be grown and harvested humanely without the need for growth hormones or antibiotics.
- Deforestation: Two-thirds of the deforestation taking place in the Amazon is for beef. Insects can be grown humanely just about anywhere, in rural and urban areas. You can even raise insects in old warehouses.
- Pollution: Fertilizers, manure, and pesticides are major causes of land, water, and air pollution. Livestock is responsible for around 14 percent of greenhouse gas emissions.
- Land & Water Resources: Two-thirds of our potable water and over a third of our arable land is used for livestock. As our population increases by 50% in the near future, finding solutions to this is imperative.
- Our Health: Edible insects are a real animal protein that includes all nine essential amino acids; they’re a prebiotic fiber (nutrition for probiotics), very high in antioxidants, a perfect Omega 3:6 balance, high in B12, Calcium, Zinc, Iron, and more. Insects are also a very bio-available food source.
Adding insects to our diet makes sense.
Insects are a whole new food group and they are an answer to the growing need for low cost and readily available protein. Insects as food is available to just about anyone anywhere.
Your foray into cooking with insects, and the social media conversations created, is what’s needed today.
That’s why Cricket Powder is so essential. It’s an easy way to introduce insects into your diet. Crickets are nutritious, raised humanely, sustainably, and have a pleasant and mild flavor.
You can eat healthily and help change the perception of traditional foods that include insects as being the food of the poor. Your posts and conversations about your edible insect experiences are invaluable.
To make Cricket Flour, mix Cricket Powder with regular baking powder at a 1:4 ratio or 20% Cricket Powder to 80% baking flour. Too much Cricket Powder will make baked foods a bit hard and chewy.
Chocolate Chips & Chirps Cookie Recipe
1 cup white sugar
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons hot water
½ teaspoon salt
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cups cricket flour
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup chopped walnuts
- Step 1
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
- Step 2
Mix the flour and cricket powder stirring well until the cricket flour mix is an even light brown.
- Step 3
Mix the butter, white sugar, and brown sugar until it’s nice and smooth.
- Step 4
Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla.
- Step 5
Dissolve the baking soda in hot water and add it to the batter along with the salt.
- Step 6
Stir in flour, chocolate chips, and if you want — whole roasted crickets (optional, of course).
- Step 7
Drop large spoonfuls onto an ungreased pan (s).
- Step 8
In the preheated oven, bake for 10 minutes or until edges are noticeably browned.
- Step 9
Let sit for at least ten minutes after removing from the oven.
- Step 10
Enjoy your Chocolate Chip and Chirp Cookies!
Please Note: People who are allergic to shellfish may be allergic to bugs.
For an in-depth read on edible insects, check out the UN’s FAO publication “Edible Insects — Future prospects for food and feed security.”