Preparing Raw Crickets

Crickets should only be purchased from reliable sources; crickets raised for bait or pet food may have higher levels of pathogens or traces of heavy metals from their feedstock.

Crickets should be treated much in the same manner as any other raw food, particularly shellfish. It’s best to keep crickets fresh as possible – so keep them frozen until you’re ready to use them.

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Fish and chirps? Crickets make leap in demand as a protein

Fish and chirps? Crickets make leap in demand as a protein

By LISA RATHKE
Associated Press
Jan 13, 10:40 AM EST

WILLISTON, Vt. (AP) — At Tomorrow’s Harvest farm, you won’t find acres of land on which animals graze, or rows of corn, or bales of hay. Just stacks of boxes in a basement and the summery song of thousands of chirping crickets.

It’s one of a growing number of operations raising crickets for human consumption that these farmers say is … Read the rest

Iowa resident starts cricket farm for human consumption

KEVIN HARDY

The Des Moines Register

EYSTONE, Iowa — Like many farmers, Becky Herman bounces from enclosure to enclosure, feeding and watering her livestock.

There are thousands of them, but Herman knows some well enough to assign them human traits. Those two over there are bullies, she says.

And though she’s new at this gig, Herman has already learned not to name her stock, lest she grow

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Pittsburgh Culinary School Is Cooking With Crickets

Dave Crawley

WFMY News 2

January 17, 2016

 

Pittsburgh, PA — Chef Shawn Culp and culinary students at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh prepare a four course meal. Common ingredient? Crickets.

“What we have here basically is culinary entomology,” says Culp, the chairman of AIP’s culinary department.

Frozen crickets were shipped here by Big Cricket Farms of Youngstown, Ohio. Founder Kevin Bachhuber says they’re raised in plastic boxes.

“The … Read the rest

Eating Insects. Overcoming the Western Yuck Factor to Harvest Benefits

By Lisa Lupo

August 13, 2015
Quality Assurance Magazine

Most food companies are concerned with insects as adulterants in the products they produce. But a new wave of food products is intentionally including insects and labeling them as a key ingredient in the food. To expose the industry to this evolving food option, this QA Profile focuses on the breeding and manufacturing of insects as human food, its founding as … Read the rest

Criadores de insectos comestibles buscan mayor eficiencia en la producción

By Alicia Clegg

El Economista

July 15th, 2015

Big Cricket Farms en Ohio ha ideado un sistema de bombeo para el riego de las crías de grillos sin ahogarlos, e incorpora tecnología del siglo XXI. “Utilizamos impresión en 3D para la mayor parte de nuestra creación de prototipos”, dice el cofundador Kevin Bachhuber. Otras preocupaciones de los criadores de insectos que trabajan para mejorar la eficiencia incluyen modificar los entornos … Read the rest

Can insects go from pests to popular snack foods?

AP Wire

The Washington Post

April 16th, 2015

 

They hop. They crawl. They squirm. And they could be coming to a dinner plate near you.

An increasing number of “entopreneurs” are launching businesses to feed a growing appetite for crickets, mealworms and other edible insects. (“Ento” comes from the Greek word for insect.)

These upstarts are trying to persuade more Americans to eat bugs, which can be produced with … Read the rest

Are Insects the Next Climate-Friendly Superfood?

Are Insects the Next Climate-Friendly Superfood?

Ecowatch.com

March 19th, 2015

 

Maybe you’ve see little cans of chocolate-covered ants or grasshoppers in the exotic food section of your grocery and thought to yourself, “Yuck—who eats that?” Insects may not come to mind when you think of superfoods. But they could be the next hot “alternative” protein. They’re low in fat and loaded with fiber.

You might be surprised to learn you may have … Read the rest

A Bug’s Life

Issue: March/April 2015
By Sheehan Hannan

Maybe it was the hot dog they rode in on — or the India pale ale that washed it all down.

Somehow, at Suzie’s Dogs and Drafts in downtown Youngstown, being served crickets won’t prompt a call to the health inspector. In fact, they’re one of the shop’s more popular toppings, and Kevin Bachhuber, the guy who supplies them, is a regular.… Read the rest

Was Wirtschaft treibt: Lecker Grillen-Kekse

By Steffan Heuer

Brand Eins

February 20th, 2015

„Ich habe ein grundsätzliches Problem mit Leuten, die mich aus Kalifornien anrufen, Geld investieren wollen und mir dann etwas von Dingen wie Disruption und Scaling up erzählen wollen“, sagt Kevin Bachhuber. Landwirtschaft, erzählt er seinen Gesprächspartnern dann, sei das genaue Gegenteil von dem, was man im Silicon Valley verehre: „Da tritt man nicht plötzlich auf den Plan, schmeißt mit Geld um sich … Read the rest