In this day and age when the population is increasing scientists and people’s thoughts turn to other means of food…GM modified foods have many critics so a lot of people are looking at alternatives foods which in the past we would never have considered eating and which now due to research reveal that many are very good sources of proteins and vitamins. We just need to get over our natural ..well revulsion…Yuk instinct!
Maybe not in the Western World but in Asia and other parts of the world it is deemed quite normal to eat insects…to me, it is all relative we are creatures of learned habits …the food we eat is what our parents fed us with…some of us are more adventurous… others are damn fussy and are even revolted by vegetables…
Is the brown worm-like larvae of the Darkling Beetle and it can be a pest as the larvae feed on stored grains but they are also a good source if properly and humanely killed of protein and fat.
To prepare the mealworms for cooking:
You can either leave them for a day or two with zero food or as they take the flavour of what they eat you can give them small pieces of apple, cinnamon sticks crushed or carrot diced small.
Do avoid citrus or watery foods they DON’T work.
The next step is to freeze them for one to two days…NOT as some suggest 15 minutes as they go into a state of dormancy and do not die. Well, we all eat or have eaten food that is killed by one means or another…
Crispily fried mealworms with chilli and garlic:
Slice some chillies and finely dice some garlic. Melt some butter in a pan and add the chillies and garlic saute for 2 minutes and add mealworms. If they start to pop ….lower the heat..it is too high and then fry them until they are golden and crispy…a lovely snack.
This snack is sold on every market and all bars will offer these as a bar snack…very popular.
Banana worm bread:
- 4oz margarine.
- 6oz castor sugar
- 8oz plain flour
- 2 mashed bananas
- 1/2 cup of chopped nuts
- 1/4 cup roasted mealworms
- 2 eggs
- 1tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt.
Cream together the sugar, margarine, salt and baking soda.
Stir in the mashed bananas, nuts and, mealworms.
Put mixture into a prepared loaf tin and cook in a preheated oven at 180 degrees for 45mins to 1 hour or until a skewer comes out clean.
This bread came about as an online friend requested a recipe for worm bread…She is looking at alternative food sources and it may be that we may all at some point will need to do this. An interesting point was raised by a comment on my post that these TV programs like Get me out of the Jungle have not done eating insects as part of our diets any favours.
Just a thought worth pondering…..What do you think? Please tell me your thoughts in the comments…