Proteins tips

Do not eat raw meat, especially of carnivores because of trichinae risk. This hair worm lives in the gut of certain mammals (pigs..) And can come in the meat.
Grasshoppers and worms are easier to outwit and overpower. Brightly colored or hairy bugs or toads, strange looking fish: hands off.
Skin of frogs and salamanders are often toxic.

Eating insects: mini bites

insectenetenInsects (Insecta) are a class of arthropods (Arthropoda). Of these largest group of animals are almost a million species described.
They are identified by the (not always visible) three main parts: head, thorax (chest) and abdomen. At the head are the eyes, jaw parts and antennae. The thorax has legs and possibly wings. The abdomen contains the digestive, excretory, and reproductive organs, and a large part of the respiratory system, trachea or breathing tubes.
The propagation of insects is usually done by fertilization and outside the mother's body developing eggs.
Most insects make a transformation or metamorphosis by development from respectively larva or nymph to imago (adult insect).

Eating insects
On 23 September 2006, 1,747 people from Wageningen University established a world record eating insects. There were fried grasshoppers and mealworms (larvae of Yellow Mealworm (Tenebrio molitor)), fried with garlic, salt and pepper and tarts with mealworms on the map.

In 98 countries are insects on the menu. Eighty percent of the world eats 'fruits de terre' (earth fruit).
In Central Africa are insects for 70 to 90 percent of the population on the menu.
There are approximately 1,400 species of insects that are edible to humans. Of these, we find 24% in the Americas, 24% in Asia, 38% in Africa and only 2% in Europe.
If we in the West eat insects, it is usually by accident. However, they cannot be avoided in the production and processing of food. According to the official guidelines in the United States may therefore:
“Frozen Broccoli count 60 aphids, 200 grams of tomato ketchup contain three fruit fly larvae, 25 grams of curry powder 100 insect fragments, a tin of 100g mushrooms contain 74 mites ; 1 ounce fig paste 13 insect heads and 1 ounce of raisins contain 34 fruit flies."

Edible insects are with a content of 40 to 70 percent highly nutritious proteins in comparison with, for example maize, which has a protein content of only 10%.

There is up to four times more biomass below the ground than cattle that grazes on top.
For one kilogram of meat you have to give an animal ten kilogram of food. For one kilogram of cricket meat that is only two kilogram of food. You can also harvest much more efficient: from a cow we eat only 55 percent, from a cricket 80 percent.

100g dried insect meat contains from 30 to 70 grams protein, and 4 to 60 grams of fat, which is comparable with beef and pork. In addition, insects are also packed with vitamins and minerals!

Insects are typically fried for consumption. What is on the menu?

Grasshoppers and crickets (all types), are relatively rich in protein
mealworms (let run a day on clean rusk in order to defecate)
earthworms (a day to crawl on moss)
Caterpillars: intestinal contents is squeezed, and the caterpillars are boiled and dried in the sun
honeybees (from larva to adult species, cooking to neutralize their poison)
Wasps of all insects have the highest protein content: 81%! In Mexico, they are widely used in dishes. Wasp larvae and eggs were eaten as a delicacy by Chinese royalty.
termites
fly larvae or maggots (scoop them from the meat, wash and then cook and you have a very filling meal.)
beetle larvae
locusts
cockroaches


A very efficient method to catch cockroaches is the “Vegas roach trap". This is a glass jar with a narrow opening, partially filled with coffee grounds and some water. The exterior can be covered with rough tape, so La Cucaracha can easier climb inside. The “Vegas roach trap” is bug -friendly as other insects are not attracted.

Earthworms (Lumbricidae)
Worms contain proteins with many essential amino acids. You can find them everywhere in moist, humus-rich soil and under stones and wood, or in the compost heap.
They may after a day of fasting or after the intestinal contents is squeezed out be eaten raw. You can also put them a few minutes in clean and potable water so that they rinse themselves.
Worms can be dried and pulverized to use e.g. in soup. Dried they are while tenable.

Casu Marzu (Sardinian for rotten cheese) is fermented, even tainted unpasteurized sheep milk eaten by worms and transformed into cheese. The maggots are colorless, approximately eight millimeters tall and can jump up to 15 centimeters. Appreciated by lovers.


Junebug soup was eaten until mid last century in France and Germany, the taste is a bit like lobster soup.
Discard the beetles wings and legs, searing in butter and cook in boiling beef or chicken broth. The soup is cleaned through a sieve and served as a broth, or beetles are first crushed in a mortar, and the soup is rubbed and bound with a roux and some egg yolks.


“Put some sugar and fresh cream on a fly and she tastes like a blueberry.”(Edgar Watson Howe)

I used to be a doubter, but now I am no longer sure.