Edible insects may sound like an oxymoron to some people. Most insects are edible and are lower in fat and higher in protein than beef or pork. It may surprise you, but these insects can be tasty. If you can't stomach eating them whole, add insect flour to bread and other dishes.
The most common insect is the Acheta domestica, according to the Carolina Pet Supply website. You can buy them at pet shops, at bait shops and from commercial cricket breeders. Crickets come in many sizes, including the 1/8-inch-long "pinhead" cricket. Crickets' nutritional value largely depends on what they eat. The Carolina Pet Supply website also says that crickets are made up of approximately 69% moisture, 21% protein, 6% fat and 3% carbohydrates, and they contain about 21mg of calcium. A high-quality diet, including mealworms and dandelions, can improve their nutritional value even more.
People around the world enjoy 2,000 variety of ants as a snacks and delicacies. Large leafcutter ants are a delicacy in Colombia, according to the Alternatives Journal website. They are easy to raise and breed in a big house or apartment. You can use an ant farm for breeding and feeding your ants. One of the most popular recipes on the Internet is the ant brood tacos. These insects have just as much protein as beef or chicken, and have even more iron, zinc, niacin, thiamine and riboflavin.
Mealworms aren't just for crickets. Humans enjoy them as well. The more nutritious food you feed them, the more nutritious your mealworms will be. You can find mealworms at your pet store or through a mail-order supply store. Raising them can be fairly easy since they're small, but patience is necessary. You will also be required to do the harvesting, separating, replacing the food and cleaning out the waste.
These beetles live in flour or in other grains. The female beetles will lay their eggs in the flour. The adults can live as long as six months to three years. These beetles are very easy to breed and rear indoors. Rearing involves putting white flour into a rearing vessel and adding the insects. You can also use whole wheat flour and cornmeal. You want to place two to six inches of flour into the vessel and then add the insects. Don't stir it too much, or the beetles will produce a slightly unpleasant odour. Also, you may already have beetles in your flour. A hand lens is necessary to look for the beetles,since they are small. You will now have insect flour that you can use for bread, baking or other dishes.