The shipping boxes are only designed to hold them for about days. The best way to house your crickets is to purchase a tote from your local dollar store. The tote should be at least two feet high. Poke mid-to-large holes in the top lid. It is also a good idea to stick clear tape, the type used to package items for shipping, to tape a line around the top edge the tote, at about two inches from the top of the tote - makes it too slippery for the crickets to get out.
Below you will find a list of North American companies producing edible insects in various forms - from snack bites to protein powder to roasted whole. Start wherever you're comfortable. Are you ready to eat some insects?
Raising insects for human consumption uses far less water, land, and food than livestock, and insects emit almost no greenhouse gases.
Then come the Rhino beetles, black and yellow scorpions, and Queen Weaver ants! Fortunately, companies promoting entomophagy, or insect-eating, have devised a number of ways to sell their products.
You can now buy a wide range of insect products, some more processed than others, that may or may not remind you of the fact that they contain insects. I have compiled a list of North American sources for purchasing insects online. There are many more selling insects in innovative ways in Europe than here, but these can involve costly shipping.
This list is not comprehensive and product lines evolve rapidly as research dollars and interest in insects grows. They are little, nutrition-packed balls, loaded with protein, calcium, iron, and omega-3 fats.
Gluten-free with no added sugar. You can order many flavors, including chocolate chili, pecan peach, and almond goji berry, online.
Six Foods Six Foods combines bugs with beans to make tasty tortilla-like chips that come in cheddar, sea salt and BBQ flavors. Made with cricket flour, Chirps Chips are sustainable and nutritious.
Order online. Wondering why it's a good idea? There's 10g of protein per 1 cup, half the saturated fat compared to beef, one third less cholesterol compared to beef, three times the vitamin B12 of beef. From the website: "It's good for you and great for the planet.
Every jar of our sauces saves over litres gallons of water compared to a beef-based sauce.
Exo makes only cricket protein bars and does a very good job doing it. The product is delicious and comes in a range of sweet and savory flavors. My family has been eating Exo bars for the past several months and enjoyed them. Read my review here. It only makes protein powder, which comes in 3 flavors — vanilla, sweet vanilla, and chocolate.
You can order online.
The company sells cricket flour and whole-roasted crickets. Bitty Bitty makes all-purpose, grain-free, and high-protein baking flours that are a blend of milled crickets, cassava flour, coconut flour, and tapioca starch. Thinksect This U. For example, the crickets are never exposed to pesticides, tended daily, hibernated prior to processing, and every batch has mandatory bacteriological tests.
Check out the recipe section with mouthwatering photos. Griopro Griopro sells the finest, lightest-colored, most functional cricket powder on the market. It can be used in a wide range of ways, from protein shakes to baked goods.
One-pound bags are available, as well as larger quantities. You can also cook them to eat them as chips with different flavours like BBQ, salt and pepper, paprika or lime and chili. Entomo Farms Entomo Farms is a bigwig in the entomophagy world, selling lots of different products.
It also carries a full line of edible insect products from certified producers, including cricket powder. Internet orders must be made over email. See website for more details.