Cooking with… insects?
It’s hard to picture insects and arachnids as anything more than bothersome pests that disrupt barbeques, cause painful stings and frankly, freak many of us out. But, it may be time to start welcoming these creatures into your life….and on your plate.
The Latest Food Trend
Sweet and salty snacks, blackened seafood, alternative milks and bug burgers? Believe it or not, these are all popular food trends this year and yes, insects have solidified a spot in the culinary industry. Concerns about feeding the world’s ever-growing population and the efforts of some courageous foodies have given new purpose to these creepy crawlers.
The health benefits of this “alternative food source” can’t be denied, either. While the Huffington Post reports that eating insects can combat obesity, you should also know that many pests are protein, lipid and calorie-rich, and are also packed with many essential vitamins and minerals. Pair that with their abundant availability and low cost and how can you resist?
Calling all Cooks!
Many cooks swear by the delicious flavor of insects if you can prepare them correctly. It all comes down to ignoring the very spine-tingly reality that you are in fact eating bugs. But, if you can get past it, you may be in for a delicious treat.
In case you’re feeling a little adventurous, here is a great BEE-LT recipe from Girl Meets Bug:
• Bee larvae
• 1 egg white
• 1 tsp butter
• 1/4 tsp honey
• 1 tomato
• 1 leaf lettuce
• 2 slices of bread
• 1 tbsp mayonnaise
• 1 pinch salt
In a small pan, sauté the bee larvae in the butter, salt and honey. Once the larvae have become golden brown and slightly crispy, remove from the heat and add them to the egg whites. Toss the mixture around until the egg white completely coats the larvae and then bind them into a small pattie.
Return the pattie to the sauté pan and cook until the egg white has set and is completely cooked.
Add the patty to a slice of toasted bread. Spread with mayonnaise. Then, add a thick slice of tomato and lettuce on top. Cover the sandwich with another piece of toasted bread and enjoy!
For some reason, we don’t think “It tastes like chicken” will quite cut it.
Keeping Pests off Your Plate and Out of Your Home
Keep in mind, this isn’t a recommendation for you to go out into your own backyard to gather your next meal. Common fertilizers, unknown allergies, and poisonous critters can make for an unhealthy and potentially dangerous dish. If you’re serious about incorporating insects into your diet, do a lot of research, consult your doctor and buy from a reputable supplier.
Do you have unwanted pests on your plate?
Generally speaking, pests don’t belong in your kitchen. If you have a problem, call ABC today.