Bugs provide a surprisingly crunch protein source. They present a key food source in developing countries and some varieties are considered a delicacy in developed countries, such as Mexico. Some of the world’s greatest chefs declared it a mission to get every palate, especially American palates, to accept bugs as a food source, reports Time magazine. If you want to try something new a different, explore these ideas for bugs as an ingredient.
Creepy, crawly, tasty
If you live in the southwest U.S., you have ready access to Tarantulas, so why not deep fry them? Chef David George Gordon freezes the spiders to kill them, then removes the stomach – a not so tasty fluid-filled sack. Use a butane torch to singe of the body hairs. From there, it’s like making vegetable tempura. Dip each tarantula in your favorite tempura batter and fry in hot oil. If you like the way it turned out, read Gordon’s book “Eat-a-Bug Cookbook: 40 Ways to Cook Crickets, Grasshoppers, Ants, Water Bugs, Spiders, Centipedes, and Their Kin” for more recipes and ideas.
Ah, so grasshopper
If you love Mexican food, try something traditional. Mexico has 398 species of edible insects. Chef Karen Barroso recommends trying a traditional snack mix that includes a grasshopper type called chapuline. You can find them in the U.S., too. Sauté the chapulines in chile de arbol oil with garlic cloves, sea salt and Spanish peanuts. How traditional is it? Visit Oaxaca, Mexico and you’ll find this snack in the markets and served in bars with mezcal.
Chef Aaron Sanchez of the New Orleans restaurant Johnny Sanchez says the grasshopper takes the place of bacon bits in Mexican dishes. To use them as a topping, thoroughly clean the chapulines, then toast them. Sanchez uses a comal, a traditional Mexican griddle. Add chili and lime as they toast for flavor.
Turning the tides and eating bugs doesn’t work with every species though. Mosquitos still munch on humans and termites munch on your home. If you have a problem with bugs and need pest control assistance in Alabama, call the Birmingham exterminator with more than 50 years experience, Vulcan Termite and Pest Control. Quick action against termites minimizes the damage to your home. The Vulcan team includes a board certified entomologist who ensures our exterminators remain on the cutting edge of pest control and can suggest recipe sources. The chemicals exterminators use mean you can’t eat the insects killed. You’ll still need to make a trip to the market before your spring BBQ, but Birmingham exterminator, Vulcan, can help rid your yard of unwanted mosquitoes. Your family and friends can enjoy your creative cookery on a sturdy deck assured of receiving zero mosquito bites.