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GORP w/Crickets, the Ultimate Trail Mix


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“There’s no reason we shouldn’t be eating bugs,” says Daniella Martin, author of Edible: An Adventure into the World of Eating Insects and the Last Great Hope to Save the Planet. “They’re incredibly nutritious, they have far higher levels of vitamins like zinc, B-12, and calcium than most animal meat. The slaughtering and processing process are very humane and they can be raised and slaughtered much closer to urban areas than other meat can."

Plus, they're lightweight. A cup of roasted crickets weighs about an ounce, while the same amount of peanuts tips the scale at more than a quarter of a pound. For those of us trying to lighten our loads—both in our packs and on the planet—these little arthropods are a pretty attractive snack.

In theory I agree with him but for some reason I just don't want to eat crickets.

When cooked, crickets taste something like a cross between a pumpkin seed and an almond. They're crunchy and salty with just a hint of sweetness. And unlike peanuts, when you pull out crickets mid-hike, you're less likely to send your hiking partner into anaphylactic shock—although, it may send them into another type of shock. But that’s not your problem, is it?

Recipes at the link above.

Unlike peanuts?!

So are crickets really a solution to World Hunger?

They are one solution.

in oaxaca they sell "chapulines" which are crickets baked in spice.  they are sold in baskets in the markets, organized in various sizes: babies, teenagers, jumbos.  they don't taste all that bad, but really, munching on crickets, getting their legs stuck in your teeth... it's hard to swallow.

Cricket powder fixes that problem. Unfortunately, still crickets. 

cricket powder!  you might be on to something there, adam.

It already exists!

holy smokes!  i might just have to buy some.

(SMOKED crickets?  hmmm....)

Smoked cricket burgers might be tasty. With BBQ sauce.

Also: 10 burgers = 1 year of showers.

Geege, crickets are a solution to water shortage!

I guess it just takes a while to get mentally used to the idea. 

Cricket powder seems like a good start. 

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