Entomophagy

Aline

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Hello all !
I have become very interested in entomophagy starting a few years ago and would love to discuss it with fellow spider-keepers :)

I was wondering if store-bought crickets would be ok for human consumption? Does anyone here breed crickets or other invertebrates for human consumption or has ocasionally eaten some from their breeder?
I can find dryed-out crickets and cricket powder in stores close to my house and have used them for many recipies, but haven't seen any other insects for sale. Are any other spider feeders good for human consumption?

Thanks ! :)
 

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I mean... my dubias get fed with Bug Grub, which seems similar to what they’re shipped and presumably fed on before reaching me. However, Bug Grub does say not for human consumption and after touching to wash hands etc. So. I dunno to be honest. Just remember whatever the feeder eats, you’re then eating, too. And there’s not really a way of knowing this unless you breed them yourself.
 

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I ate a petco mealworm once. It tasted ok, and I'm not dead. Think they're raised on cheap grains, but who knows what else is in there, I suppose.

Raising these animals is pretty cheap and straightforward. If you wanted to try just one I doubt you'd be harmed. I don't think it's a great idea to make store bought feeder insects a regular part of your diet.
 

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Raise them yourself and feed them fresh foods that you would eat.
I don't see any issue with it if they are cooked.

I don't eat feeders but always joke that my roach bins would be helpful in an apocalypse.
 

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You will have MUCH less luck with cricket palatability than roaches. Roaches are a more nutty taste like cicadas. Crickets are so ammonia based it will taste like eating a handful of cat pee. You can dry them but you will have to purge them first. Too much trouble for such a small turnout.
 

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I've tried a wide variety of dried insects (there are several online vendors and I basically got the leftovers from a class I was the TA for). Not a fan of silkworm pupae, but I liked the rest (crickets, mealworms, giant water bugs, some scarabs and their grubs, etc.). Makes for a heck of a stirfry! I think if you're farming them yourself there shouldn't be any issue. Though I've got some mealworms chewing through styrofoam that I probably wouldn't eat just in case.
 

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You will have MUCH less luck with cricket palatability than roaches. Roaches are a more nutty taste like cicadas. Crickets are so ammonia based it will taste like eating a handful of cat pee. You can dry them but you will have to purge them first. Too much trouble for such a small turnout.
I can't raise roaches, I am in Canada. But I have eaten store-bought crickets many time and they tasted fine !
 

Aline

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I've tried a wide variety of dried insects (there are several online vendors and I basically got the leftovers from a class I was the TA for). Not a fan of silkworm pupae, but I liked the rest (crickets, mealworms, giant water bugs, some scarabs and their grubs, etc.). Makes for a heck of a stirfry! I think if you're farming them yourself there shouldn't be any issue. Though I've got some mealworms chewing through styrofoam that I probably wouldn't eat just in case.
Which online vendors did you get them from if I may ask? Are the vendors specific for human consumption?
 

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@richard22 has done some rather extensive experimenting with commonly available feeder insects as human food sources, perhaps he could shed some light on your query @Aline?

Thanks,

Arthroverts
 

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Which online vendors did you get them from if I may ask? Are the vendors specific for human consumption?
I'll try to find them again, it was years ago that I did it. All were for human consumption, though with certain taxa it's hard to say how specific it really is.
 
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