If you are the adventurous sort, you can try our recipe for dry roasted crickets and enjoy an interesting source of protein. Dry roasted crickets would also make great snacks for a Fear Factor type party or event!
Dry roasted crickets can be used as a convenient food for certain types of insect eating lizards that accept non moving prey.
Dry Roasted crickets would also work quite well as an alternative for those feeding bugs to wild birds such as Bluebirds. If you are feeding live mealworms to your Bluebirds or feeding either Mealie Snax Dry Roasted Mealworms or Wax Snax Dry Roasted Wax Worms try them on some Dry Roasted Crickets.
It is important to know that once insects die, postmortem changes happen rapidly making them unpalatable very quickly. You have to cook them alive like you do a lobster.
Just before cooking, put your crickets in the refrigerator until you are ready to roast them. You donít want to kill them, only slow their metabolism down so that they stop moving. This allows for arranging them on the cookie sheet with out them trying to get away.
Preheat oven to 200 degrees. Spread a bunch of pre cooled live crickets out on a cookie sheet. Bake at low temperature for an hour or more until completely dry. Test by crushing a dried cricket with your fingers. If they do not seem completely dried out, roast them some more. However, be careful not to burn them as they taste terrible scorched! Let cool.
Dry Roasted Crickets have a nutty flavor and are very good eaten plain with a sprinkle of salt. They are also very tasty as a substitute for nuts in dessert and cookie recipes. Dry Roasted Crickets can also be blended into flour to be added to bread flours to make lots of different recipes.
We sell Live Crickets. See Live Crickets to order crickets.
Did you know that there are different types of crickets? See Common Crickets to learn more about the common species of crickets.
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