This October we’re featuring Halloween party food. Since we deal with pest control, we thought we’d offer an alternative to traditional pest control: eat the pests! Of course if these recipes don’t appeal to you, you can always call Thrasher Termite & Pest Control to get rid of your pests in the traditional manner. Below you’ll find a basic recipe for dry roasting insects and a Halloween twist on caramel apples.

dry roasted mealwormsDry Roasted Insects

Dry roasted insects are the staple of many introductory insect recipes. Once roasted, the insects become crunchy and palatable to most people.  Here’s our staff-tested recipe for dry roasted crickets and mealworms.

NOTE: Once insects die, they degrade very quickly, just as do crab or lobster (insects of the sea). Therefore, you must start the cooking process with live insects. Freeze your crickets and mealworms for about ten minutes before you place them in the oven. This will slow them down enough so that they will not crawl off the cooking sheet.

Method

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spread cleaned insects on paper towels on a cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes or until desired state of dryness is reached. To check the state of dryness, try crushing an insect with a spoon. If it is not completely dried out, roast some more, but don’t allow to burn. Once dry roasted, mealworms are ready to use in your recipes. Crickets must be further cleaned. Roll them between paper towels to loosen and remove the legs and antennae.

Either season your dry roasted insects with salt and a little olive oil, or use in a recipe.

We do not collect edible insects from our clients’ properties. Crickets and mealworms may be purchased on-line or from a pet store.

 

scaramelapplesScare-amel Apples

This Halloween party food recipe comes from Daniella Martin at Girl Meets Bug.

Ingredients

  • Apples
  • Caramel
  • Dry Roasted Mealworms
  • Skewers or Popsicle Sticks
  • Waxed Paper

Shove sticks into apple cores, from stem to stern, so that apples can sit upright. Melt a handful of caramels in a small pot on medium heat until gooey.  Dip apples into caramel. Once coated, remove apples, allowing excess to drip off bottom. Roll apple in roasted bugs, and set to cool on waxed paper. Refrigerate until cool. Once the caramel has hardened, you can slice the apples off the sticks just before serving. Cut in straight lines around the core, and then cut smaller pieces. Bug appetite!

For more insect food recipes, visit Daniella’s blog.

For traditional pest control, call us.