Cooking & Eating Mealworms For The First Time!

At last after many months of breeding and raising the mealworms I have finally got round to cooking and eating them.

I waited until I had some unsuspecting guests round so that they could be coerced into eating the mealworms as well.

So what did we all think of them…..

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The Edible Insect – Part 7 – Sorting the Mealworms

The new batch of mealworms have now grown to varying sizes up to about 2cm so it’s time to move them from the nursery into their own environments.

This video shows you how I have set up the mealworm farm to enable the beetles to continue laying their eggs but have the larger mealworms above them.

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The Edible Insect – Part 6 – A Quick Update

There are thousands of baby mealworms now and they are visible so this is just a quick update to show you how they are doing and talk about the next step.

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VIDEO: Step 4 – We Have Baby Mealworms!

The first batch of darkling beetle eggs have hatched into tiny mealworms. This generation will be fed on dehydrated organic vegetable waste from our kitchen with a view to creating a sustainable farm. Once the mealworms have reached full sizeI will start to create edible insect recipes.

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Mealworm Farm Prototype – Step 3 – Beetle Mania

mealworm farm beetle ramp
In this epidsode of The Edible Insect the mealworm farm has reached the end of the 1st lifecycle with beetles appearing and darkening.

I have been experimenting with a “beetle filter” to try and automatically seperate out the darkiling beetles from the pupae & mealworms as well as showing you the different substrates I am using: wheat bran, oats, dehydrated mixed vegetable waste & dehydrated potato skins. I’m keeping a log of these environments so I can see and share with you the growth rates of the new mealworms in each substrate.

So after this the edible generation should start hatching from eggs and they will be well on their way to providing a sustainable source of protein, vitamin B12, fibre and a whole host of other nutrients.

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Organic Mealworm Farm – Part 2, Pupation Starts

Well after watching the mealworms for what seems like weeks they finally slowed down and start pupating!

This video shows a few modifications I have made to the mealworm farm including a far simpler way to add the mesh to the bottom of a section.

I’ve also ordered a reptile heater cable as I believe the cold nights here in the UK have caused the lifecycle of the mealworms to slow down somewhat.

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Mealworm Farm Prototype – Week 1

The initial stock of pet grade mealworms have arrived and this is the prototype habitat / farm we have built to raise and breed the mealworms.

We chose stainless steel as we wanted to try and avoid plastic if at all possible.

We will now monitor the mealworms to see how this prototype performs and then make any adjustments and report back in the next video.

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The Edible Insect – An Introduction


Welcome to The Edible Insect. My name is Chris Young and I will be taking you on my journey to find out all about eating insects or “entomophagy” as it’s known.

Did you know that insects can provide very similar levels of protein and vitamin b12 as beef for a fraction of the impact on the environment?

So really the only thing that’s stopping
us eating insects is the cultural perception that insects are just a yucky thing to eat, disease carrying, etc. The reality is they’re actually cleaner than a lot of things we eat.

I mean if you eat lobster or prawns
for example they are very similar genetically to insects but they feed on the bottom on dead fish etc. and quite often on the excretor of other fish as well and we’re quite happy to eat those. So insects are actually a lot cleaner plus they are a long way away from us genetically  so it’s very difficult for them to pass over anything that’s going to cause us harm.

So they’re actually a fantastic food source and it’s really just culturally.

Now I can understand if someone gives you a
scorpion or a worm, you’re not really going to want to eat it but what if it was turned into a flour and you can just make it into bread or cake or something and get your nutritional benefits without even knowing what you are eating?

Apparently they taste great. I say
apparently because I’ve yet to taste some myself!

That’s why I wanted to start this whole
journey with you right at the beginning before I’ve even tried any.

I’m going to order some mealworms in next
week and a start raising them and take you through that process so hopefully you’ll join me and we can do this together and learn how we can not only increase our intake inexpensively, a great way to increase our intake of protein and vitamin b12 but also help the environment as well.

So I’m looking forward to taking you on that
journey. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me on Facebook, Twitter or comment on the video.

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