Sometimes, I just crave a certain sort of food. Today I wanted to eat eggs and cheese. So, I decided just to make an omelette and throw pieces of cheese inside. To that I added an item I’ve been wanting to try Roasted Cricket Jerky.
Now you might think that this meal is full of protein and lacking everything else, not the healthiest menu. And you’re right, it’s clearly not a complete meal, but it’s what I wanted to eat. As I have said before, the 60 day challenge is about adding insects into your meals and everyday life. Not changing all your habits.
I know a lot of my readers are U.S. Americans, so you guys know what a jerky is, but I for one, had no idea what it really was, I mean I heard about it, I knew it was meat, but that’s all. For those who don’t know what a jerky is, it’s basically dried and salted meat, usually beef.
As for the taste, I’m not going to describe my omelette and cheese. The jerky on the other hand taste like a crispy thing with barbecue sauce.
It really doesn’t look great, it looks like pieces of rotten wood that I’d usually give to my inverts, you can even see bits of crickets here and there. At the end, I even found myself with a whole cricket just lying there. But if you close your eyes, it actually tastes good. Now, I’m even curious as to what regular beef jerky tastes like.
This product actually comes all the way from the United-States, as it’s from Entosense.
Now EntoSense is a really interesting company, first of all, it’s the only company in the U.S. who is allowed to import insects for human consumption, that’s why they have a huge diversity in their products. You can find any sort of product and any sort of insect on their website: here.
Even though they are licenced to import, they don’t want to stop there, they want to start breeding their own insects, crickets, mealworms, super-worms, cockroaches…
And let’s get to the interesting part, their goal is to raise awareness about insects, at EntoSense, not only are they interested in making bugs a part of the American diet, they are also trying to teach people about insects. In fact, they have several branches, EntoSense, EntoVida, EntoMarket, EntoEducation and so on…
They believe that for people to accept insects, the way to go is education. And a lot of adults already have their mind made up, you need to teach children the benefit of insects to their health, and the environment. They do a great job juggling between teaching important stuff about insects and promoting entomophagy at the same time.
I had the luck to speak to Camden a consultant for EntoSense who also spoke French, and we spent ages on the phone because he was so passionate about insects and their mission there.
Anyways, if you’re looking for something a little more exotic than mealworms and crickets and you live in the U.S. go check out their website: here.
Rating time! On a scale from 1 to 10:
- The Original Roasted Cricket Jerky is worth 7/10. It’s actually quite hard to rate something you’ve never eaten before, because what do you compare it to? In the end I settled for 7/10 because I liked it and it made me curious and want to try more.
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