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A Meal That Makes You Glad You Have Leftovers From Thanksgiving

This entry is part of a series, Follies 2011»

Moth Caterpillar

I hope you had a great Thanksgiving, and that you’re now trying to figure out what to do with the leftovers. Well, maybe this will sharpen your appetite for a Dagwood sandwich of turkey, ham, dressing, cranberry sauce and gravy…

A freshman at the University of Chicago, Matthew Krisiloff by name, has decided Americans need help. Eating bugs, that is. He’s trying to help insects lose that specific cachet that has us saying “Eeewwww!” when we’re offered a delicious helping of them. Cooked. In place of Real Man food, in particular. He’s started Entom Foods specifically with that mission.

You see, he’s learned that it’s the crunchy bits we don’t enjoy: Legs, eyes, wings, exoskeleton; stuff like that. So he’s developing methods to remove these unsavory pieces, leaving behind only the tastiest, creamiest elements. And then he’s turning them into insect cutlets. Entom plans to market crickets, mealworms and grasshoppers, which are already commercially farmed for animal feed. (And now you know what that turkey ate to get so fat.)

The entrepreneurial young fellow is investigating processes used in the shellfish industry as possible starting points for his methods. Unfortunately, insects, while small, would still need incisions to get into the body cavities to get the prime meat out. (I wonder if he’s applied for government funding under the jobs growth act? Bug-cutter; what a career.) He’s also on a mission to get people to eat more insects in their food, as they have similar nutritional value as beef and take less feed to produce the same mass of meat. Frankly, all he has to do is get the USDA to look the other way on the peanut butter thing and we’ll all be eating a lot more bug parts.

Krisiloff says the tastiest bug he’s eaten so far is the male bee larva. “They taste kind of like a combination of honey and bacon. They’re very tasty. You just sauté them, you don’t even have to add any seasonings or anything.” Well, okay; why didn’t you mention the bacon thing earlier? And I bet once he figures out how to get them onto sticks he’ll corner the Real Man market too.

I swear, you cannot make this stuff up…

Enjoy the (Gnarly Grasshopper Grub) Heat!

Entries in this series:
  1. Friday Follies: Weirdest Snacks, Dumb (and Hungry) Burglars, and Why Google is Like Bananas
  2. Friday Follies: Cakes That Make You Laugh (Maybe), and Which Food Best Represents Your State
  3. Friday Follies: Green Bugs to Replace Red Meat On Your Plate?
  4. Friday Follies: How to Pour a Beer Every Second (Almost)
  5. How Beer Saved the World (and, You Heard It Here First!)
  6. Friday Follies: Become a Professional Beer Expert (And You Thought All You Had to Do Was Drink)
  7. What's for Dinner Gets Automated, In a Weird Sort of Way
  8. Follies Extra: Is That a Chile Pepper On Your Plate, or Are You Just Happy to See Me?
  9. Friday Follies: Oh, You Wanted the Mayo On the Side, Eh?
  10. Friday Follies: Eating Like a Monk During Lent
  11. Friday Follies: O No, You Got a Spork in the Salad Shooter!
  12. Friday Follies: Food Network Now Wants to Play Ball
  13. Friday Follies: Chile Underground Voted Number One Food Blog
  14. Friday Follies: Beer, It's What's for Breakfast
  15. Friday Follies: The End of the World is Nigh, and Bacon is to Blame
  16. Virtual Reality Gives “Cookie Monster” a Whole New Meaning
  17. Friday Follies: Do-It-Yourself Egg Art, and That’s No Yolk
  18. Burger Follies: A Fight Over Killer Burgers, In-N-Out in Texas, and Burger America Goes Second Edition
  19. Friday Follies: Once I Saw These, I Didn’t Stand a Ghost of a Chance…
  20. Friday Follies: Peppers Help Preggers to Pop
  21. Follies: Barbeque That Goes Where You Go, All Day Long
  22. Follies: How to Carry Your Liquor, and Don’t Do’s at the Bar
  23. Going to China for the Aquatics Championships? Don’t Eat the Pork…
  24. Zesty Chili Doesn’t Make Lingerie More Exciting for One Woman
  25. Follies: Edible Clay, Eu de Play-Doh, and a Website You Can’t Live Without
  26. Important News Concerning Two Essential Food Groups: Beer and Hamburgers
  27. Follies Extra: A Multitude of Uses for Beer (Besides Drinking)
  28. Chocolate’s Better’n Carrots, But Is Miracle Whip Really Good for Your Love Life?
  29. Who Says Lutherans Don’t Know How to Party? Watch This…
  30. There’s Something Big Stirring at UMass…
  31. Salsa Proves Too Hot for Owner; He’s Smoked…
  32. Would You Like Some Al Yankovic With That Veal Cordon Bleu? And Other Food-Music News
  33. A Salmagundi of Savory Silliness
  34. Doritos Situation Grave, and (Lust for) Alcohol Makes You Stupid
  35. “A Bear Walked Into a Grocery…” And It’s No Joke…
  36. French Ban Ketchup? This Means War! Again…
  37. Armadillo as Weapon, Bar Fun With Guns, and Another Humongous Burger
  38. Pizza as Vegetable? Okay; Why Not Chocolate, or Cheez Whiz, or Kool Whip, or …
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