Meet the Man Making Beer Salt Out of Crickets

Meet the Man Making Beer Salt Out of Crickets

“It’s a seasoning blend made with roasted ground cricket, sea salt and spices. Made by none other than myself. It works really well as a beer salt.” – Mark Nagy. 

Mark – my man – you’ve truly outdone yourself! After my interview with with the Cadesky brothers about their mouth-watering bolognese sauce, I’ve been obsessed with products out there that normalize insects as ingredients. What better way to bring edible insects to the masses than in the trojan horses of foods we already know and love?  …On second thought, trojan horses may be a bad comparison. These foods are not hiding their special ingredient – Nagy’s product is called Sal de CRICKET for goodness sake – but they are certainly changing the way we think about insects and food.

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Insects as Ingredients: One Hop Kitchen Revolutionizes Bolognese Sauce

Insects as Ingredients: One Hop Kitchen Revolutionizes Bolognese Sauce

Big. Bold. Beautiful. Saucy.

I could easily be describing your dream girl. Or I could be lauding the incredible flavor profile of my new favorite bolognese sauces. One Hop Kitchen has created the world’s first best, and only insect based bolognese sauce using crickets and mealworms.

As they tout on their website, their sauces have big bolognese flavor with a tiny environmental footprint. Replacing beef with insect protein makes a huge difference. One jar of One Hop Kitchen’s bolognese saves 1900 L of water compared to beef (that’s 18 bathtubs). Livestock rearing is responsible for 18% of green house gas emissions – anything we can do to lower our reliance on livestock is a step in the right direction. Ok we know that eating insects is good for our health, and that of the environment, but what makes One Hop Kitchen so special?

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15 Reasons Why People Who Eat Insects Are Saving The World and Themselves

15 Reasons Why People Who Eat Insects Are Saving The World and Themselves

1. Insects are more sustainable and ethical than chicken, pork, or beef…maybe even fish!

2. The UN has advocated for eating insects

3. Growing grain and then feeding it to animals so we can in turn eat them is incredibly inefficient.

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Should Vegans Eat Insects?

Should Vegans Eat Insects?

When I’ve told some of my friends about my slightly unusual hobby of cooking insects, they replied with a,   “Oh man…that’s why I’m a vegan…” This, dear vegan friends, brings up an interesting inquiry: If the ultimate goal of a vegan is to reduce the harm done to animals, then an exclusively plant-based diet is not the answer.

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