Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I eat crickets?
We asked the same thing! Kathy took nutrition and health courses at Montana State University and learned about Entomophagy. After learning about how the rest of the world eats insects regularly, she looked into it from a health and ethics perspective. She discovered crickets aren't only a very solid source of protein, they are also a much more ethical protein source to "farm." You can read more into that on our Why Eat Crickets Page
Does anyone else eat crickets?
Yes! It turns out that America just happens to be a bit... entophobic. 80% of the world eats bugs on a regular basis. Why doesn't America? Well, as children we were all raised to think bugs are gross. Yet the rest of the world eats them daily. Maybe it's time to hop on the cricket train?
I am a vegan, can I eat crickets?
Honestly, that really depends on why you are vegan and about 25% of our customers are vegan or vegetarian. Do you have a rule that you can't eat anything that moves? Or are you vegan for the ethical issues you see in the mass production and slaughter of animals? If you are doing it to try to help curb the effects of corporate farming on our climate, you should be grabbing a bag of cricket snacks as we speak. If you don't like the idea of consuming live animals, our crickets are definitely jumping before we make cookies out of them.
How long do crickets take to grow?
Our species of cricket, Acheta Domesticus, takes 8 weeks to reach their fully grown form. During this 8 week cycle, they go through 7 instar phases, which are like "life stages." By the 5th instar, you are able to distinguish a male from a female by several factors: a male will keep his wings past this point, when a female will often lose them. A female will also have a long antennae-like pointer coming out of her backend known as an ovipositor. After 8 weeks, we take them out of their cricket bins and begin the cricket powder process!
How many crickets are in one pound of powder?
That is a tough one to estimate! After we freeze them, dry them, and grind them, the closest number we have been able to assume is roughly 3000 crickets per one pound of powder!
Do they taste like bugs?
Well, does beef taste like cows? Yes, they're crickets! Now the best way we can describe the flavor is words like nutty, earthy, and almost fatty. The texture of dehydrated crickets can be compared to something along the lines of combining a sunflower seed with a potato chip. Plus, if you are curious to ask about the flavor, you might as well just pop one in your mouth and try it out!