Thursday, October 29, 2009

What's on the Menu?

Welcome, exhibition viewers. Here are the recipes you seek!

Thanks for visiting and please let me know how you liked or didn't like any components of the exhibition. It would be very helpful and I would really appreciate it.

Also, please send in pictures of your insect food creations! If you need assistance or tips from anywhere from purchasing to cooking, don't hesitate to contact me.

Leave comments, questions, suggestions, etc. on the blog, at the exhibition site or at Thank you for your participation!


Where to buy insects and how to prepare themYou can by insects from your local pet store or from online insect farms such as or You can easily start with crickets, mealworms or superworms since they are year round and the most common in the States.

1) After purchasing your insects, depending on the amount you have purchased, place them in a small plastic or glass bin (for mealworms and superworms, add 1" of bran for substrate). Feed them apples, potatoes, or carrots for at least a day or until you are ready to harvest them. Make sure that replace food before they mold. Moldy food is bad for insects and you!

2) When you are ready to harvest, take the fruit or vegetables out and allow the insects to fast for at least a day to clean out their system.

3) After fasting, place the insects into a sealable container or ziplock bag and place bag into the freezer for at least 20 minutes. Insects can also be stored in the freezer for a longer period, just like any other meat.

4) When you are ready to cook your insects, take them out of the freezer, place in a strainer, rinse under cold water, and then dab dry with a towel.


Insect FlourInstructions borrowed from here.

1) Spread your cleaned insects out on a lightly greased cookie sheet.

2) Set your oven 200 degrees and dry insects for approximately 1-3 hours.

3)When the insects are done, they should be fairly brittle and crush easily.

4) Take your dried insects and put them into a blender or coffee grinder, and grind them till they are about consistency of wheat germ. Use in practically any recipe!

Try sprinkling insect flour on salads, add it to soups, your favorite bread recipe, on a boat, with a goat, etc.


Superworm Bran Muffins
Adapted from this vegan recipe.
Recipe yields approx. 60 mini-muffins

2 1/2 c wheat bran
1 1/2 c whole wheat flour
1 c brown sugar
2 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
6 tsp powdered egg replacer (like Ener-G; equivalent to 4 eggs)
1/2 c water
1 cup soymilk
1/3 cup canola oil
1/2 cup sliced almonds
1/2 cup insect superworm flour (*see INSECT FLOUR recipe)

1) Preheat oven to 400°

2) Combine dry ingredients, including superworm flour, in a large mixing bowl.

3) In a large measuring cup, whip together soymilk and canola oil.

4) Prepare egg replacer in a food processor or blender until frothy. Pour into smaller mixing bowl.

5) Slowly pour soymilk/oil mixture into egg replacer foam, stirring gently until combined. Add almonds.

6) Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients stirring until just combined. Do not over mix.

7) Spoon mixture into lightly greased or paper cup-lined muffin tin. Fill approximately 2/3 full. If you have any empty cups in your pan, fill with water to ensure even baking.


Cricket Fig Bars
Adapted from this vegan recipe.
Recipe yields approx.64 bite-sized bars.

8 ounces dried figs (one round package)
4 ounces pitted dates
2 tbsp. silvered or chopped almonds (optional)
2 drops anise extract (optional)
1 tbsp. agave nectar (or other liquid sweetener)
2 tbsp. water
1 tbsp. lemon juice
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/8 tsp. ginger

1) Snip off the figs' stems, and put the figs, dates, and almonds into the food processor.

2) Grind to a coarse paste. Stir in the remaining filling ingredients and process until mixed. Set aside.

1 cup regular or quick oats, ground in blender until fine
1 cup regular or quick oats, uncooked (not instant oatmeal)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 ounces unsweetened apple sauce
3 tbsp. agave nectar (or other liquid sweetener)
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup cricket flour (*see INSECT FLOUR recipe)

3) Preheat oven to 375 F.

4) Combine the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl.

5) Stir in the wet ingredients, mixing well to a thick consistency.

6) Press half the crust mixture into the bottom of an oiled, eight-inch square cake pan (use a wooden spoon or your hands).

7) Spread the fig mixture evenly over the crust. Smooth the remaining crust mixture over the filling.

8) Bake for about 30 minutes, or until lightly browned. Allow to cool completely before cutting into bars.


Mealworm, Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches1 jar peanut butter
1 jar fruit preserves
1 loaf bread
1/4 cup mealworm flour (*see INSECT FLOUR recipe)

1) Place peanut butter in a small bowl.

2) Mix mealworm flour into peanut butter until fully mixed.

3) Take two slices of your favorite type of bread, spread the peanut butter mixture on one slice and fruit preserves of your choice on the other slice.

4) Make them kiss.

5) Enjoy your tasty sandwich!

Sunday, October 25, 2009


Yesterday was the EAT BUG EAT! event at the Studio for Urban Projects in the Mission. I made some superworm-stuffed mushrooms and the friends of CRITTER made some taquitos gusanos with fried some live waxworms, mealworms and superworms. You can really tell the difference between frying them live and frying them when they've been frozen. Much more flavorful!

The event had a pretty successful turnout and everyone really loved the mushrooms! The tacos were really tasty as well, and waxworms are always a hit. The space was really the three bears, not too small and not too large, but just right. Thanks to Lauren and Phil again for letting me share their event with them!

Thank you all who talked to me in between the tasty bites. I didn't get to chat longer with some of you, but if you would like to chat more, please don't be shy and email me at

If anyone out there has pictures of the event, please send them my way! I didn't get as many good shots as I would of liked since I was busy toasting those mushrooms.

Thanks to all the nice people for the support and for coming and making the EAT BUG EAT! an enjoyable time.

Friday, October 16, 2009

MiniLivestock at Eat Bug Eat!

Hey everybody, MiniLivestock will be at the CRITTER's Eat Bug Eat! event at the Studio for Urban projects. RSVP to come out for some of CRITTER's wax moth larvae tacos, and appetizers from yours truly.

Eat Bug Eat!

Saturday, Oct. 24, 2009
Studio for Urban Projects
3579 17th Street (at Dolores) San Francisco, CA 94110

Monday, September 28, 2009

MiniL at the SF Zoo Photos

Check out more photos on the MiniLivestock Facebook.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Thanks for coming out to the SF Zoo!

Thank you all for stopping by the MiniLivestock booth at the SF Zoo this weekend! I'm glad I had the opportunity share my insect snacks and to have met a lot of you. I think I made quite a few MiniLivestock fans this weekend, and hope to keep in contact with those I've gotten a chance to talk to.

Also, for those who were inquiring about purchasing some Chocolate-Chip Superworm Cookies, please email orders or questions to

Pictures coming very soon! Also, if you have some pictures that you would like to add to the MiniLivestock photo gallery, please email me your pictures, friend us on Flickr, or/and join and tag us on Facebook.

Thank you all for making this an awesome weekend!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

MiniLivestock @ the SF Zoo (Sept 26-27)

Come swing by the SF Zoo to celebrate the Insect Zoo's 30th anniversary with some bug snacks!

I will be serving home-made chocolate-chip mealworm cookies and superworm chex mix at the Insect Zoo both days from 10am-4pm.

Bug Day at the SF Zoo
Saturday, Sept 26 & Sunday, Sept 27

Check out all the things to do at the Insect Zoo.
Hope to see you there!

Monday, July 27, 2009

Don't touch that dial

I'm still here! I apologize for my lack of posts. I got caught up with school, traveling, etc., but I promise I will be on the ball and posting more very soon. Hang in there mini-followers.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Randall Museum Bug Day Pics

Here are some pictures from the event yesterday. You can also see more and add us as a friend here: If there is a picture that you would like, let me know and I can send you a higher res version. Also, if you have pictures you would like to add to the Minilivestock Flickr gallery or would like to share your bug eating experience in our Mini-Stories by Mini-Readers, please don't hesitate to email
Thanks to Scott and Keith from the B.A.B.E.S. (Bay Area Bug Eating Society) for letting me hang out with them at their cooking station where they were cooking up some tasty fried mealworms and crickets. They were nice enough to share their table with Minilivestock...the free buttons, zines, recipe cards went quickly (sorry I only have a limited supply right now, but will have more at future related events and farmers markets). Check out Scott's site for more photos, stories, and nutritional bug facts.
It was nice to see families, the young, and seasoned trying out some cooked crickets and mealworms. I can say that it was widely well received, and those who were initially hesitant ended up eating a few more. It was also awesome to see some kids continuously come back to grab handfuls of bug snacks!If you missed this year's Bug Day at the Randall Museum, I highly suggest you make it out there next year. There were so many cool activities, things to see, and of course, to eat. Hopefully, this event has generated more interest in Entomophagy. If you think you may be interested in participating in future insect-eating dinners with Minilivestock, please email me. Thanks!