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Mealworm Flour

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A high protein, healthy fat and nutrient dense food.
You can add it to your regular glutenous flours for extra protein and nutrition or in combination with gluten free flours.
I recommend using it in savory baking due to its earthy mushroom-like flavor.
This is a pretty simple Instructables. Here we go...
 
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Step 1: Using Prepared Mealworms

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Please refer to my "Insects for Food-prep. 101" Instructables to learn how to prepare live insects for human consumption.
Ok, assuming you have read and followed those instructions, you have mealworms that are dry and ready to get put into the oven for toasting.

Note: I started with 5000 mealworms and ended with just over two cups of flour

Step 2: Toasting

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Set oven to 200 degrees F.
Spread the mealworms evenly over baking sheet.
I baked my mealworms for 1 hour and 45 minutes, mixing them around every 30 minutes or so to gain the right browning and crunch. Be aware, every oven is different so keep an eye on them.
You know they are done when you can crush them to a rough powder with your thumb against a hard surface.

Step 3: Food Processor

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Let cool
When cooled a bit, put mealworms in a food processor.
Pulse at first and then go for it. It's going to take a few minutes.
You will want to stop the food processor occasionally and use a spatula to move it all around.
You will notice it will become a little oily. That is normal.
You probably wont be able to get it to a fine flour consistency without a vitamix or its equal but it has a nice consistency for hearty bread

Step 4: Flour

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There you have it. Mealworm Flour.
I recommend you vacuum seal it and store it in the freezer until you are ready to use it. A zip lock bag will do as well.
Take a taste. You will be surprised how earthy the flavor is. Like mushrooms, even if you don't cook it in a mushroom stock.
Happy baking

Thanks all and enjoy
-R
Teisha1 month ago

This is awesome. Thanks for making this project! One question though - would this method work on crickets (or grasshoppers) or do you think an extra step would be needed (due to those stiff legs)? Thank you!

BellePrepper8 months ago

Do you have the nutritional information for one cup of this stuff? I would love to know, especially since I can't seem to find information on it anywhere. Everyone should at least try eating bugs, and this is a great way to introduce yourself to it. It is delicious once you get over that initial "fear factor". Right now I have an indoor organic mealworm farm for my pets, so I figured I would give them a try frying and salting them. The only 'gross' part was that I accidently burned them!

Anyways great instructable! I look forward to more insect recipes. :)

I have no idea how much it weighs per cup, but...

Fat 27.2%, Protein 49.6%, Carbohydrates 6.9 grams/100, Calories 471 calories/100 grams

according to http://www.exoticnutrition.com/limein.html

more info at http://mealwormcare.org/recipes-nutrition/ - gives some values for both live and dried

SpringRobin8 months ago

A first I thought you were going to feed this to mealworms.. and I thought. .my daughter has mealworms....that'll save on apples and other fruit... but then I realized... oh... lol

shyrell8 months ago

Two thumbs up!

m005k8 months ago

nice info!

Crazy2dragons8 months ago

D:

flyingpuppy8 months ago
This is doing a number on my brain. It'll take a while to digest the idea....