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When introducing others to the concept of eating insects, a delicious flavour goes a long way. Sadly, mealworms tend to come across as rather bland. If you feed them spices while they are still alive, however, they will readily absorb the flavour, increasing their versatility in the kitchen.
This thread is for sharing any and all experiments in flavouring mealworms in this way. The more we try, the better our chances of making the humble mealworm taste absolutely amazing!
The idea is to infuse live mealworms with different sweet or savoury spices, so they will have much more inherent flavour when the time comes to cook them. This way, they can be better matched with different sauces, dishes or ingredients.
IMPORTANT! If you experiment with feeding your mealies new spices and herbs, start with a small sample population. You do not want to accidentally kill off too many in the case of accidentally feeding them a spice that is toxic to them.
Prep feed (feed this for 2-3 days before euthanising the mealworms): 4 parts rolled oats, 2 parts wheat bran, 1 part durum wheat flour (regular wheat also works - I used durum wheat because I had some left over from making pasta), a generous sprinkling of powdered organic cinnamon. On day 2, add another sprinkling of cinnamon.
Blanching (for cinnamon-flavoured mealies): Add 250ml (1 cup) water, 2-3 tsp salt and 2tsp sugar to a saucepan and bring to a rolling boil while stirring. Add your frozen mealworms and turn the temperature down. Simmer for 3-5 minutes.
After blanching them, the mealworms can be eaten as is, toasted with sesame seeds, gently oven-baked or dehydrated.
Has anyone tried doing something like this before?
If you try making the cinnamon mealworms, please share how it worked out for you and whether you liked the flavour.
If you try a different flavour experiment, share it here, so the rest of the community can try for themselves!