Taste Testing Edible Bugs & Insects | Alternative Proteins

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Eating insects is generally seen as a pretty disgusting thing, especially in the western world...but what if it became more necessary and more of a norm? Things like cricket flour and mealworms are becoming more popular as a great source of protein. Would you give this kind of diet a go or is it a step too far?
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  • SORTEDfood


    Il y a 4 mois

    Watch (or listen to!) the latest podcast to hear more of the guys' thoughts on insect protein: sorted.club/s4e5/

  • Andrew S

    Andrew S

    Il y a jour

    SORTEDfood great video guys! I’d be really interested to see what could be done with edible insects. I’ve seen chips made out of cricket flour. They sell them here in LA. I think it’s very responsible to see how we can feed ourselves outside of the system that we’ve created which is doing so much damage to the environment. Ultimate cooking battle insect edition! Love to see it!

  • Sami Hughes

    Sami Hughes

    Il y a 3 mois

    Hi SORTEDfood. First off, I love your content always providing us with such entertaining videos. In all honesty this video had me taken back a little because, for the first time ever it felt like I wasn't the only one paying close attention to the direction our planet is headed in, not just population wise but survivability wise too. For starters, people surviving on bugs and insects do not surprise me. For centuries before Australia was settled, Indigenous Australians survived on the same general foods. Today people across the world do the same thing. We need to start talking about these things as a society because, lets face it our world may not be able to feed every human being on the planet. Second, Humans if hungry enough would ignore the fact that they are eating bugs or insects if they were desperate enough to eat food. Last, I would consider eating them, but there is also another solution to our ever growing problem of food supply and that is, turning our own backyards into a scaling farm... if we can't move it across land, why not use the housing and other such buildings to help feed the populations of the world... It'd also help if humanity stopped wasting food and was more giving. On a side note, I'd like to say thank you. This content is very much needed in the world today for it brings light to a sensitive topic that people just wont talk about. What you guys did was both very brave and very noble. It had me crying at one point when the look on all of your faces said everything, while you had some fun with it, that fun did NOT take away from the seriousness of the topic, but yet it still did not take away from the realization that was reflected in your faces as you talked about this. So on behalf of the minority who saw this and agree, I want to say Thank you. The amount of courage putting something like this video up could not have been easy, specially knowing that there would be some people who'd be unbelievably harsh critiques with their heads buried in the sand.

  • Romit Heerani

    Romit Heerani

    Il y a 4 mois

    Add support for pocketcast app

  • NinjaNia1


    Il y a 4 mois

    Hey guys you should eat some of the worlds grossest food delicacy, also can you guys do a segment on Belgian waffles to get the best waffle? Also try out more food tech. And bug protein is great the universities in sales and england have began selling bug biscuits and cakes in the uni canteen.

  • Dahmsy


    Il y a 4 mois

    Use should do a vs but bug theme like instead of flower you's use cricket flower ect

  • Devin Villa

    Devin Villa

    Il y a 4 jours

    I think there’s a French lady that sells pasta made from various insects. I quite like the one or two that I’ve tried, maybe you guys could cook with those???

  • Joshua


    Il y a 6 jours

    I love this! Fully believe junk fish and insects need to be introduced into our diets.

  • Sherryn G

    Sherryn G

    Il y a 14 jours

    If they made bugs taste good, and not like ground up dirt paper, I'd be one step closer. That said, they'd also have to not look like bugs.

  • Tom


    Il y a 15 jours

    You should do one on making them usable in a way you may not notice or how to make them nice.

  • C G

    C G

    Il y a 16 jours

    Cows dont fart the methane they belch it

  • Zach Hatten

    Zach Hatten

    Il y a 17 jours

    Absolutely *NOT*

  • Crofregernish


    Il y a 17 jours

    Glad I'm a vegetarian, which I consider to mean not killing any living creature to eat it. So no insects.

  • Claire Pettie

    Claire Pettie

    Il y a 17 jours

    Crickets in Oaxacan Mexican food are pretty normal and can be found in most big-ish cities in the US that have large latino populations. Try the tacos, they're really good. I will confess to not knowing how people are okay with eating still-moving tentacles, even as a delicacy, in Japan. Bleh.

  • Montse Bausa Roca

    Montse Bausa Roca

    Il y a 17 jours

    Thak you for sharing love sorteD food ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤ desde España olé ole y 💃🇪🇦💃🇪🇦

  • Adrian Blackwell

    Adrian Blackwell

    Il y a 18 jours

    Had crickets in Oaxaca with mezcal which is amazing (deep fried with chili's). Had crickets also on a taco which was quite nice. Had ant larva in a mole sauce at Quintonil (was on the San Pallegrino top 50 at the time) which was insanely good. If it's done by people who's cuisine has adapted to it's usage, it's properly nice. I can see how it could be unpleasant if done wrong; I personally cannot stomach the idea of a spider.

  • arialie meru

    arialie meru

    Il y a 21 jour

    It would be fun to watch an exotic dish pass on challange...😌

  • MehrdadDwarves


    Il y a 21 jour

    As i watched this video, i checked the price for mealworms in Denmark.. it cost almost 30 times as much as a standard kilo of ground beef... 30 times as much.... Edible insects will never be anything other than a novelty unless it becomes affordable, and thats the problem.

  • Moritz Rohde

    Moritz Rohde

    Il y a 22 jours

    Do a chef vs. Chef insects!

  • Pre Occupied

    Pre Occupied

    Il y a 23 jours

    Hell yeah sustainable protein

  • Jayson Landers

    Jayson Landers

    Il y a 27 jours

    Bug inspired dish battle

  • Akantia


    Il y a 27 jours

    I'd be down to use cricket flour in baking and stuff. The idea of eating bugs just makes me cringe, I was hiding behind my hands when they revealed the whole water bug

  • Michael Mao

    Michael Mao

    Il y a 27 jours

    Salted fried crickets are GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!

  • MaHumorless


    Il y a mois

    "...we're not inhumane, this is dead..." erm... The dead thing would disagree about that, since it's been killed. :)

  • Damaged262


    Il y a mois

    As a retired pet store manager for more than 20 years, FOK THAT, let the reptiles enjoy, leave me out of it! Props to the chefs, maybe they should do Survivor. It's that challenge alone that kept me from giving the show a try.

  • Alysanator159


    Il y a mois

    I feel like you guys should do a food battle or recipe relay where you have to incorporate bugs into the dish. This would give people ideas on how to incorporate this alternative protein into their everyday lives.

  • DarkMind


    Il y a mois

    Pass it on?

  • MNeko


    Il y a mois

    I have been introduced to the idea of cricket cookies. This is amazing and I am grateful

  • MNeko


    Il y a mois

    I have one food rule: no movement. Could do the mac n cheese. Hug fan of the idea of protein cookies. Wish I had the funds to make cricket cookies. Could not eat a bug that big though. Had some smaller crickets before, was all crunch and tasted like dirt.

  • Olivia Sekloawu

    Olivia Sekloawu

    Il y a mois

    There's actually a restaurant in London that i went to that served cricket brownies, which used cricket flour and i was so surprised that i just ordered it on a whim and it was actually delicious!! I think the place was called Wahaca. I'm also friends with quite a few Korean people and one of them had a tin of silkworm pupae which we tried. It kinda tasted like shrimp but the texture was a bit weird. But I'm up for trying anything at least once, EXCEPT SPIDERS!!

  • David Elliott

    David Elliott

    Il y a mois

    I'm a little late watching this but it was a very well done, thought, and discussion provoking episode. Thumbs up guys.

  • jellyfishyies


    Il y a mois

    i'm fine with the powder, lets face it every culture has their nasty food. mine is probably rye pudding. protein powder is already fucking nasty, you just have to know how to mask it. i think it's the same with bug powder. but will never be able to eat a whole bug.

  • Virgo v

    Virgo v

    Il y a mois

    I have eaten insects before and my only problem is i hate getting stuff stuck in my teeth. The taste is alright, crickets taste abit like meaty almonds. Silkworm pupae isnt for me though, the texture grosses me out.

  • jeolban hälfte

    jeolban hälfte

    Il y a mois

    Oh, Jamie, you are correct, There are parts of LA and NY that specialize in insects or "exotic" animals (spiders, bugs, etc)

  • jeolban hälfte

    jeolban hälfte

    Il y a mois

    I've eaten insects. They don't taste too bad (it is interesting but not horrible) but I do have to say the biggest barrier is the mental part. As Baz said, we grow up looking to throw bugs out of our food. Same with Jamie, people will discard insects but wouldn't blink at pork skins.

  • Aafke Blootvoetje

    Aafke Blootvoetje

    Il y a mois

    I love dried mealworms, they taste nice and nutty

  • AriannaBrooks


    Il y a mois

    Looks like I need to investigate cricket powder. Thanks guys!

  • Broadcast Bard

    Broadcast Bard

    Il y a mois

    I would absolutely LOVE an entomophagy challenge where that's the only animal protein.

  • Zoe Stott

    Zoe Stott

    Il y a mois

    I really don't mind insects at all so long as they are seasoned

  • lostpencaps


    Il y a mois

    Canned silkworm pupae are so good with beer (like Stella Artois). Not sure about its nutritional value.... but I'd stock up on them for the apocalypse!

  • kmn


    Il y a mois

    How much would it cost? I like the idea of it, but for I've mostly only ever saw these in restaurants. How affordable would it be for homecooks?

  • Amélie Hudini

    Amélie Hudini

    Il y a mois

    NOMA (Copenhagen) has had ants in their meals. It's not that weird... but it's a cultural thing. I'm not from a culture that eats a lot of bugs, but I think it's really interesting to eat them. Alternative sources of protein is a really interesting topic

  • caitlin shanahan

    caitlin shanahan

    Il y a mois

    There is an insect farm in St David’s (Pembrokeshire in Wales) you can see the insects and how they are farmed and they have a really good restaurant. I believe there is a big burger 🍔

  • Elver Naranjo

    Elver Naranjo

    Il y a mois

    Ditto on the ultimate insect battle

  • Chris Moffitt

    Chris Moffitt

    Il y a mois

    I’m all for the cricket flower. I don’t think I’d be able to eat a visible mealworm. Bleck

  • Hrokr Bird

    Hrokr Bird

    Il y a mois

    Super interesting. I’ve actually wondered how locusts taste as they’re almost a staple in some areas for a while now.

  • Allan


    Il y a mois

    I feel like, when we have to move away from meat, we'll move towards meat substitutes as opposed to insects, honestly

  • The End

    The End

    Il y a mois

    I would imagine that eating anything with wings would be horrible texture wise, tape analogy makes sense for that. I would also imagine that eco foodies underestimate the power of small changes when applied to scale. Substitute 10% cricket powder in a million pounds of flour and you have saved 100,000 pounds of flour and the end result shouldn't taste much different if it does at all. Sell it as protein fortified and your getting your eco boost without trying destroy western cultural norms.

  • Joonha Shcal

    Joonha Shcal

    Il y a mois

    Dude, fried and salted grasshoppers are delicious. They're like chips with PROTEIN and legs! Seriously though, I'd buy insect street food. Are insects vegan?

  • Marlene Larrabee

    Marlene Larrabee

    Il y a mois

    Have you ever tried putting in a scramble like they’re very good

  • Dale Moscrop

    Dale Moscrop

    Il y a mois

    I've eaten cockroach filled chocolate. That's not bad. Growing up I also ate witchetty grubs (Australian bush tucker), both raw and fried. I'd be down to see some insect meals pop up here and there.

  • Georgina Galván

    Georgina Galván

    Il y a mois

    In Oaxaca, Mexico is common to eat roasted crickets. They're tasty, like chilli crisps. I prefer them crushed tho so I don't have to see their faces 😂

  • Tryce Thomas

    Tryce Thomas

    Il y a mois

    They showed a clip of the cows eating, which is when they make the methane by regurgitating their food and burping out the gas. Yet they played fart noises behind the clip. Funny, but inaccurate.

  • Chris S.

    Chris S.

    Il y a mois

    Its not about what we are used to eating, its more about poverty and what other people are forced to eat to survive in 2/3rds of the world. Even though I am personally poor if I have the luxury to not eat bitter or poor tasting things then I choose not to. If you are eating bugs in any developed country then you are doing so for the novelty of it, not for the culinary benefits.

  • Justin Hockstead

    Justin Hockstead

    Il y a 2 mois

    Honestly? I would try them. The way they look might give me pause but insects should become a more normal thing to help reduce the amount of meat needed

  • Denmark


    Il y a 2 mois

    I'm already aboard the nopetrain to screwthatville. I think I'd rather go vegetarian or straight up vegan to be honest. And I'm not too fond of that either.

  • Gonietube NYC

    Gonietube NYC

    Il y a 2 mois

    THE FUNNY THING IS WESTERN COUNTRIES ARENT THE ONES THATS GOING TO HAVE THESE PROBLEMS AND WESTERN COUNTRIES ARENT THE PROBLEM WITH POLLUTION OR OVER POPULATION but for some reason we are the ones having to drastically change our life styles when China Russia India Asian countries majority of African and Middle eastern countries are the actual problem that pollute over populate and emissions are majority from them and they poach animals for bullshit medicine and other bullshit that’s not needed !!!

  • KainaX122


    Il y a 2 mois

    I'm sorry -- no disrespect to the people that actually eat this kind of stuff -- but that just seems nasty. Of course I'm from the US so I'm aware we eat some crap that would seem disgusting or weird to someone else -- exactly why I say 'no disrespect' 😂

  • Daniel Costalis

    Daniel Costalis

    Il y a 2 mois

    Pretty sure you pull the wings off the water bugs before you eat them. You don't eat prawns with the shells, after all.

  • CaptainObvious


    Il y a 2 mois

    Killing a lot more animals is more ethical than, in comparison, a few big ones? What gives you the moral high ground to say that the life of a bug is woth less than the life of a mammal or bird? It's all murder on an industrial scale.

  • austin tran

    austin tran

    Il y a 2 mois

    Dried/roasted meal worms are just like fried pork skin but smaller imo

  • rishycup


    Il y a 2 mois

    I feel like I could eat the bugs if they weren't in their complete form. Ground up, in things, etc. is fine. I've had cricket chips and they were really good! But I didn't have to see a whole cricket.

  • Gooblyful


    Il y a 2 mois

    Smart guys doing smart videos, helping educate the masses?? S O R T E D

  • Igor Kareev

    Igor Kareev

    Il y a 2 mois

    You always touch so itneresting topics one doesn't ever even think about. Bravo!

  • Uige


    Il y a 2 mois

    Honestly i'm rather curious about eating insects

  • Brian Patterson

    Brian Patterson

    Il y a 2 mois

    Fascinating. I'm all for it as long as it doesn't negatively effect the taste. The health benefits, sustainability, and the fraction of harm to the earth are too good to pass up. Plus the possibility to actually add flavor to a dish in a restaurant type environment is amazing. If we could get the rest of the world on board that'd be incredible!

  • oniria


    Il y a 2 mois

    i gagged

  • kry key

    kry key

    Il y a 2 mois

    Bug battle!

  • Hannah Kalter

    Hannah Kalter

    Il y a 2 mois

    I know I shouldn’t say this, but I don’t think I can eat most bugs. Like a cricket or grasshopper I could eat. Not a worm. However, I know we need to find better protein sources for the health of the planet. I’d honestly give some a try one once

  • callum roberts

    callum roberts

    Il y a 2 mois

    I genuinely thought this said taste testing edibles

  • Fernando Alegre

    Fernando Alegre

    Il y a 2 mois

    Mike and Jamie confirmed for British Timon and Pumba

  • tisef20


    Il y a 2 mois

    I'm glad on the survey that the second highest was 26% of people are being stopped by limited availability. That's a factor that can be tackled fairly easily

  • A E O V

    A E O V

    Il y a 2 mois

    Hey! Mexican here! We have cooked ant eggs (that I have tried and are really good in tacos), crickets of all sorts, even this one kind of bug that looks like a shrimp and its cooked like seafood, tarantulas, spiders, big bottom ants and supersized ants... I have tried only some of them, I'm not that fond of their flavors but there is a wide variety over here. Though most of us are not quite ready either. Come over and try them! I'll show you around Mexico city!

  • Cyn


    Il y a 2 mois

    There is a buffet restaurant near me that have a bowl of insects in a window where you can have stuff flash-cooked. First time I went there it was shocking to me, but went back to get one just to see what it was like. Now every time I go there I nibble on those insects. It is more of a mental barrier than anything. You can also win pretty cool prices at events where it is more of a dare.

  • Cristina


    Il y a 2 mois

    Hello from Mexico, here a lot of people eat crickets, they are not consumed like a sustitution of protein specially in the cities, they are snacks usually salted or with chilli, to acompany with tequila, mezcal or in a meal, inside a chili sauce, or tlayuda (like a mexican pizza). To me, they are pretty good.

  • Vanessa


    Il y a 2 mois

    7:54 This is exactly what I feel. As long as it no longer looks like the creature it started as, I could eat it. If you grind up bugs at put it in breach, as long as it tastes good I'm fine with it. What I am given a whole, intact bug or fish, I can't do it.

  • Oon Chusattayanond

    Oon Chusattayanond

    Il y a 2 mois

    Here in Thailand, deep fried bamboo worm (1:48) is our delicacy.

  • antagonist9000


    Il y a 2 mois

    I hate this for you guys

  • Paul Frank

    Paul Frank

    Il y a 2 mois

    If u ground them up into protein bricks or bars itd be better...like Snowpiercer

  • Vincent Productions

    Vincent Productions

    Il y a 2 mois

    sorry mother earth, but i might never be able to do it haha.

  • Vincent Productions

    Vincent Productions

    Il y a 2 mois

    Hakuuuuna Mattatta is the only thing i thought of after i read the title haha.

  • Sub Ripper

    Sub Ripper

    Il y a 2 mois

    Also seems like they'd be really easy to turn into a ground beef substitute.

  • Sub Ripper

    Sub Ripper

    Il y a 2 mois

    I could see them done like the last one as a high protien alternative to chips. Salt/season em and fry/dry them and by the sound of the texture they'd fit right in as snack food. 🤷‍♂️

  • Dżasta Topór

    Dżasta Topór

    Il y a 2 mois

    I have a phobia of bugs (can't remember the name atm) so I don't think I could ever eat them when they are whole. Not even the battered ones. HOWEVER, if they were ground up, like the flour, or otherwise turned into an unrecognizable pile of goop then I would be willing to eat them. I understand the need for finding alternative foods and am happy to try new things, but I also have some boundaries

  • tiapetable


    Il y a 2 mois

    I really enjoyed this video and especially Barry in it. This conversation is great.

  • Lola Lo

    Lola Lo

    Il y a 2 mois

    I actually really like crickets! But yeah, roast them or something don't use them as a flour (or do, who am I to judge) I had caterpillar when I was younger, and I don't remember much of it except for the fact that I really didn't like it... Wouldn't mind trying those and other insects again

  • Annelise Zeender

    Annelise Zeender

    Il y a 2 mois

    I’ve had chocolate covered crickets, and I’m not gonna lie, they are straight up delicious.

  • KawaiiAnimeSisters


    Il y a 2 mois

    I feel like they should have prepared the waterbug (seasoned etc.) to give it a chance. Aftere all, a lot of foods don't taste great unprepared

  • Alberta Dionny

    Alberta Dionny

    Il y a 2 mois

    Some regions in my country, Indonesia, already consume insects. I've tried fried crickets from a small village near my aunt's town, and it was okay. It doesn't taste like anything, just lot of crunch.

  • Adnama Fett

    Adnama Fett

    Il y a 2 mois

    I don’t eat lizard food

  • Vicky Black

    Vicky Black

    Il y a 2 mois

    I'd like to think that I would eat it for a better environment but at the same thing I do have entomophobia and would run the other way without thinking

  • Lucy


    Il y a 2 mois

    I wouldn't eat it for pleasure. However, if we got into a state where we had to eat insects to meet nutritional needs then I'd be happy to eat bugs. Just not for pleasure.

  • Cheryl Masaveg

    Cheryl Masaveg

    Il y a 2 mois

    Now... I haven't eaten bugs, but I've purchased them for friends, years ago. From their perspective, dried crickets and meal worms tasted similar to potato chips. Especially when seasoned with certain flavors that we associate with fried snacks. I'd be willing to try this in baked goods as more of a bran Muffin type thing. But eating it straight up or Having it sprinkled through my Mac N cheese. I don't think so. On the other hand... I am a mom. My toddler has been pretty picky with his proteins. Besides eggs cheese/dairy in general, fish, and some beans. That's about all I can get him to eat. I'm wondering if this would be a good alternative. On the other hand... I'd feel like I'm torturing him in some way. And I'm not even sure if sneaking it into his sweets would work. I could only get him to take 2 bites out of a Cinnamon roll the other day. Weird, right!?!

  • Collin O'Toole

    Collin O'Toole

    Il y a 2 mois

    I've been trying for years to prepare myself for the inevitable inclusion of bug protein into my diet. It's only a matter of time.

  • Jose González

    Jose González

    Il y a 2 mois

    In my country, we eat ants that we call big as ants (hormigas culonas) and we eat em a lot. Well it is a cultural thing in the region I live. You should try em. They taste nutty

  • Shakes First

    Shakes First

    Il y a 2 mois

    Can we just get on with vat made beef now?!!

  • Michael Noonan

    Michael Noonan

    Il y a 2 mois

    So insects are literally a superfood you get basically everything

  • sandman365TTi


    Il y a 2 mois

    Have you ever been in a grain elevator. Tons .. I means tons of crickets in there. Most just get ground up into the flour products. Extra proteins with no extra additives

  • Olivia Bolivia

    Olivia Bolivia

    Il y a 2 mois

    In Korea, they sell silkworms in food stalls or you can get it in a can. It's called 번데기 (beondegi). I tried a lot of different and unique foods there but I could never bring myself to try 번데기 lol

  • Daisy Elliott-Biddle

    Daisy Elliott-Biddle

    Il y a 2 mois

    I'm really proud of you for the way you've done this. Thanks.

  • mackjeez


    Il y a 2 mois

    Slavery is common in 1/3 of the world, we should learn something from them....right? In many parts of the word they till cook with human and animal dung (shit). I really hate the argument.."well they do this in 3rd world countries, so we should to cause we're Millennial's and believe everyone's else's culture is better than ours" The only reason these 3rd world countries eat insects is due to the lack of food, mainly foods that have a high protein content, if you gave them a choice between a nice steak and cockroaches I doubt they would go for the nasty insects.

  • Mac E

    Mac E

    Il y a 2 mois

    I know this is odd, but i was thinking it might be interesting to see a battle/test where we see you guys try to incorporate bugs into the meal

  • 1KillerQueen3


    Il y a 2 mois

    I really like eating chapulines (crickets) but when they're seasoned with chili or garlic. They're really tasty and a guilt free snack.

  • Runar Andersen

    Runar Andersen

    Il y a 2 mois

    In Norway you can at some super markeds buy bread with ground insects. I don’t think I would have a problem eating it.

  • Sly25


    Il y a 2 mois

    There's like corn chip flavor crickets and they are fantastic