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KosherLocusts.com ??

AdinaA Mar 8, 2013 09:15 AM

There's a lot of buzz about eating locusts this Pesach, inspired by the, er, locust surplus in the Middle East.

Is anyone shipping them to the states?

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    MartyB RE: AdinaA Mar 8, 2013 10:18 AM

    Is the whole insect edible or is there some sort of preparation required like removing the head, cleaning out its insides. My eyes are not what they used to be and its size would preclude any precooking preparations. I don't know if I would be game to try but maybe if it was prepared and cooked then frozen with simple microwave or frying reheat instructions.

    If anyone sees any upscale takeout places like Gourmet Glatt or Pomegranates carry them then give a holler here.

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      zsero RE: MartyB Mar 10, 2013 07:16 AM

      As I understand it the traditional method of preparation is to roast them whole, and then to remove the head and legs as one eats them.

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        MartyB RE: zsero Mar 10, 2013 06:03 PM

        If you buy the chocolate covered ones, are the head and legs removed before they dip them in chocolate?

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          zsero RE: MartyB Mar 10, 2013 08:41 PM

          Do chocolate covered ones really exist?! I don't think so.

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      Bzdhkap RE: AdinaA Mar 8, 2013 01:49 PM

      I actually did see some Zelda's
      chocolate covered locusts in my local kosher butcher yesterday.
      They appear to be a new addition to the chocolate covered frogs which I've seen in past years.
      Imho, the marshmallow filling is a lot more appealing than the genuine article :)

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        cresyd RE: AdinaA Mar 9, 2013 10:47 PM

        At this point, I don't know if the rabbis have decided if this batch of locusts is or is not kosher (http://www.haaretz.com/jewish-world/j...). I imagine there are various bug importers, but I don't know if they're taking from the current surplus or if it's a more established collection.

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          MartyB RE: AdinaA Mar 10, 2013 12:20 AM

          Anyone know if they would be fleishig or parve?

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            cresyd RE: MartyB Mar 10, 2013 12:44 AM


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            khuzdul RE: AdinaA Mar 10, 2013 03:09 AM

            As of two years ago, no insect production facility has registered with the FDA to comply with the food facility safety regulations (thanks to fears of terrorist threat to the food supply). Additionally, the FDA had not certified any producer of insects for human consumption, either domestic or international for the more normal (ie non-terrorist inspired) food safety / health inspection issues, such as clean facilities, soap in the bathrooms, etc. I don't think that this has changed, which makes importing insects for the express purpose of human consumption technically illegal and subject to seizure by customs if detected. I know a restaurant in Houston that had to stop serving grasshoppers because they got enough press about it that the FDA stepped in and threatened action if they continued to import the grasshoppers from Mexico.

            That said, insects do get imported and domestically raised insects are served (and have passed local health departments) to people.

            Human consumption insects are generally fed human-safe feed, and the insects are eaten whole (no need to take out the microscope to gut/clean the insects).

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              AdinaA RE: AdinaA Apr 8, 2013 09:12 AM

              So, during dessert during Pesach with everyone at the table, I turned to my husband and said:

              "Oh, no! You forgot to serve the chocolate-covered locusts!"

              Stunned silence.

              Then an eruption of laughter as my husband passed around a box of Zelda's chocolate-covered, locust-shaped marshmallows.

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