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Fried Bees.

post #1 of 10
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I saw on Bizarre Foods that Andrew ate fried bees. I have two bee hives in my back yard. Does anyone here know the details of cooking fried bees? Thanks, Paul
post #2 of 10
Im assuming you have to take out the stinger.
post #3 of 10
Why would you want to kill your sweet little honey bees?

Have you read about the radical decline in the honey bee population?
Farmers and honey producers are very concerned.
Leave your little bees alone and make some Chirpy Chocolate Chip Cookies if you really want to eat some insects.
Here's the recipe
1 cup softened butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup dried crickets, finely chopped
Cream butter, sugars, egg and vanilla.
Mix together flour, soda, salt and cinnamon; add to butter mixture and beat just until combined. Stir in chips, nuts, and crickets.
Drop onto a parchment lined cookie sheet by teaspoons.
Bake at 350 for 9-11 minutes.

The crickets add extra crunch and protein and are barely noticable when eaten in this recipe.

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post #4 of 10
OHG!
foodnphoto is sooo on the money! We are loosing our bee populations!!!! This is very serious people.
Take the recipe and you don't even need to add the crickets. Don't sift the flour and there should be enough insect and rodent parts by law to wet your whistle:lips:
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post #5 of 10
No wonder the bees are disappearing! They're fleeing Andrew.

It is serious, btw. Causes more problems than just in honey. Crops need pollination.
post #6 of 10
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My bees are fine and I'm lousy with them.

I googled fried bees and gathered little info. One of the things I did read is that the venom is destroyed by the heat of frying. Since the venom sacks pull out with the stingers, I'm assuming the cooks just left them in. In other references people mentioned that the bees were fried bodies, wings and stingers all together. The very reason I joined this forum was in hopes of getting professional advice on this topic since there was such poor info on the web, otherwise. I may have to run down an English speaking, Chinese chef. I have to admit, I had never heard of such a thing before and was quite surprised to see the close up of fried bees on the plate like any other food. All in all, I am glad to have found this site and look forward to interactions with other foodies here. (I hope this site isn't like Fark where obvious words like foodies gets automatically turned into the word boobies.)
post #7 of 10
How does one "dry" crickets? Do you just let them sit out? Pop them in the oven, or what?

And where does one get crickets to cook? I know you can find them at the pet store to feed lizards and such, but are those good eating crickets?
post #8 of 10
Paul,
you are obviously really interested in this subject, sorry for the playful banter.
I would redirect your search to Japan instead of China. I know this is popular there. I've actually had them here in a cooking demo years back. These were pretty large bees. They did not look like they were honey bees.
They we very unappealing to me, and we ate a variety of flying and squiggly things that evening.
HTH
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post #9 of 10
I'm wondering how you'd put the little guys to "sleep"? Do you box them and put into freezer like lobsters or what?

Interesting!
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post #10 of 10
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Freeze then fry.
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