When I was a kid, we watched as a neighborhood kid try to show how tough (and crazy) he was by catching a grasshopper and eating it. Little did we know back then that the grasshopper may have been carrying parasites that could have made him sick, but then again we did not really care about that stuff at the time. What I have since learned is that you can actually eat grasshoppers as long as you prepare them correctly.
If you do have a craving to try some grasshopper, there are some steps that you have to take to ensure they are safe to eat so you don’t end up at the ER trying to explain how you got sick from eating a raw grasshopper. Please note that I have never eaten grasshoppers and the closest thing to a grasshopper I have eaten is freeze-dried crickets that a pest control business was giving away at a fair as a promotion item similar to these. Also, the directions here are a culmination on a lot of reading into different ways that people prepare grasshoppers for consumption. Try this type of stuff at your own risk.
First, you need some grasshoppers. The best and most rewarding way is to catch them on your own. Once you have caught some crickets, place them in a glass jar and seal with a lid. Don’t forget to poke some holes in the lid so they can breath. To help ensure that grasshoppers are as clean as possible, let them site for about 24 hours so they can do their duty in the glass jar. You may have to tap or lightly shake the jar every once in a while.
Next, you will probably want a humane way of euthanizing he grasshoppers. To kill the grasshoppers, stick the jar in the freezer for about 30 minutes or more if needed. After euthanizing, you will want to clean the grasshopper thoroughly under cold water. Make sure that all dirt and debris is removed prior to moving to the next step. Remember, they have been sitting in a jar with their own feces the past 24 hours.
Once the grasshoppers are cleaned (and deceased), you will want to lightly pinch their head with your fingers and pull it off, removing their entrails (guts) in the process. This helps to lessen the likelihood of nay parasites remaining in the grasshoppers. You will also want to remove the legs by pinching and pulling them off. The legs may be a little tough to swallow.
Heat the oven to 200 degrees and arrange the grasshoppers on a baking sheet. You can sprinkle with salt as if you are cooking pumpkin seeds or lightly coat with some olive oil and salt. Cook the grasshoppers for about 1 hr and 30 minutes or until they are as crispy as you want them.
I guess the last step is to enjoy the roasted grasshoppers if you are into that stuff. I know I am not.