Tracking Retail Cricket Flour Prices

Cricket flour price check, July 1, 2017

(Updated July 1, 2017 with new price data) I have been following the field of entomophagy (insects as food) for a little while: watching the news, occasionally writing news roundups or more detailed pieces (see notes section).  So I have been wondering, as news coverage has increased, new products are launched, and companies start scaling up […]

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How Much of an Orange is Edible?

(Updated, 3/15/17:  new chart) For the last few months, I have been weighing oranges before and after peeling to see what fraction of the orange is edible (by weight). I had done similar work previously to measure the edible percentage of avocados, finding that Haas avocados are roughly 70% edible by weight across a span of 125 […]

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The Incredible Shrinking Fava Bean

I bought some fava beans yesterday to use in a recipe from Elizabeth Andoh’s “Kansha” and decided to pull out my scale to document the tedious bean peeling routine. I started with 552 grams of whole fava bean pods. Pod removal netted me 192 grams of skin-on beans.  I blanched the skin-on beans for 1 […]

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The Age of Shrimp

During an interview on To the Best of Our Knowledge, Ellen Ruppel Shell, the author of “Cheap: The High Cost of Discount Culture,” dropped an amazing fact: we eat more shrimp today in the U.S. than tuna fish. It was one of those “wow” statistics that I had to check out for myself. Fortunately, the […]

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