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Tagliatelle with cricket flour? Let’s taste them!

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Tiziana Colombo

Recipes for intolerants, Italian cuisine
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Preparation: 01 ore 00 min
Cooking: 01 ore 00 min
Ingredients for: 4 people
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Ready to prepare tagliatelle with cricket flour?

You may find it hard to believe, but it is true that we can use cricket flour to produce tagliatelle and many other recipes. The practice of eating insects may have looked impossible to us for a long time, and it is likely that other civilizations had it but not ours. However, we must carefully consider this: if they continue to serve truly “strange” dishes at the table in some Asian nations (and beyond), there must be a reason!

Recipe tagliatelle with cricket flour

Preparation tagliatelle with cricket flour

  • Sift the two flours and arrange them in a fountain on a smooth and clean surface.
  • Soak the flour residues remaining in the sieve in the water you will use for kneading.
  • Make a well in the centre and add the eggs, filtered water, salt, and oil.
  • Add the flour gradually, starting from the central edges, and then knead with two hands until you obtain a dough.
  • After about 10 minutes of processing and before preparing the tagliatelle, let the dough rest for 30 minutes in a cool, ventilated place.

Ingredients tagliatelle with cricket flour

  • 340 g of soft wheat flour
  • 60 g of cricket flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 100 ml of water
  • 2/3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
  • to taste fine salt

These unique and unusual dishes’ best qualities are undoubtedly their flavour and nutritional value, and the same is true of the tagliatelle made with cricket flour. Let’s not forget that we Europeans have been eating snails for a long time. Although it’s obviously not the same thing, we may state that there aren’t many differences. Anyway, let’s discuss it. What makes cricket flour worth trying?

A flour that should not be overlooked

Given that it appears that crickets have truly extraordinary nutritional qualities, numerous businesses have chosen to cultivate vast numbers of them and sell the flour made possible by these insects. Tiny Farms, a sector of the economy with its headquarters in California, was the first to do so. The investment was significant, but because of businesses like these, we can now enjoy meals like tagliatelle with cricket flour and many others that are distinctly out of the ordinary.

tagliatelle con farina di grillo

Compared to other animal-derived flours (such as fish, bone, and hoof flour, etc.), cricket flour is significantly different. In reality, if it is edible for humans, we can say that it is safe, meaning that there is no chance of contamination and that its manufacturing is environmentally sustainable. To produce tagliatelle with cricket flour, we will be able to utilise a 100% product derived from this insect, and the cost will not be decreased, but the organoleptic and nutritional qualities will be apparent right away. However, quality comes at a cost.

Tagliatelle made with cricket flour: a wealth of nutrients

What benefits may such cuisine give us? Naturally, there are a lot of biologically valuable proteins (in a cricket, proteins make up between 60 and 70 percent of the entire mass), little fat, but also a lot of iron, calcium, and vitamin B12. Practically, we will be able to encourage the growth and development of muscles and the fortification of bones by serving tagliatelle with cricket flour and other foods based on this cuisine. Additionally, it appears that they aid in the prevention of issues like megaloblastic anaemia and iron deficiency.

This flour is currently produced by a large number of businesses, some of which also use it to make particular foods like energy bars. Forecasts indicate that by 2054, this ingredient will play a significant role in the food industry. This recipe comes from Entonote, a pair of lovely women I met at Teatro 7 who taught a class on using insects in food.

We’ll see… In the meantime, let’s try the tagliatelle with cricket flour!

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