Here's Your Chance to Try Crackers Made from Crickets
Megan McDonald, co-founder of Crickers, tells us about her crackers made from cricket flour.
Megan McDonald in the co-founder and owner of Crickers. She lives in Austin, Texas, where she got an undergraduate degree in Environmental studies and a Master's in Social Work at UT Austin. She has a passion for social and environmental justice, and would (too) happily spend hours discussing nutrition and the health benefits arcane foods and herbs.
1. What do crackers made of cricket flour taste like?
We've heard that our crackers taste like Wheat Thins, but better! They have a delicious, nutty flavor to them, and right now come in three flavors: Classic Sea Salt, Rosemary Garlic, and Everything Cracker (our take on an everything bagel).
2. Is cricket flour healthy?
Cricket flour is very healthy! One cup of cricket flour contains about 70 g of protein, all 9 essential amino acids, healthy omega-3 fats, and necessary vitamins and minerals including calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc, and vitamins B12 and B6.
3. Where do the crickets come from?
Our crickets come from a local farm in Austin called Aspire Food Group. At Aspire, the crickets are grown only for human consumption and are raised on an organic, non-gmo diet.
4. What are the advantages of making flour out of crickets?
There are a bunch of reasons why making flour is beneficial and important. We already mentioned the nutritional and health value of crickets, but in addition to that crickets are extremely sustainable compared to traditional livestock. Crickets produce fewer greenhouse gas emissions and require significantly less water and land. To produce one pound of beef it requires 2,000 gallons of water, 25 bags of feed, and 200 square meters of land. In comparison, to produce one pound of cricket it takes only 1 gallon of water, 2 bags of feed, and 15 square meters of land. Last, but definitely not least--crickets and cricket flour taste great!
5. If your campaign is successful, what will you use the money for?
If our campaign is successful, we plan to use the Kickstarter money to help us streamline our manufacturing process and bring Crickers to stores around the US. This involves getting our products into a co-packing facility. The Kickstarter funds will help cover part of the initial costs of production, including ingredient costs and packaging.