It’s finally time to start drying crickets and grind them up! I could not be more excited about this. I am using an Excalibur brand food dehydrator because it provides a lot of flexibility when it comes to drying temperatures and times. We’ll start with a drying temp of 165F and dry them for 12 hours.
I can definitely say that drying crickets smell pretty good. I was prepared for a funky smelling lab upon my return in the morning, but it turns out, crickets smell kind of like brownies. I am not kidding here. They really smell good.
The temp and drying time worked well. The crickets are sufficiently dried to grind into a flour. Next, we will try some different grinders and see if we can make some flour!