HOW RE_ WORKS
Stack the five mealworm trays, placing the first batch of mealworms into tray one, and feed them every 2/3 days. Mealworms feed on oats and fruit/vegetable waste, so this solution also saves food scraps from going to waste!
Over the first few weeks, the mealworms (in tray one) will turn into pupae.
The pupae are moved onto the raised platform, the 'pupae home'. The pupae then develop into beetles and fall off the raised platform onto the tray below, where they populate the tray with eggs. After one to three weeks, the eggs develop into mealworms.
The beetle tray is moved down to the next tray every two to three weeks. Eventually, all the trays will be populated with eggs.
The eggs then turn into mealworms! Initially, the mealworms are so small you can barely see them, but after 10-15 weeks, the mealworms are ready to harvest. (One yield will produce between 100-300 grams of mealworms.)
Use the sieve to separate the mealworms and pupae from the frass (mealworm poop). To prepare the mealworms for cooking, place the mealworms in the freezer for 30 minutes, much like the process for shellfish.
Fry or bake the mealworms at a high heat for two-three minutes for best results.
Bon appetit! Mealworms are over 54% protein and they can be ground up or eaten whole, making them a great protein additive for savoury or sweet treats. From salad to smoothies to cookies!