Countertop Contraption Turns Your Kitchen Scraps Into Edible Protein

first_img Gadgets like AeroGarden and Click & Grow make it easy to grow greens, herbs, and small vegetables in even the smallest kitchens. Protein is a different story… at least it was until now!Meet the Hive 2.0 Explorer, a new product that’s being crowdfunded over on Kickstarter. It’s a self-contained unit that lets you turn items you’d ordinarily chuck in your composter into protein-rich, bite-sized morsels. Specifically those morsels are mealworms.Hive Explorer combines the awesomeness of nature with the convenience of technology. Basically, it’s a high-tech insect home. You barely have to lift a finger apart from dropping in leftovers and picking out a wriggly little munchable.Mealworms love to get their grub on, and they’re not terribly picky what they eat. If you’re planning on eating them yourself, hiding them in another dish and serving them to unsuspecting guests, or feeding them to your pets, you’ll want to make sure they only eat things like fruits and veg. San Diego to Build Charging Stations for 3,000 Electric Buses, TrucksHydrogen-Powered Plane Can Fly 20 Passengers Up to 500 Miles Stay on targetcenter_img According to the Kickstarter, you’ll be able to harvest between 10 and 20 grams of mealworms every week without upsetting the balance. Pluck them out, freeze them to put them into “eternal winter sleep,” and then prep ’em up as part of one the included recipes.The folks behind Hive 2.0 say mealworms have “a mild nutty flavor.” I can’t personally vouch for that, but I do know that they’re pleasantly surprising when turned into a crispy snack.If you want to get more experimental you can feed your mealworms certain plastics. Stanford scientists watched them power through polystyrene during an experiment a few years back. Word of warning: that sort of diet makes them unfit for consumption.Another cool thing about mealworms is that even their waste makes great food. Not for people or pets, mind you, but for plants.You can score your own Hive 2.0 Explorer for as little as $135, but you’ll want to move quickly. There are a limited number available for early birds and they’re going fast. If 20 grams a week just won’t cut it you can order one of Livin Farms’ tower units through their online shop.More on Geek.com:Researchers Turn Lobster Shells Into Biodegradable PlasticBoise Is Turning Sewage Into Beer and CiderWorld’s Most ‘Meta’ Bakery Makes Bread From Old Breadlast_img