We Tested the World’s First Desktop Mealworm Farm

By

At first glance, the Livin farms Mealworm Hive looks like a pretty nice Ikea cubby. But open one of the drawers and you’ll see it’s actually filled with live worms, beetles, pupae, and what appears to be dust (it’s worm poop). The hive’s makers claim that it’s the world’s first at-home edible insect farm. It retails for $699, and should you feel so inclined, you may purchase one here right now.

The team at Livin farms is hoping to solve the issue of food transparency. When you buy meat in a grocery store, it’s difficult to tell how it was raised, or what that animal ate when it was alive. If you raise your own meat, you know exactly where it’s been every step of the way. In theory, the Hive makes farming your own protein more accessible to space-strapped city dwellers. Plus, mealworms reach maturity and are ready to eat much faster than a larger animal like a chicken.

Is the reward of greater food transparency worth the effort of farming and cooking larvae in your home? Watch the video above to find out how the hive works, and to follow along as we farm, harvest, and prepare a mealworm dinner party.

Watch Now

  1. Teen vs. Food Critic: Taste-Testing a Viral Cookie
  2. We Tested the World’s First Desktop Mealworm Farm
  3. Watch What Happens When You Put Two Giant Cream Puffs Under Pressure
  4. Watch: Are Grain Bowls Made by Robots the Food of the Future?
  5. Watch: NYC’s Biggest Chocolate Factory Is a Queens Institution
  6. These Perfect Bistro Desserts Will Remind You of the Power of French Pastry
  7. A New-Look Diner Serves NYC’s Boldest Brunch Sandwich
  8. These Life-Changing Tater-Tot Nachos Speak for Themselves
  9. Don’t Sleep on This Fantastic, Totally Unique Pho
  10. Bittman’s Kitchen: Buffalo Shrimp With Blue Cheese
  11. Bittman’s Kitchen: Party-Ready Queso Fundido
  12. Make Mark Bittman’s Simple Avocado Soup With Crab Salad
  13. New York’s Most Exciting New Steakhouse Is Also a Korean BBQ Joint
  14. Bittman’s Kitchen: A Fast and Furious Turkey Lunch
  15. How to Make a Healthy Chicken Dinner in Under 13 Minutes
  16. Mark Bittman’s Trick for the Fastest-Possible Grilled Cheese
  17. How to Make Mark Bittman’s Tuna Poke in Under 10 Minutes
  18. Make Mark Bittman’s Thai-Style Steak Wraps in Under 10 Minutes
  19. Mark Bittman’s Breakfast Bruschetta Is the Perfect Busy-Morning Meal
  20. You Need to Try Rabbit Lasagna
We Tested the World’s First Desktop Mealworm Farm
  • REGISTER
Sign up with a social account:

Don’t worry. We will never post to your social media account without your permission.

or create an account

We’ve sent a registration confirmation email to .

Please follow the instructions in the email within 48 hours to complete your registration.

Forgot Your Password?

Enter your email address or username and we’ll email instructions on how to reset your password.

This username or email is associated with a Facebook account.

Log in with your social account:
Check Your Inbox

We’ve sent you an email with instructions on how to reset your password.

Welcome! You are now a registered user of NYMag.com, TheCut.com, Vulture.com, ScienceOfUs.com and GrubStreet.com.

Want more? Subscribe to our daily newsletters.

  • Constant news updates on politics, business, media, and real estate.

  • Breaking news and analysis on all the latest TV, movies, music, books, theater, and art.

  • Get the latest fashion, beauty, and shopping news and recommendations.

No Thanks

We're sorry. You must confirm your registration within 48 hours of submitting your registration request. Please register again.

You are already registered. Please log in.

Reset Your Password

Enter a new password

Your password has been successfully changed.

Please log in.