October 19, 2012
Acorns as Food - Seriously!
First I ate one from the yard. Not bad but fairly bitter. Figured there must be a way to get rid of the bitter taste.My mom said you need to soak them in water to make them sweet. More research. I found that you need to shell them, boil them and pour off the water until it is clear. The tannin is what makes them bitter and it has a brown color. It's what we use to dye or tan leather. Bill works with leather so I might save the first water bath.
I always thought the acorns might taste like hazel nuts when properly prepared. I don't want to make acorn flour. I just wanted to see if they are a good snack. I did a small batch at first to see if they were worth my time. Shelling is the most work. It reminded me of when my dad was alive and he would crack and dig out the black walnuts for mom to cook with. Lot's of work! The acorns were not that bad but I wouldn't want to do bushels of them either.I boiled them in their shells first and that seemed to help. I used my tack hammer and a cutting board to crack them. Watch for the little worms that might be in some . Don't even keep the ones with the tiny hole in the shell.