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cooking acorns
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 Posted: Tue Dec 29th, 2015 02:32 PM
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That is correct the old acorn.
Many critters eat them and I have tried them raw.. Not good.

Old guy I know had some on his table in a bowl that were very tasty..He told me get out of them,,too much work involved to share them.

He was an odd duck anyway.
I share my food.
Anyway I found you need to boil the Tannin out of them.

This takes forever!!!!
My first batch was ok .. had to boil and change the water 12 times before the water boiled almost clear.

Yes you boil the acorn after you take it from the shell.. The water will turn dark.
After a bit of boiling drain and rinse.
Then do it again and again until the water boils clear.

Need some humidity in the house.. this will do it.

The current batch is on boil #7.. not even close yet.

After I boiled the first batch I stuck  them into the oven to cook a bit.
Had it too high 250f  and kind of dry torched them..oops.

Were quite dry..I did a coating on them to fix the fail.. same as candied pecans.
pretty tasty then.. NO bitterness after boiling them many times.

Hopefully this next batch does better.

Anyone else eat acorns??



 Posted: Tue Dec 29th, 2015 05:36 PM
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I've never been hungry enough to eat acorns but I'm told that white oak acorns are better than red oak acorns. They have less tannin and less bitterness and they are bigger in size so maybe they're a little bit more worth the effort? Personally, I think the turkeys, deer, and squirrels need them more than me so I think I'll stick with cashews and pecans. :wink:



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Yep, I have a 100 foot tall white oak in my backyard and a much smaller red oak. 

My sniffer is pretty much worn out but even I can tell white from red with just a sniff.

I did not know you could get the tannin out of the acorn. 

However, I have jumping gall wasps and no white oak acorns for two years. 

Wouldn't matter this time of year, the squirrels have eaten everything and are at the back door begging. 




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So I boiled them 9 times and on the 7th I took a bite of 2 of them.
No longer bitter..
When you boil them it smells a bit like maple or something sweet.
But the water is not sweet.. I figured it would be a good tea to drink.
Tea when strong brewed is a little bit bitter anyway.
The water is still colored redish on the 9th boiling and it actually tastes ok.

I read that the tannin blocks absorbtion of some nutrients into the body.. think i will not drink it.
But the tea could be used for tanning hides or as I read for an astringent.

Next batch I will save the first boiling and bottle it and use it on burns and cuts and see what happens



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If you grind them you cut down the number of "boilings" needed. After "cleaning" you can grind them into flour/meal for cooking into breads or meal dishes.



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Them suckers are a bear to get out of the shell.
My hands go numb after 20 or so and i need to rest and re position my neck to get feeling back.
I would hate to have to get enough for bread.. I have read you can use them for that.
Also use cat tails for the same thing.

I may need or is it kneed to do a loaf though.. Should be a wonderful taste.



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Bradford Angier wrote 30 books on eating wild stuff, check his books for acorn recipes.

Euell Gibbons, Author of Stalking the Wild Asparagus also has good recipes. once I made one of his acorn pies, good.

Yes, like deer never bother with red or black acorns/oaks; only white oaks. And you need to boil to get acid out.



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Never tried acorns but have boiled the bitterness out of milkweed pods when they are about an inch long. Prepare 3 pots of boiling water. Blanch in number 1 for a couple of minutes transfer to numbers 2 for 4-5 minutes and then boil in pot 3 for about 10 minutes. Drain and add some heavy creme, butter, salt and pepper for a green bean type taste. RD



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We don't have acorns up here, but I had very good acorn recipe, from when I lived in acorn country.

Find good oak flat and shoot deer. Slice thin, coat with seasoned flour and fry in lard. This is also very good grass, sage or brush recipe.



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Where I used to live in the Sierras, the Mi-Wuk indians had an "acorn festival" every year. They ground them and boiled them and made breads and tortillas and other stuff for their festival. I don't think I would have the patience to go through the process myself.



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They are done now and very tasty..For an acorn anyway.
I used a candied pecan recipe from Taste of Home.

But any candied pecan recipe should do just fine..

May not be as tasty as the recipes you guys have posted



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Hum, to quote a country friend: "sounds like a lot of sugar for a dime" to me.

However, I have read bout using acorns to dye leather and cloth before. We have way too many peanut farms around here to fool with acorns. Besides, green peanuts, boiled in salt water, are way better than any acorn I have ever tasted.:thumbs:
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I just had a turrible nightmare.  A nice guy like Rapier eats boiled peanuts, at least I think I dreamt that horrible dream.  

This is how to eat boiled peanuts.  Get a keg of your favorite beer.  Boil the peanuts in water.  Throw away the peanuts and water.  Drink the beer.    

I think nuoc man on fried cockroaches would be a relatively accurate comparison to boiled peanuts. 

Friend of mine lived in Valdosta, Georgia.  Rode my Norton down there because my Buddy said he had a neighbor what had a huge pecan orchard and was giving them away just had to pick them up.  So I gets there and Neighbor is eating a big, I mean huge, pot of boiled peanuts and offers me some.    I had never had them before.  I chewed up a bunch and thought, wow these things are a little slimy but kept it to myself.  Picked a bunch of pecans, bungee corded them babies to the back and headed north to Fort Gordon. 

Bet I stopped a dozen times.  At one truck stop the truckers were loudly complaining about me. 

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Geeezzz.....You eat the nut not the shell....... :lol:
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Rapier wrote:
Geeezzz.....You eat the nut not the shell....... :lol:
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I'll bet you're one of those lightweights that shucks his oysters too. RD :troll:



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I had boiled peanuts and you need to let them dry a bit maybe..Mine were not slimy at all.



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You have to be hard up to eat acorns. Way too much work to make them palatable .
Boiled peanuts are another story. You have to use green peanuts. If they are slimy , they have been sitting in water too long and starting to spoil , that's the slimy thing happening. After boiling , and they have cooled , drain and store in refrigerator in plastic container....they don't keep but a few days.
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At this point of reading this thread it's clear a lot of never been hungry. Acorns is the easy one not like cattail roots dried to make flour or enough small pine roots and don't forget the road kill. Go a week without food and see how your mind will change to what you eat. If you learn what to and what not to eat in good times you will make through what comes you way.



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I believe I would go through the process for acorns long before I'd submit to boiled peanuts.



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