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8 responses to “The Mechanics of Eating Acorns”

  1. Meg Taylor

    There’s heaps of pinoaks where I live, and my parents have a cork oak planted on the naturestrip outside their house. I’ve always wanted to cook with acorns, since I read “My Side of the Mountain”. It’s Autumn now so I’ll be keeping an eye out for them. The pinoaks are street trees, would the acorns be safe or do they soak up pollution while they’re growing?

  2. Tim

    I’ve also experimented with acorns a fair bit and continue to. To deal with the worms: I put my acorns in a dirt sifting box that just fits over my mortar mixing pan. The worms fall through the screen on the bottom of the dirt sifting box and get caught in the mortar mixing pan. I then take the worms out to my pond and feed the bluegill. Chikens love the worms too. Oily acorns can be pressed for their oil. One variety of eastern red oak has produced a delicious oil that compares exactly to pecan oil. So delicious! and good for the skin too. I haven’t yet gotten the variety identified but I remember where those trees are!

  3. tony morton

    Blue Oak acorn flour make a great burrito, just substitute acorn for frijoles.

  4. tony morton

    A technique I’m currently trying to gain an edge in the race for the nut with all the little crawly dudes. The step in the process after gathering is straight to the freezer for a couple of days. Just like the process for the elimination of pantry moth larvae in your oatmeal. Then to the dehydrator as soon as it’s available. My dehydrator can’t come close to keeping up with my gathering.

  5. CJ

    I just collected the acorns that fell off the acorn tree in my yard for fun this year, and I didn’t know about the grubs, so when I found a grub crawling around in the jar of acorns, I was a bit surprised. I finally found that if you dump them in water before you shell them and pick out the floating ones, it’s a safe bet those are the grubby ones. I don’t know if this would interfere with any of the ways to cook them or not, but I figured it was useful.

  6. Barbara Olson

    We just had a wind come through that dropped large green acorns from my tree-I think it is a black oak by what I am finding in books. I went crazy and picked up 22 lbs in about 45 min and they are still falling. . .WHAT TO DO WITH GREEN ACORNS. Somewhere I read that they are not eatable. The brown ones are very small and 2 were mushy when I open them. They are drying in the oven right now to see what happens. Ideas???

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