Yes, Acorns Are Hard to Crack But Don’t Despair

Acorn shell thickness varies from tree to tree. Tan Oak acorns are hard to crack open, while California Valley Oak acorns have a thin shell, that dries and splits open, allowing easy removal of the acorn.

The cracking method I’ve settled on for hard-shelled acorns, is to use the “Texan Nut Sheller.” It’s a hand-held pair of pliers with a sharp blade. It’s a dangerous tool around children but a must-have for acorn enthusiasts.

Whatever you do, have fun with acorn gathering. And don’t forget to make an acorn chocolate cake! Suellen Ocean is the author of Acorns and Eat’em, a how-to vegetarian cookbook and field guide for eating acorns. Find it here: http://www.amazon.com/Acorns-Eatem-How–Vegetarian-Cookbook/dp/1491288973

How-To Prepare Acorns

Because I have “written the book” on eating acorns and continue to receive emails from folks who have questions, I thought it would be a great idea to write a blog. I will share my culinary experiences with you and include pictures. You can look forward to hearing about my chocolate acorn pies and cheesecakes and indulge me when I go on strolls through the woods to find acorns. I also love to write historical novels so you will hear about that too …

Suellen Ocean is the author of Acorns and Eat’em, a how-to vegetarian cookbook and field guide for eating acorns. Find it here: http://www.amazon.com/Acorns-Eatem-How–Vegetarian-Cookbook/dp/1491288973