Are Some Acorns Sweet Enough Without Leaching?

I often get asked the question, “Are some acorns sweet enough without leaching?” The answer in my head is, “good luck with that one,” because acorns are loaded with tannins which is why they aren’t more popular. But truthfully, on occasion you may run across a variety of white oak that I’ve heard needs no leaching. That said, in my thirty-six years of eating acorns, I’ve never once found acorns that needed no leaching. Luckily the tannic acid leaches out in water leaving behind a nice sort ofnutmeal that’s very easy to cook with and adds both texture and flavor to a wide variety of dishes.  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

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Eating Wild Foods… Leaching Acorns

Leaching Acorns

When leaching acorns, the ratio of water to acorns is important. Acorns are rather starchy and when they’re dry, they soak up a lot of water. I probably use more water than is necessary but I usually say 3 parts water to one part acorns. For example, if you have one cup of acorns, I recommend using at least three cups of water when you put them into the blender to leach them. That’s probably enough. It’s fine if you use more water than that. If you have several cups of acorns, only grind one cup at a time. And don’t forget to take the shells off first!CreatespaceAcornsAndEat'emFRONTCOVER

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