I gather acorns. After I gather them, I usually like to put them in a pretty basket and put them on the kitchen table for all to see. They are so beautiful! They aren’t nuts but the shells are hard to crack. It seems really obvious to me that like nuts, you remove the shells before you prepare to eat them. But a lot of people are not tuned into acorns (yet) and without thinking they will ask me if you have to remove the shells. They are wondering if they can just throw the whole acorn into the blender (I shell, then grind in a blender.) I always get a little smile on my face. Throwing unshelled acorns into a blender is like throwing unshelled walnuts in there. Clunk. Broken blender. So yes, you need to first remove the shells from acorns before you put them in the blender, with water, to begin the leaching process. 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
There are not many dishes that you can’t make with acorns. You can add acorns to everything from smoothies to chili. Deserts, omeletes, cakes, pies, Mexican food, Italian food, Middle Eastern food, comfort food, breads… you name it. Acorns make everything taste better. If you think chocolate cake is good, try adding leached and prepared acorns to it, you’ll not be sorry. Do you have a favorite cheesecake recipe? Add some leached and prepared acorns to it, delicious. I won third place in a big cooking contest because I added acorns to my cheesecake… Acorn Cheesecake? What’s not to like?
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