Acorn Preparation… Make Sure All the Tannic Acid is Removed

CreatespaceAcornsAndEat'emFRONTCOVERStep two in acorn preparation is leaching and it is the most important factor. If the tannic acid is not removed, your acorn meal will be bitter and your tummy might ache and your gums might pucker and blister. Doesn’t sound very appetizing does it? Don’t let that stop you, many foods need preparation.

Thoroughly leached acorns are a delight. If I was loopy, I’d say that acorns are a portal into the earth and that they bring magic to your life. As I look onto the bright green oak shoots that signal the advent of spring, and watch the birds flit between them, I am reminded of the strength the oak brings to living things throughout the world.

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Rinsing out the tannin returns the acid to the soil, nourishing future harvests of acorns the forest animals depend on. The cycle of life goes round and round. Gathering and preparing acorns has us step into that earthy world, even if only for a short time.  Suellen Ocean is the author of Acorns and Eat’em, a how-to vegetarian cookbook and field guide for eating acorns. Find it here:–Vegetarian-Cookbook/dp/1491288973

… and Secret Genealogy IV – Native Americans Hidden in Our Family Trees. Available here:


There’s No Free Lunch But There’s A Free Cookbook

That “No Free Lunch” saying isn’t always true, there’s always someone eventually comes along and takes us out to lunch and we treat sometimes too. Those of who love to cook are often providing free lunches but what we receive in return is better than cash. Thanks to the folks at the California Wildlife Foundation, Acorns and Eat’em, a how-to vegetarian cookbook and field guide to eating acorns, is available as a free download. It will explain how to gather, grind and leach acorns and provides many varieties of recipes from burritos to smoothies and has a handy field guide so you can identify your oaks. It’s a lot of fun for nature lovers, kids and school teachers, cub scout leaders etc. Here’s my website and there you’ll see the link for Acorns And Eat’em.