I recently decided to experiment with cooking acorns and the adventure turned out pretty well. There are some things I will do differently the next time around but overall the whole experience was educational and enjoyable for the whole family. To learn how I decided to go on this unique venture you can read about what got me started in my post “On the Farm: Acorns Are For Squirrels”.
I am always looking for ways to teach my children and since the Fall season is here after a few comments, questions, and some researching about acorns it was decided that our next activity was to go through the complete process of gathering, sorting, opening, processing and cooking with acorns (now that we know that acorns are not just of squirrels). Here are the Five Steps to gather, sort, crack, and process the acorns in a day instead of doing it the traditional way of putting them in a stream or burying them in mud and waiting weeks before you can eat them.
Step 1 – Gathering Acorns:
Step 2 – Sorting Acorns:
Tips to help with sorting:
Step 3 – Cracking Open the Acorns:
Step 4 – Processing the Acorns (AKA “Leaching” the tannins out of the acorns):
Step 5 – Drying the Acorns:
I will be sharing soon a couple acorn recipes that we have tried with the acorns we have processed from our yard.