Acorns are extremely nutritious and readily available to most of us, making them a healthful and convenient addition to many recipes.
Note: Acorns do contain a bitter organic substance called tannin that must be leached out before eating. With a little patience, tannin is easily removed.
How to Leach Tannin from Acorns
- Start two pots of water boiling. Drop shelled raw acorns into one pot, and boil until the water is the color of strong tea.
- Strain the nuts through a colander and drop the strained nuts into the second pot of boiling water. Discard the dark water from the first pot, then refill it and bring the water to a boil again.
- Repeat the process without interruption (do not let the acorns cool) until the water boils clear. This may take an hour or more, depending on the variety of acorn.
How to Grind Acorns for Cooking
- Spread leached acorns to dry on cookie sheets in a warm place. When partially dry, coarse grind a few acorns at a time in a blender.
- Spread the ground acorns to dry on cookie sheets, then grind again in a blender.
Acorn Pancakes Recipe
Once you have prepared your acorns, try them in this recipe adapted from Sharon Hendricks. Source: Texas A&M University AgriLife Extension
- One egg
- 1 tsp. salad oil
- 1 tsp. honey or sugar
- ½ c. leached and ground acorns
- ½ c. cornmeal
- ½ c. whole wheat or white flour
- 2 tsp. double action baking powder
- ½ tsp. salt
- ½ c. milk
Directions: Break egg into bowl and add all ingredients, beating to create a batter. If batter is too thick, thin with additional milk. Pour batter onto hot, greased griddle and cook slowly until brown. Flip to brown opposite side. Serve with butter and syrup or jam.