Acorns are not just for annoying anymore!

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Starting in September and continuing for a month or more, all night long the rat-a-tat of acorn pellets echoes through the driveway and yard. The noise happens during the day as well, but it's not quite as annoying. The sound of an acorn being shoved off a tree by a squirrel or bird and the subsequent 30 foot fall onto the top of a metal vehicle in the middle of the night makes a sound akin to a mini firecracker. Kapow! Kaboom! Those stupid acorns are useless!!!  Or are they?

 

This year I decided to try something a little different, and I researched ways to use acorns. With thousands of them laying around on the ground, there has to be something useful to do with them besides cursing them out. So, I did some investigating into potential uses and here's what I tried this weekend...

 

To start, I collected a few hundred acorns. I picked the ones with no cap that were a dark brown color and whole. Anything that looked smushed or perhaps buggy I left alone. The acorns I picked were from white oak trees.

 

Then I opened each and every acorn, peeling the outside cover off, and I was left with a bowl of nutty looking pieces as seen in the second picture above. This was quite time consuming and I wondered if the end result would be worth it, but once I started, I was a woman on a mission.

 

The next step was to leach the tannins out of the acorns. If this isn't done, they are supposed to taste bitter and upset your stomach and intestinal tract. I didn't try a non-leached one, so I don't know if that's true, but I wasn't taking any chances. So I put the acorns in a big pot of water, brought it to a boil and when the water turned dark brown, I dumped the water out. Then I started with fresh water and kept boiling and dumping until the water stayed clean.

 

And then I baked them in a 300 degree oven for about a half hour or so to dry them out. If it's nice outside, you're supposed to lay them in the sun to dry, but it was rainy so I just baked the water out of them. Then I threw them in a food processor and wound up with an acorn meal/flour substance as can be seen in the picture on the right.

 

Now I can use this acorn flour to make pancakes, bread, acorn cake, and more. My first attempt at making something edible was to make acorn bread. I found a recipe online which consisted of acorn meal, a smaller dose of regular flour, honey, egg, milk, butter and baking powder. I made this today and when it was done, I carefully tasted it. What would those nasty sounding acorns actually taste like?

 

I toasted my first piece, added a small amount of butter on top and very carefully tasted. The bread was the consistency of a dense banana bread, and it tasted a little nutty. I found it quite enjoyable, especially my second piece when I added jelly.

 

So, there you have it! I have found a reason to actually look forward to the crashing of the acorns next year. It means we have a free source of carbohydrates/starches that can be used to supplement our regular diet. I wonder how it would taste in pizza dough.  Hmmm, maybe I'll wait till next year to try that one.  

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Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat

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Grand Lux Realty, Inc.

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Debbie Gartner
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You're so creative and industrious.  Wow.  Glad you liked it.  A lot of effort, though.

Oct 04, 2015 03:34 AM #1
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That is a lot of work.  I am so glad that it turned out well.

Oct 04, 2015 03:51 AM #2
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
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Sounds like a good project Kat Palmiotti . You should post this to Myrl Jeffcoat s "Feathernesters" group.

Oct 04, 2015 04:10 AM #3
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Kat Palmiotti
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Debbie - It was a lot of effort this time, but I'm sure I'll come up with a better way next time.

Judi - Me too!

RealMan - Thanks for the suggestion; I wasn't aware of that group, but I've just added it!

Oct 04, 2015 04:44 AM #4
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Grant Schneider
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Kat -  I never realized that acorns could be used for meal but then why would the squirrels want then.

Oct 04, 2015 05:37 AM #5
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
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Kat Palmiotti Way to take advantage of free natural resources!  Sounds like there are carbs in them - so not sure we'll follow your lead on this!

Oct 04, 2015 05:37 AM #6
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Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
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Kat,

That was a lot of work but I am glad you enjoyed your bread! I love fall and fall ideas this was definitely a good one!

Oct 04, 2015 07:10 AM #7
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Myrl Jeffcoat
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That is fascinating information about acorns.  Since I was a kid, I've wondered how Native Americans managed to use them as they did, because they seem so bitter.

CONGRATULATIONS on having this blog FEATURED in the Feather Nesters group! 

Oct 04, 2015 07:31 AM #8
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Mark Loewenberg
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sounds fun! must be a fun with the pitter patter of the nuts all night long

Oct 04, 2015 08:38 AM #9
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Hello Kat,  No need to ask what you did today...lol.  Very resourceful on your part.  I like it.  Make it a great week ahead Kat.  Mark

Oct 04, 2015 11:41 AM #10
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Kat- I had no idea you could use acorns for anything but feeding our squirrels or driving over them!!!  Amazing!

Oct 04, 2015 12:13 PM #11
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I would have to be mighty hungry to work that hard to eat acorns.  I applaud you though.  

Oct 04, 2015 01:59 PM #12
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Kat Palmiotti
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Grant - That's right; the squirrels like eating them!

Tony/Suzanne - Yes, there are carbs!  Researching about the acorns was quite interesting.

Yolanda - Thank you!

Myrl - Thank you for the feature (and for the group!). They are bitter but I'm betting the Native Americans figured out the boiling process to remove the bitterness, or perhaps they didn't mind the taste.

Mark L - The pitter-patter is annoying and can definitely wake up sound sleepers. ZZzzzzzz... BANG.

Mark - You also! I hope your week is great.

Kathy - Acorns are multi-usable!

Tammy - I was mighty curious but not too hungry. :-)

Oct 04, 2015 08:33 PM #13
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Very inventive Kat.  Now you can here your meals dropping from the trees!

Oct 04, 2015 08:48 PM #14
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Good morning Kat. I have a friend that has shared a couple of other uses for acorns, will share your post with him. Thank you for sharing it.

Make it a great week!

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When life gives you nuts - turn them into something delightfully nutty. Love the post and your attitude, Kat. :) 

Oct 05, 2015 01:28 AM #16
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You were definitely a woman on a mission. Glad you liked the acorn bread...who would have thought you could use acorns like this. Thanks for the information.

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