How To Prepare And Eat Acorns

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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

  • Boil shelled raw acorns until the water is the color of strong tea.
  • Strain the nuts through a colander and discard the water.
  • Repeat step 1 until the water boils clear. This step 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.

This video will teach you how to prepare acorns correctly so that they can be consumed. Acorns are NOT edible unless prepared correctly so do not eat raw acorns. Acorns are readily available in most forests so why wouldn’t we want to know how to prepare and eat them?

Most people shell,boil then roast acorns for long term storage but some just boil and eat. The best thing to do is figure out what works best for your prepping purposes. I personally shell, boil then dehydrate acorns for long term storage. Definitely a skill you want to add to your survival arsenal!

via MasterSurvival

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