How to Process Acorns

Everyone has their own method of processing acorns to make them edible. However the method used is usually a variation of each other. Here is my preferred way to process acorns.

  1. Pour boiling water onto whole shelled acorns and allow to soak for a few hours, then strain off the water (this removes the tannins). Repeat throughout the day. I normally do 3 or 4 changes of water.
  2. Do as above for 4-5 days. The coloured water will get clearer the more times you do it.
  3. Then on the last day put acorns in a pan of water, bring up to boil, then simmer for 10-20 minutes. Take off heat and allow to cool. Then strain.
  4. Either use immediately or freeze.

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2 thoughts on “How to Process Acorns

  1. I have tons in my yard and just want to use them as fall decorations. I heard you should bake them to kill anything in there, is this true ? If so what temperature and how long ? Thank you

  2. No idea. Wouldn’t have thought of wanting to “kill anything” in an acorn if you’re using it just for decoration. Wotcha afraid of, an iddy-biddy insect?