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gfish and I went to Wright park to get acorns for bread.

Walking down the road here is like walking through an illuminated manuscript. The trees are vivid gold and scarlet at the edges, green in the center, and fallen leaves rustle underfoot like paper. The wind is sharp and cold and smoky and gray as the sky. There are red-gold apples and smooth round horse chestnuts. Good day for blankets and fireplaces, for feeling the wind in your hair and leaves under your feet.

Seattle is so often watercolors, cool and blurred. Today is an oil painting.

Current Mood: happyhappy

Well, I've never done it before, either, but it sounds like a tasty experiment. I'll post more details results on kissingcrust when I have them, but the general idea is:

  • Find acorns. This may include fending off squirrels trying to mug you once you have some in a bag.
  • Boil acorns in shells for a minute or two to make them easier to shell. Drain them and cut them into quarters with a paring knife and peel the shells off.
  • Use a food processor or a knife to cute the acorns into little pieces - rice sized, maybe?
  • Boil the pieces for 5-10 minutes, taste a piece. If it's bitter, drain the water, add fresh, and boil for 5-10 minutes more. Repeat. Acorns have lots of tannin in, which is bitter tasting and not good for one.
  • When acorn bits no longer taste bitter, let dry, grind into flour, and use in flour-things. Apparently the flour is dense and nutty and makes things you put it in softer.</ol>

    I'm told that the oak trees with pointy leaves and hair inside the shells have acorns that contain so much tannin that the above method is even more impractical, but acorns from oak trees with rounded leaves and no hair inside the shells are a lot more edible.

    When I actually get around to using them, I'll probably make a big post in kissingcrust - I've been wanting to try this since last spring! :)

That sounds pretty nifty. Will you share if it comes out well? I'll make you more PAH! :)

How long does it take to dry the nuts? My guess is rather than flower, you're going to end up with acorn butter.