How many acorns does it take to make a pound of acorn flour?
It takes approximately 200 acorns to make one pound of acorn flour.
Aren't acorns bad for you to eat?
Acorns prepared for food are actually quite the opposite - nourishing and healthy. Cultures worldwide have depended on them as a staple food for millenia. Stories of acorn toxicity are in reference to their high tannin content, a naturally occurring compound widely distributed in many species of plants and present in foods such as berries, chocolate, red beans, herbs and spices, and other nuts such as hazelnuts, pecans, and walnuts.
Tannins impart a mildly bitter flavor in some common food and beverages (tea, for example) and may be healthy at low levels due to their natural antioxidant properties.
Before processing, acorns contain relatively high levels of tannins which bind with proteins and do not allow for proper assimilation of certain important nutrients. Since tannins are highly water-soluble, cultures who have relied on acorns as a staple food utilized water to rid the acorn meal of most of its tannins. Traditionally this was performed by methods such as placing acorns in a basket in a stream, burying them at the water's edge in bark-lined pits for a period of time, or building a mound of sand on which the acorn flour rested and then percolating water through it. Oaklore acorn flour is also processed with water to remove the high levels of tannins, just as our ancestors did.
How should I store my Oaklore products? Can acorn flour go bad?