OAKLORE

Nourishment from the ground up

Acorn flour, acorn flour muffin mixes (gluten or gluten-free), acorn flour pancake mixes (gluten or gluten-free), and other acorn products.

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.  

What ingredients are in the gluten-free flour used in some of your muffin and pancake mixes?

Rice flour, tapioca starch, potato starch, whole grain brown rice flour, vitamin and mineral blend (calcium carbonate, niacinamide (vitamin B3), reduced iron, thiamin hydrochloride (vitamin B1), riboflavin (vitamin B2)).

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?

Acorns contain a high percentage of naturally occurring oils, like other tree nuts, which could potentially spoil under the right conditions.   We recommend that Oaklore products be stored in a cool place (freezer, refrigerator, basement, or other location) if you don't plan to use them within a few weeks after purchasing.