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chemchef Nov 28, 2007 01:28 PM

Preferably East Bay, but am willing to travel and/or mail order if necessary. Please help!

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    hi standards Nov 29, 2007 06:43 AM

    A long, long time ago, the Old Bale Grist Mill near Calistoga had some - but believe me, it was a LONG time ago! I think you might need to make your own. It's an involved process, but this is such a great year for acorns that you could collect more than enough pretty quickly. I recently googled the preparation process because I was thinking of trying to make my own and it seemed do-able.

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      chemchef Nov 29, 2007 07:04 AM

      Great! Can you include the link?

      Thanks!

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        hi standards Nov 29, 2007 11:04 AM

        http://plantanswers.tamu.edu/recipes/...

        try this and I'll look for another one I found also.

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          hi standards Nov 29, 2007 11:05 AM

          http://www.yumyum.com/recipe.htm?ID=1...

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          Glencora Nov 29, 2007 08:58 AM

          Wow, that's how our fifth grade history teacher tortured us. The process took forever and the resulting little patties were not good. Have you ever eaten anything tasty made from acorn meal?

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            chemchef Nov 29, 2007 11:30 AM

            I can't say for sure that I've eaten ANYTHING made from acorn meal, but I was hoping to make these:

            http://www.kqed.org/weblog/food/2007/...

            They look and sound sooooo good!

            I also have some recipes that call for chestnut flour that I thought might be able to be adapted to use the acorn meal.

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              malta Nov 29, 2007 04:33 PM

              I recently harvested and processed valley oak acorns up here in Sonoma County. They were quite mild and didn't require several rounds of leaching. I ground the acorns into a really beautiful meal with a hand grinder and used it in a gingerbread recipe - just substituted it for half the flour.

              Absolutely delicious and extremely satisfying to see the process through.

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          airma519 Apr 28, 2009 09:42 AM

          were you able to find a place to order from? I'm trying to order some for a school. Thanks!

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            Robert Lauriston Apr 28, 2009 09:57 AM

            When I was in elementary school, we ground our own as a class project.

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              chemchef Apr 28, 2009 01:16 PM

              NO! I never found any... waaaaaaaa! If anyone knows of any leads, do tell, please!

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                rworange Apr 29, 2009 07:27 PM

                You might call Hot Dog Depot in Martinez and see if they will sell you some of theirs.
                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/5945...

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                Hot Dog Depot & Bakery
                400 Ferry St, Martinez, CA

            2. Jumbo_Jack May 1, 2009 11:57 PM

              I'm not sure what you're trying to do, but just about any Korean grocery store carries acorn starch. It's generally used to make a savory acorn jello (just hot water in a pot and stir stir stir).

              FYI: There are a variety of different oak tree types in the area, and they nut at different times (also varying with weather too).

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                chemchef May 2, 2009 07:31 AM

                I don't know why the link I posted above doesn't work anymore, but I wanted to make these:

                http://blogs.kqed.org/bayareabites/20...

                I'm also not sure that acorn starch is the same as acorn flour (the same way that corn starch is not the same thing as corn flour).

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                  wolfe May 2, 2009 08:34 AM

                  Important points I like in the yumyum.com recipe.
                  Make meal by grinding dry, raw acorn kernels (after shelling).***
                  The white oak family has less tannin than the black oak family
                  Squirrels go for white oak acorns first.
                  They're not dumb.
                  *** never assume

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                    Jumbo_Jack May 2, 2009 10:15 AM

                    What's your take on red oak? It seems I'm mostly surrounded by red oaks (coastal live oaks, scrub oaks).

                    I have no idea what type of acorns we used as kids, but I don't think they were red oaks... they just weren't that pointy.

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                      wolfe May 2, 2009 10:26 AM

                      Apparently among acorn connoisseurs, deer, white acorns are preferred due to lower tannin levels. Of course, they have limited access to leaching procedures.
                      http://bowsite.com/bowsite/features/a...

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                        Jumbo_Jack May 4, 2009 11:02 PM

                        That's EAST coast... they don't even have the Coastal Live Oak that grows up and down the state. Or the scrub oaks...

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                          wolfe May 5, 2009 06:55 AM

                          Obviously those deer have limited access to transportation to sample our acorn offerings on the West Coast. Their loss.

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