Freeze-dried, canned, and other pre-made survival foods can be essential for stockpiling in a crisis.
However, it’s also crucial to be able to know what natural sources in nature are beneficial for eating. This helps keep you from starvation, no matter where you wind up in a crisis.
And, as it ends up, acorns are one of the best, natural sources of food out there. However, most preppers don’t know this, since they don’t appear to be edible, or even beneficial for your health.
Well, it turns out the opposite is true.
Pay attention and you’ll soon discover…
Why Acorns Are A Surprisingly Awesome Survival Food
They’re Incredibly Common
Except for the desert, acorns can be found pretty much anywhere in the United States. That’s because these nuts fall from a huge variety of oak trees – particularly in the cooler seasons.
There’s a couple different ways to collect them. For one, you can wait for them to fall to the ground. Otherwise, you can climb a tree, and shake one of the branches until the acorns fall off (just be careful not to fall down with them).
They’re Simple To Prepare
Many preppers become wary of acorns as a food source – particularly because they don’t look edible. This is true – it’s not a good idea to just pop a few into your mouth and start chewing. However, the process to make them edible is fairly simple and straightforward.
First, remove the acorn out of its tough, outer shell. To do this, lay the nut onto a flat surface, and then roll (or smash) them with a hard object (like a rock). This will crack it open, revealing the nut (or “meat”) on the inside.
Although you now have access to the inner meat, it’s unfortunately not edible yet. That’s because this “inner nut” contains lots of tanning which will make you sick. Instead, soak them in a bowl of warm water for 8 hours.
Next, strain the water out, and taste one of the nuts. If they taste too bitter, it may be necessary to repeat the process and soak them for another 8 hours.
Keep in mind if you don’t have a bowl, you can also soak the nuts by putting them in a clean sock or pillow case (or even a net). Let them soak in a nearby river or creek until the water strips them of their bitter tannins.
Acorns Are Useful In Recipes
Acorn nuts can be eaten raw (after following the process above). However, they make a great ingredient in a variety of recipes.
For instance, with a little work and a few ingredients, you can make a batch of delicious acorn cookies. Watch the video below for the recipe.
You can also make acorn flour, which can help you make lots of delicious treats. See the video below to learn how to make the flour:
Once you have the flour you can make some outstanding acorn bread (as shown in the video below):
You can even use your toaster oven to toast the acorn nuts and make a delicious snack. See the video below for details: