Safe processing of old acorns
November 30, 2011 3:35 PM Subscribe
Wild foods filter: have these old acorns been processed enough to be safe to eat?
For a class project, my daughter wanted to bring in pancakes made from acorn flour she processed herself. She left this to nearly the last minute, and spent an hour collecting a bag of very muddy, oldish looking acorns. After sorting, she had about a pound of viable (though not exactly fresh) acorns.
She opened them, threw out those that were spoiled/dark/wormy (there were a lot of these), and put the okay-looking nutmeats in to soak overnight. She then ground them in a food processor, and has put the resulting mush through three boiling-water washes. The mush is going to be dried in a 200 degree oven for an hour and then mixed with water and salt to make some (very small) pancakes.
My question is: Does this sound like enough processing to be safe? I really don't want her to inadvertently sicken an entire class.