Acorns have a bad rap becuase of the high amount of tannic acid in them. Tannic acid, commonly known as tannin, is a poison in high concentrations. But, this doesn't make acorns unusable.
First, know your acorn. Acorns from White Oak are lowest in tannin. Red Oak has a middling amount of tannin. Pin Oak is one of the highest in tannin.
Select your acorns carefully. Acorns with caps still on may not be of good use since the tree may have rejected them. If you see a tiny hole in the shell, that acorn is likely not useable since it has been invaded by an acorn weevil, depends on if you want the extra fat and protein from the grub. I couldn't find anything about the acorn weevil to say it was not edible. Nonetheless, its waste products are less than desirable. Sprouted acorns are good, don't throw them out.
Prepare your acorns. First shell them. This can be tedious. The last batch I processed I used a paring knife to split the nuts. After extracting the nut meats I then chopped them up fine, like cracked corn. The next step is leaching. Place the nutmeats in a bowl and cover with cold water.
Let it stand for 24 hours. The water will turn to a milky solution. Some of this is vegetable fats, but most of it is tannin. After doing this I realized I could have just smashed the nuts and picked out the large pieces of shell. During the leaching the smaller pieces of shell would float to the top where they can be skimmed out. Drain the solution off. Keep it to reduce for tanning hides or discard it. Cover the nut meats with cold water again and let stand for another 24 hours. Stirring it once or twice during the leaching may be helpful.
Leech and drain until the solution is no longer milky. Spread the nut meats out in a thin layer to dry.
Dec 21 2012, 8:43 PM EST by
Im so glad that Shadowmancer has made this page. I've been enthralled with pemmican for a number of years. This tasty food is packed with calories. When fortified with some not so traditional ingredients it supplies calories and vitamins from varied sources.
My recipe is for those who need to use the "other large edible animal" Quantities are by "feel". I do not have any actual measurements.
2 parts -Lean Beef, dried
1/3 part - Honey, dehydrated
1/3 part -Cashews, ground
1/3 part - Peanuts, ground
Rendered fat - beef tallow from marrow bones, fat trimmings, I even use bacon fat sometimes. Use enough to thoroughly "wet" all the dry ingredients, and then some more. It should roughly be 1 part.
I use beef roast for my beef source. I get one that is a bit larger than I need for a meal, then cut off a piece and slice it into 1/8 to 3/16 thick slices. These I will hang in the oven at its lowest setting until dry. While the beef is drying I put honey in an pyrex bowl and put it in the oven to dehydrate at the same time. I render the marrow and fat at the same time as cooking the roast. It all goes into a colander nested in a bowl. Getting the marrow bones and fat trimmings is often a matter of luck. That luck is best if I go shopping when there is actually a butcher in the market.
Mar 31 2012, 4:24 PM EDT by
Wild Food and Food from History
Eventually modern produced supplies will run out and you will require food. Agriculture takes time and you may run out before the crops are ready. Your crops may fail. You may have to travel and MRE’s will run out. This page will contain numerous w
There are plenty of supplements available from your nearest health food shop - most have a 3 year+ shelf life. Good quality multivitamins, spirulina/blue-green algae, wheatgrass all have masses of vital stuff you may be lacking if you're on rations or tinned food. And don't forget coffee, especially if you're a caffeine addict. A lot of people are unknowingly dependant on caffeine, and withdrawal can lead to headaches, loss of concentration and erratic behaviour.
Mar 30 2010, 1:38 PM EDT by
Gave tons of helpful information. Add to Proteins: they help create and supplement muscle growth.
first, a couple of things:
1. zombies are quite stupid, so the idea of a "leader" zombie is a moot point.they can barely walk, much less lead.
2.i think that as zeds seem to revert to more primal instincts, they move as starlings do in a flock. no leader, but they move together more through instinct, rather than through leadership.
3.the virus may attack the parts of the brain that deal with spatial awareness, but what about, say, re-animation? parsites? if anything, i think that the more basic the instinct, the more likely they are to be there by accident. or luck. bad luck. for us.
Oct 27 2009, 11:11 AM EDT by
My theory is that they have a built in radar of sorts. The virus manipulates the brain to its advantage. Humans typically use so much of their brain (can't remember off hand). this means that the virus can take over other parts not so much used by ourselves. I believe that humans have more than five sences. That voice inside your head warning you, "don't do this" - i think is a kind of foresight that every person has. ever feel like someones watching you? (no creepyness intended). Thats cause your brain knows. A built in radar if you will. Place a virus where its primary function is to take over these parts of the brain and you have a "computer". I think that the Z's know where eachother are, they just don't... care... just driven by instinct to spread their virus.
Oct 17 2009, 10:36 PM EDT by
Nutrients and Sources
Lifted from Vitamins, Minerals, and Survival Vitamin A , (retinol). We get this vitamin from milk products, animal fat, carrots, and leafy green vegetables. Why do we need this vitamin? It helps keep your vision working well,
Jul 17 2010, 7:51 PM EDT by John_234