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Acorn oil and flour

 
Richard Hixenbaugh
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I have a few quick questions. I have been doing a lot of research on acorns and such. I have literally tons of acorns thumb size and bigger mostly from white oaks at my disposal. I have cracked and leached about two gallons of nut meat so far and I'm waiting for it to dry. I'm going to be running it through an oil press to see if anything comes out. So my questions are is there any way to make a profit from them? I have enough this year that I can crack constantly until next fall. I would like to be able to offer the flour and oil that I should be getting from them to people that do not have access to them at a reasonable price. If its possible what should the cost be for flour and or oil? I do leave plenty for the local wildlife by the way and plan on putting the extracted nuts that i get oil from, back into the woods. birds love it. I'm in WV and would even consider selling uncracked or shelled nuts. Any ideas or suggestions please?
 
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Curious to see how you come out with the oil! What kind of press do you have? I too have access to more than plenty of acorns, and process them both for myself and my chickens (see our blog at udanwest.blogspot.com for the process I use). They don't seem very oily, but it will be some years before my olive trees start producing!
 
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Piteba. The standard red one from ebay. I have used it to extract black walnut oil and it works really well. I also have a few hundred black walnuts left to shell. Im getting a good amount of oil from them. I'm just not sure what to do with it. Could I maybe use the leftovers for making pellets? I have a pellet stove and was thinking of getting a pellet mill. I have an unlimited supply of sawdust. Would the acorns in their raw cracked form make a good binding agent? or maybe make some fuel logs out of them and sawdust? I'm currently making my own charcoal and have made a homemade press that produces nice square logs but need a better binder. I wonder if the acorns after extracting the oil woild make a good pellet by itself? sooooo many questions...... currently crying my crushed acorns infront of my pellet stove inside a piece of unused cheese cloth.
 
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If you've pressed the oil out of the meal, it still contains starch and protein, and so would still be useful as food or feed....seems a shame to burn it....
 
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As I understand it, oak acorns vary considerably in oil content with acorns from the red oak group containing considerably more oil(roughly 20%) than acorns from the white oak group (6-8%). There does seem to be a lot of variability between species within groups and in reported numbers. If these numbers are correct it certainly makes sense to focus on acorns from the red oak group if obtaining oil is your goal.
 
Tom Underhill
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I am interested in your results with flour and oil Richard. Here is information on a commercial acorn flour and cap operation.

 
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Did you try it and how did it go? I have worked with many acorns but am just getting into trying for oil. I have seen a company that professionally presses the oil and they were using mostly Souther Pin Oak acorns which are a deep orange color inside, indicating high levels of oil. Oaks of the red oak group seem to be the way to go and even then there may be certain species that will perform better for oil than others. Did the white oak acorns produce oil?
 
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