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Category : Grains & Breads       Region : Southwest ~ California       Rating : 1
Chumash acorn mush

Contributor : chumash98

Tribal Affiliation : Coast chumash

Orgin of Recipe : Mum

Type of Dish : All Indigenous Ingredients

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Ingredients

  • black oak acorn
  • Water
  • tightly woven spruce basket
  • hot stones
  • The sea shore
  • losely woven basket
  • winnowing basket
  • mortar and pestle

Directions

WARNING:this recipe is the traditional one.if you want to do it the modern way use a sauce pan instead of a basket and wash the acorn meal with your tap.

The black oak acorn was very important for the chumash and was their staple.This dish is very very painstakin to make.
First you have to dry the acorns for a season before winter.
Then you crushe them to take out the meat.
but you have a red hull on the acorn meat.To remove this add water to the acorns and wonnow them until they are clean.
Poundd the acorns in the mortar to a meal.
Take the acorn meal into the losely woven basket.The basket should be lose enough to let water out but keep the meal in.
Take the meal in the basket to shore.Place the basket in a hole in the sand near the water.
The little waves will splash in to the basket while you keep on squezzing the meal.Do this for 8 HOURS.
After that rinse in fresh water and shake.Put the meal in the tightly woven basket
THIS BASKET SHOULD NOT LET WATER OUT.Put water in and hot stones.
Stir until thickened
enjoy.


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