November 12, 2010


Kale is a new to me vegetable over the past couple of years! I had a kale soup at a friend's house and REALLY liked it! After coming home I came up with my own version of Kale Soup and posted it here. I have done some research on the nutrients found in kale... VERY IMPRESSIVE INDEED!

Now, I'm working on my kale patch from the garden... YIKES it just grows and grows and GROWS!!

I've frozen some and now I'm working on dehydrating some too!! A friend of mine told me that she does this, so I thought I'd try it too! IT IS SUPER EASY!!

Pick, rinse well, tear or cut the leaves off the spine and put them on the dehydrator racks...  turn the machine on and roughly 4 hours later...   we have dried leaves!!

I took one batch, put them into a zip lock bag and crunched the leaves down to more of a powder. I think this will be a fun way of adding kale to spaghetti sauces and other soups etc. for a little bit more of a nutritious boost or if I ever get around to figuring out how to make my own pasta... I can see adding some kale powder to that too! :)

The rest of the dried kale leaves I've put into a large plastic container for storage! This will be used for kale soup or other soups where I want to have the leafy textures added in!! I've also read that you can bake the leaves spread out on a baking sheet sprinkled with a little olive oil and seasoned salt for kale chips!
I've shared this on Simple Lives Thursday hosted by Sustainable Eats! Check out this site for more recipes, tips and ways others have found to make their lives simpler! There are some very creative people out there!


melissa said...

Kale chips are DELICIOUS and really addictive. You should definitely, definitely make them.

Diana Bauman said...

This is one thing I want to start growing next year. I can't believe how much kale one plant produced. Thanks so much for sharing this and linking up to Simple Lives Thursday.

Melanie said...

I've also heard that if you don't pull up the plants by the roots and just cut them down, that they will grow back after the winter!! I'm going to give it a try this year... we have rather harsh winters, I'm so hoping it works! This variety is incredible! :)

Yolanda said...

Depending on where you live, kale will usually stand all winter in the garden and you can harvest it. I've done this, just throwing some clear plastic over it for minimal protection. It's a wonderful vegetable!