How To Dehydrate Kale

Kale is a nutritious and delicious veggie! Well according to SOME of us it is, to OTHERS we must hide said veggie in meals so they do not know it is there. 😀 If the name “sneaky chef” wasn’t already taken, I would probably be inclined to use it.

Hiding the kale is not as easy when in its fresh form so I had been seeing lots of info on dehydrating the kale to use in smoothies, soups, stews, salad dressings and other veggie dishes. I have only dehydrated herbs and mushrooms so really I should have known about the shrinkage. You can have literally a sack full of kale and after dehydrating and grinding it down, it goes from this –

Grocery bagged - STUFFED!
Grocery bagged – STUFFED!

To this –

Half  quart!!!!
Half quart!!!!

Can you believe that??? So I ended up with a half quart jar full of dehydrated, powdered kale. BUT you only need about a teaspoon to add to soups and stuff – experiment with the amount so you don’t overwhelm your family and add a cup full which would equal about I don’t know, 20 cups of fresh kale?! 🙂

So here is how to do it!

Dehydrated Kale Recipe

Step 1: Get a BIG bunch of kale to start. Tear it up in small pieces, removing the tough stem.

Torn pieces of kale
Torn pieces of kale

Step 2: Lay it all out in your dehydrator trays, will have to be done in batches if using the amount of kale that I used.

filled trays 1st round of dehydrating
filled trays 1st round of dehydrating

Step 3: Depending on how powerful your dehydrator is, it may take a couple hours. I think mine took 2.5 hours and I rotated the trays halfway through.

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Step 4: Take it out of the trays and put it in a big bowl. Bring the bowl to your food processor and fill it. Again you will have to do this in batches. Pulse it until it is fine but not dust!!!

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That’s all. Easy Peasy.

If you don’t want to do all of that work, again easy, then you can buy the kale powder HERE There are quite a few varieties.

Here are a couple ideas that I found for you to use your new green superfood –

I personally add it to my stock powder, add about 1 teaspoon to your chicken, beef or vegetable stocks. Just tell the family it is parsley or basil, they will never know. Hee Hee

OR in your smoothie add 1-2 teaspoons if you don’t have fresh kale.

Sprinkle it on a salad or mix it in any ranch or vinaigrette – again just say it is parsley.

FROM: http://momwithaprep.com/how-to-make-kale-powder/

We add kale powder to:

Spaghetti Sauce – I sprinkle in 2 TB

Meatloaf or other casserole dishes – I sprinkle what looks to be a good amount liberally throughout mix or casserole. I eyeball it.

Eggs  – we use it in scrambled eggs.

Salads – I use it as a sprinkle on top of my salads if I can’t get fresh kale to add to the mix.

Garnish – I garnish my dishes with this. I know most people will use fresh chopped parsley because of its ‘brightness’, but I choose to add a little extra boost of nutrition with kale. Sue me.

Smoothies – if I don’t have fresh or frozen kale left, I will use the powder, instead, and do a tablespoon per person

Anyone else wanna share their kale recipes?
Wildcrafting Wednesday

Have a super night, stay warm!

Anne-Marie

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