Thursday, October 18, 2012

Kale Chips!

I'm getting some really big leaves from the Red Russian Kale, so I needed to find out how to use this plant. I've read that it can get bitter, so I tried part of a leaf and it was very mild, I think this would be good just raw in a salad, along with other lettuces.  It doesn't have that "greens" taste that I don't like.

Many of the gardening blogs recommend Kale chips, so I decided to give these a chance.  Easy, peasy to make.
 Trim off the stems.
 Aren't these leaves beautiful?!
 Cut or tear leaves into chip size pieces, then toss in a few tablespoons of olive oil.  Add seasonings as you desire.  I put seasoning salt (that included garlic salt and parsley) and tossed it in a bag with the olive oil.
 You can oven dry or dehydrate (which I did) 125 degrees for 10 hours.  I saw some recipes that call for frying in oil, too, which are probably delicious, but we stay away from fried when we can.
These are pretty, and really seem to just melt in your mouth.  Really good, although I think I over-did the salt (I'll shake on less salt next time).  Kale has lots of benefits vitamin-wise, so I give this idea a B+ (only because they're not Cheetos, you know?!) ha ha ha!

I have a small bed of Dinosaur kale coming along, too, although much slower then the Red Russian. It's supposed to get really big, so it'll probably be in the garden all winter.


  1. Saw this yesterday:

    1. Now that sounds good! Next really cold weekend, I may make that!