Wednesday, March 8, 2017

How to Preserve Kale the Easy Way: Make Kale Powder!

I usually start my day with a smoothie for breakfast. I kinda wing the ingredients in my smoothie recipes. I fell into a general formula of fortified dairy free milk, fruit (often frozen to fake me into pretending it is a milkshake,) a protein, and an extra like like leafy greens, spices, or honey.

It is the lazy way to eat a quick and healthy breakfast, especially if I make a double batch the day before. In that way it works great.

Do you know what doesn't work? How long those leafy greens, kale in particular, stay fresh in my refrigerator. I swear the minute I put kale in my shopping cart, it starts to turn (no matter where I buy it.)
 
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How to Dehydrate Kale

 

I found the best way to preserve fresh kale is to be proactive and dehydrate it. That way I can actually eat all of the produce I buy by adding homemade kale powder to my breakfast smoothie. You can also use DIY kale powder as a gluten free way to thicken soup.


Let’s dehydrate!

You will need 

 

Dehydrator – I have Nesco dehydrator and love it! I got it because it received the best reviews and they are so right!

Clean a Screen dehydrator liners – crazy helpful when dehydrating what will become little flakes.

Kale

Blender – It doesn’t have to be fancy. I have an Oster blender with a glass jar (no need to worry if it is BPA free plastic or not) that does the job just fine.

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How to Make Kale Flakes


1. Wash the kale and pat it dry if needed.

2. Remove the stems from the kale if needed.

3. Arrange the fresh kale in a thin layer on the clean a screen trays lining your dehydrator trays.

3. Dehydrate the kale leaves for 6 to 10 hours at 125 degrees (F ) or until the kale is fully dry and without moisture. I usually dehydrate my kale overnight since the leaf thickness and size, amount of the tray, moisture on the leaves from washing etc. determine how long they will take to dehydrate.

4. Once the kale is fully dehydrated and cool, transfer the dry kale leaves to the blender and pulverize the dried kale leaves into kale powered.

5. Store your home dehydrated kale powder in an sealed container (I use an empty mason jelly jars) until you are ready to get your kale on!

Yep, it is that. easy!

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