Kale is considered a green. It is also considered a "super food", which means that it is really something good for you to eat. Usually when something gets the label "good for you to eat", it is not the most desirable.
Our family really does like kale. To me, it is one of those foods that you can sneak it and feel good about it!
Here is a great, and easy way, to get kale into your diet.
My garden has a beautiful row of kale. If you keep it picked, by plucking off the leaves, it will continue to grow and grow, leaving you with an unending supply.
I picked a nice batch this morning and will be drying it. We use the dried kale for smoothies. You can either dry it and keep it together with the whole leaves or you can also crush it into a fine powder. I just leave my whole and don't take that extra step. If storage is an issue, you can turn it into a fine powder for a more compressed way of storing it.
Here is the fresh kale that I picked this morning.
Wash the kale thoroughly and pat it dry. You just want to use the leafy part of it, so the stems easily break off.
Place the kale on your dehydrator try in a single layer. It doesn't matter if the leaves overlap or are crowded.
Fill the trays.
My dehydrator has a setting knob. I set it on the vegetable setting.
Your kale is done when it is crispy. It doesn't take very long. A couple hours at most. This is what it will look like.
I store mine in a storage container, like this.
When I am making smoothies in the morning, I just pop in several of the leaves. The blender chops them up fine and believe me...you will not know that it is a part of your smoothie. My kids eat smoothies a couple times a week and they don't have a clue that I am packing them with this "good for you" food!
Until next time, Julie
Julie is Merissa's mom and she's committed to living a frugal and simple lifestyle. Julie grows her own herbs in her garden and enjoys making things at home. You can now find her home remedies and ideas here at Little House Living.
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