Making Kale Chips

in HiveGarden4 months ago (edited)



Kale is well known for the nutrition that it packs into its leaves. It also has a reputation in some circles as being kind of boring. Making your own crunchy Kale chips at home can give it the kick it needs to be incorporated into your diet unless you're already a convert.


Pick and wash choice pieces of Kale.


How to make your own delicious Kale chips –

Grab yourself some good sized leaves from your garden and give them a bit of a wash. Cut out the stalks and cut the leaves into pieces as big as you’d like.


Remove the stalk.



Slice them to a size you’ll like to nibble on.


With the crinkly varieties, I’ve found that you can save a bit of time by cutting across the stalk where it narrows. Then trim the sides. You can just tear the leaves but as this is the highest quality kind of cooking post, I’ve shown pics of cutting 🤣







Don’t throw out the stalk or the little pieces of leaf that you inevitably end up with. You can dry and powder them later for stocks and soups.



A light coat of oil…


You need to lightly coat the pieces with oil. Olive oil or Rice Bran oil do the trick nicely but use what you've got. Don’t drench them, just a light coating will do. Some folks lay them on a sheet of baking paper, I pop them into a big bowl to do it.

Sprinkle lightly with salt to taste. I love salt so I pile it on but your tastes may be a bit more delicate and refined. If you are using a bowl, give it all a toss so that the oil can get into all the nooks and crannies of your Kale pieces.



That's a bit much salt, even for me


Preheat your oven to 120 – 150°C

Lay the pieces out on baking paper on an oven tray and pop them into your oven for 20 minutes or so, checking periodically for crunchiness.



Lay them out on some baking paper.


Have a look after 10 minutes and move them around a bit and maybe even flip them so that they get baked evenly on both sides.

At this stage, before you pop the trays back into your oven, you can add Chili or Garlic flakes, dried Onion, Sesame seeds or Amaranth seeds as you desire. The choice is yours, it all adds to the taste!



Looks kind of like dried Seaweed but tastes a whole lot better!


When you’re happy with their crispness remove your chips from the oven and allow them to cool.

Munch away!



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Legend! I saw this exactly when I needed to see it.

We have three different types of kale in the garden at the moment and didn't know how to get the children to eat it till now.

Kids are notoriously fickle.
When Marlon was little, he loved his 'orange soup'. He'd wolf down bowls and ask for more. Then one day, he saw his mum cutting Pumpkins to make it. He never wanted it again!

With the kale chips, you can also coat them with honey...all sorts of things too

I ended up making three trays in the end! One salt, one garlic flakes and one a mix of salt & sugar. And in fact the favourite was the one with sugar! Will try honey next time.

Thankfully our little ones are generally okay with the orange soup, I would say because they were largely involved in the growing of the pumpkins. This seems to help a lot!

Wow! it really looks crunchy and yummy. This is an advantage for having an oven. Thanks for sharing this @ligayagardener.

You can use a grill or even open stove too!

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This is an interesting chip. Next time I find some Kale on the shelf I'll try this out.

It's well worth it!

haa what a nice way to make snacks!
and we can combine it with other vegetables, blend them, make some kinds of "dough" and then make nice chips or "cookies" too;)

we powder a lot of our excess greens too, then incorporate them into practically everything