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How do you eat kale?

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Created June 14, 2011 at 6:05 AM

My wife and I wanted to expand our limited range of veg selection and bought some kale and boiled it and it was totally inedible, soooo bitter. How does one eat kale and WHY if it's so bitter.

Perhaps our kale was just SUPER bitter for some reason.

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on April 28, 2013
at 04:28 AM

dextrose is a sugar

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on March 01, 2013
at 09:27 PM

Yes, Bacon Grease! Makes kale delicious. I saute it in bacon grease, add a splash of water to steam slightly, then add red pepper flakes and salt. But now I've got to try the pickle juice...

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on March 01, 2013
at 06:38 PM

Yeah, I think it's the acidity of citrus or vinegar that actually "cooks" it.

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on July 31, 2012
at 12:00 AM

I don't. I can't stand its taste nor texture, and there are other leafy greens that I enjoy far more.

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on December 21, 2011
at 04:39 PM

I do it this way, too, and usually add in some peppers when they are available.

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on December 09, 2011
at 09:40 PM

Slice kale to remove stems. THen pile leaves on top of each other, roll them up (short side) and shred very thinly, so you end up with very thin slivers of kale. Heat your favorite oil ( evoo and coconut) in a saute pan, add several slices of garlic and throw your kale in. Cook it quickly until bright green. Add a touch of water, if it dries out. You should discover an entirely new flavor in the kale. Kale also is great in soups, like minestrone or any meat based soup. Good luck

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on November 24, 2011
at 03:37 AM

I also do a kale/sausage soup & take it to work for lunches all week long - never get tired of it!

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on June 15, 2011
at 09:35 PM

+1 for being adventurous and trying new veggies and cooking methods and asking for help, rather than just declaring it a failure.

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on June 15, 2011
at 09:32 PM

Corrections: "loosely" and "bacon bits." I type too fast!

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on June 15, 2011
at 09:31 PM

I love it! Chop/slice it up lossely (not fine pieces) then saute' in butter - sort of stir fry style. Coconut oil would likely work well too, but I've eaten it this way for years and have always used butter. You want it lightly to moderately cooked - still having some "spring" to it. It has a lemoney zing which I love. My H. likes me to throw in some back bits. YUM!

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on June 14, 2011
at 05:52 PM

I love this too!

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on June 14, 2011
at 05:16 PM

I toss the kale in coconut oil or animal fat instead of olive oil, and then add the seasoning. sooo soo good. i do the same with mustard greens as well.

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on June 14, 2011
at 04:22 PM

I use butter and salt. Better than pop corn. they get so crispy and crunchy like you would not even believe. I love the sound and feeling of a kale chip shattering into a billion tiny pieces as I crush it gently with my tongue.

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on June 14, 2011
at 02:27 PM

I could live off of these things. You can add different spices, to switch it up every now and then.

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on June 14, 2011
at 01:23 PM

The massage is key. Makes it so tender. The addition of some sort of lemon juice or vinegar is the other key IMO. Really good stuff.

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on June 14, 2011
at 12:55 PM

LOVE kale and sausage soup!

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on June 14, 2011
at 12:53 PM

ate it last night!

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on June 14, 2011
at 11:38 AM

i bought an oil misting bottle to get a nice thin film on the leaves. i grind red pepper flakes in my spice grinder and dust on after the oil mist.

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on June 14, 2011
at 11:13 AM

Love WHFoods site!!

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on June 14, 2011
at 11:10 AM

I also saute it with oil and garlic. I add some crushed red pepper flakes and instead of vinegar, I add lemon juice at the end.

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on June 14, 2011
at 11:09 AM

I do the same but I don't put the salt on until they are done cooking. I bake for 12 minutes. Seems to be the magic number! Also, make sure the leaves are dried very well with a salad spinner.

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on June 14, 2011
at 06:13 AM

I make Kale Chips

Oven at 350F, tear kale into "chip-size" pieces (remove the stem) and toss in olive oil. I sprinkle on some sea salt although everyone has a variation/preference as far as seasoning. Bake for about 10-15 minutes (don't let them turn into brown burnt crisps!)

Voila!

I toss kale into my stir-fries, etc. Think of kale as a substitute for spinach in certain dishes.

As for the bitterness, what exactly did your kale look like? Was it a crinkly dark green? Purple? Some varieties tend to be more bitter than others. Like some lettuces, the smaller the leaves, the less bitter they are. I grow kale and lettuce- I prefer the baby leaves over the ginormous ones.

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on June 14, 2011
at 05:16 PM

I toss the kale in coconut oil or animal fat instead of olive oil, and then add the seasoning. sooo soo good. i do the same with mustard greens as well.

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on June 14, 2011
at 11:09 AM

I do the same but I don't put the salt on until they are done cooking. I bake for 12 minutes. Seems to be the magic number! Also, make sure the leaves are dried very well with a salad spinner.

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on June 14, 2011
at 11:38 AM

i bought an oil misting bottle to get a nice thin film on the leaves. i grind red pepper flakes in my spice grinder and dust on after the oil mist.

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on June 14, 2011
at 02:27 PM

I could live off of these things. You can add different spices, to switch it up every now and then.

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on June 14, 2011
at 04:22 PM

I use butter and salt. Better than pop corn. they get so crispy and crunchy like you would not even believe. I love the sound and feeling of a kale chip shattering into a billion tiny pieces as I crush it gently with my tongue.

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on June 14, 2011
at 06:25 AM

Sautee it with onion or garlic (if you eat those) and add a splash of vinegar when done cooking, the vinegar cuts the bitterness. Raw, salads are great mixed with fruit and I second the kale "chips" totally addicting.

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on June 14, 2011
at 11:10 AM

I also saute it with oil and garlic. I add some crushed red pepper flakes and instead of vinegar, I add lemon juice at the end.

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on June 14, 2011
at 11:25 AM

My families favorite way to eat kale is raw. The kids DEVOUR it. The key to eating it raw is to massage olive oil into every leaf. The massaging of the leaf is "cooking" it. Then you can use your imagination. Dice up red onion, avocado, sprinkle with sea salt and cayenne. It is divine and even better the 2nd day. This may not be the exact recipe that got us started making this stuff (at least once a month), but it is close. We usually don't do the lemon juice or tomato, but I think the first time we made it we did. We rarely cook it because every time we get it we like the salad, but if we do, it is usually the kale chips!

http://goneraw.com/recipe/avocado-kale-salad

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on June 14, 2011
at 01:23 PM

The massage is key. Makes it so tender. The addition of some sort of lemon juice or vinegar is the other key IMO. Really good stuff.

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on March 01, 2013
at 06:38 PM

Yeah, I think it's the acidity of citrus or vinegar that actually "cooks" it.

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on June 14, 2011
at 06:13 AM

Really, do ANY vegetables taste all that great boiled? Also, make sure you're removing the ribs.

I generally saute kale and it's delish. Another way is to marinate it. My pre-paleo recipe was 1/3 olive oil, 1/3 vinegar, 1/3 cup orange juice and splash of soy sauce. Let it sit for at least 4 hours, but overnight is better. Even people who don't like kale like this.

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on June 14, 2011
at 08:56 AM

I sautee onions and garlic and kale in butter or bacon grease, then scramble eggs into it. Even my toddler will eat kale when it's in scrambled eggs.

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on June 14, 2011
at 05:52 PM

I love this too!

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on December 21, 2011
at 04:39 PM

I do it this way, too, and usually add in some peppers when they are available.

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on June 29, 2011
at 01:20 AM

Lacinato Kale is my absolute FAVE - oh man, Lacinato, lemon, shallot, Maldon sea salt - YUM. My suggestions: Kale chips. Chiffonade and add to a big bowl of greens and treat just like salad. Saute with whatever you like - shaved garlic and lemon juice is a solid. Steam the leaves and use as a roll-up. Chop up, season, and stuff a chicken, or any meat for that matter, with the mixture - add a few nuts, super good. Slice into an omelet. Add to soup. Acid is always a key ingredient so definitely utilize. Oh! I've used the leaves to wrap burgers in as well. Faux bun! Have fun :)

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on June 14, 2011
at 06:49 AM

I put it in a blender with an apple/pear and raspberries~ yum!

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on June 14, 2011
at 06:14 AM

you must cook it within a day or two of when you bought it to avoid the bitterness, and make sure to buy from a grocery that has high turnover.

i steam it or cook it in a pressure cooker with some bacon for flavor. it comes out delicious. add some coconut oil or ghee on top. plus some seat salt.

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on July 30, 2012
at 09:35 PM

Saute it in bacon grease...toss with bacon bits and either vinegar or, my favorite, juice from a pickle jar.

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on March 01, 2013
at 09:27 PM

Yes, Bacon Grease! Makes kale delicious. I saute it in bacon grease, add a splash of water to steam slightly, then add red pepper flakes and salt. But now I've got to try the pickle juice...

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on June 14, 2011
at 11:16 AM

I either simmer it for awhile with some bacon, onion, and a little vinegar, or juice it with apple, lemon, and carrot.

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on June 14, 2011
at 11:13 AM

Kale chips, saute kale or steam it to serve with sauce and meatballs. Also, kale is great in soups. I make a kale and sausage soup in the winter that my husband requests!

I love cooking with kale but noticed it hasn't been looking that great in the foodstore so I didn't buy it. Make sure when you get it it's fresh and not all wet!

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on June 14, 2011
at 12:55 PM

LOVE kale and sausage soup!

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on November 24, 2011
at 03:37 AM

I also do a kale/sausage soup & take it to work for lunches all week long - never get tired of it!

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on March 01, 2013
at 05:04 PM

I usually just eat it raw in a salad, mixed with various vegetables and a fat source (coconut oil; avocado; fish) for optimal nutrient absorption. Sometimes I sauté it.

Kale chips are tasty but I can't be bothered to make them myself. Occasionally I buy this brand: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Natashas-Living-Food/101596996491?id=101596996491&sk=app_184217821649480

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on March 01, 2013
at 05:00 PM

Boil kale and carrots in water, then add it (and remaining water) into blender with milk and 2 or 3 tsp of DEXTROSE (not sugar)

Make a delicious green smoothie!

Mike

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on April 28, 2013
at 04:28 AM

dextrose is a sugar

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on July 31, 2012
at 12:28 AM

I can usually do the "saute some onion & garlic, toss in the kale, add some water, when finished dress with a little vinegar or lemon juice" thing, or put it in a scramble. However, if my tastebuds or stomach are steering me another way, I cook kale, or any greens actually, Indian-style. Do you like saag paneer for example? I made basically the same thing without the paneer and used up some kale and chard I had in the fridge and it was so good. This works for collard greens, fenugreek greens (methi), all kinds of greens (I've done it with chickweed and lambs-quarters too). This recipe looks about right, I tend to improv: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/aarti-sequeira/saag-paneer-spinach-with-indian-cheese-recipe/index.html You don't have to finish with dairy if you don't eat yogurt. You can put a couple of tablespoons of cashew, macadamia, or almond butter in at the end to smooth it off.

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on July 30, 2012
at 11:28 PM

With my hands, mainly. Sometimes a fork.

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on July 30, 2012
at 11:22 PM

I just had this the other night and it was surprisingly delicious. The coconut does not overwhelm; the onions tone it down quite a bit. And instead of red pepper I added a pinch of nutmeg. It was GOOD!

http://www.thehungrywife.com/vegetables/coconut-cream-kale/

(of course if your Primal/lacto-Paleo heavy cream does the trick as well!)

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on July 30, 2012
at 08:31 PM

Going to try Kale for the first time after reading all your comments. Thanks. I grew it my garden this year because it was different.

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on November 24, 2011
at 03:08 AM

Hands down - I make kale chips. I can even get my kids to eat them!

http://www.thewholekitchen.com/kale-chips/

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on June 24, 2011
at 08:18 PM

This just popped up in my Facebook feed and I believe it is relevant to the initial question: http://www.theperennialplate.com/recipes/2011/06/raw-kale-salad-with-bacon-and-egg/

Of course, you can pull out the raw honey if that is not part of your lifestyle :)

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on June 14, 2011
at 04:04 PM

For Dino kale, my hubby sautés it with red onions and apple cider. He throws some dried cherries in at the end. A little sugary but soooo good. For regular kale we make a soup with chicken broth and cut up sausage. (and I think some other stuff...) The kale balances the spicyness really well. For some reason that recipe wasn't nearly as good with Dino kale. I tried sauteing kale in bacon grease but it ended up tasting too... Heavy? Sorry, I'm not much of a cook or foodie, so I let my hubby handle it if it's more complex than broiled meat and steamed veggies. :)

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on June 14, 2011
at 12:54 PM

This is my favorite: http://www.janespice.com/recipes/esalen-kale-salad

I skip the sprouts and seeds if I'm not into them at the moment. I'm not sure if Bragg's Liquid Aminos are Paleo, but they sure make this salad taste awesome.

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on June 14, 2011
at 12:52 PM

the more bitter the better - like broccoli-rabe - saute in garlic and onion w olive oil - it's fantastic - just had some yesterday!! LOVE IT!!! I personally wouldn't ruin the taste by making "chips" with it!

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on June 14, 2011
at 12:47 PM

I sautee mine in ghee (butter,) garlic and onions and sometimes I add an egg or two and make a kale scramble. It's super yum.

Kale is also delicious in Fritattas with Sausage. You can also throw some raw in a smoothie for some green power, though I wouldn't do it all the time because of the oxalates.

Ditto on the Kale Chips. If you sprinkle some nutritional yeast on them after baking them, it makes them extra delish. I bake my kale Chips in Bacon grease or Ghee. Mmmmmmmmmm

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on June 14, 2011
at 12:26 PM

I add it to stews in the crock pot or to chicken soup in the stock pot.

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on June 14, 2011
at 11:47 AM

I chop the kale, boil it to soften it up a little. Only takes a few minutes so watch out for over cooking it. When its done, run it through a collander. Then I cook some bacon and then add some garlic and onions and the kale. Sea salt to taste.

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on June 14, 2011
at 11:42 AM

i save the stems and spines for soup; chop it up before you toss it in the pot.

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on June 14, 2011
at 10:08 AM

http://whfoods.org/genpage.php?tname=recipe&dbid=281 The Healthy Breakfast Frittata is awesome too.

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on June 14, 2011
at 11:13 AM

Love WHFoods site!!

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on June 14, 2011
at 07:09 AM

Curly Kale can be quite a different beast than other varieties. It tends to be a bit less edible raw to me. I usually chop up some bacon, render it, and throw in some onion and the kale, with ribs removed. Add a splash of vinegar right at the end and cover and it'll soften up perfect.

I've heard the kale chips (as others have described) can be fantastic.

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