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What did I do wrong with my Kale chips

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created December 21, 2011 at 1:48 PM

I tried tossing some Kale with powdered spices (garlic, onion, ginger, pepper, salt) and roasted at 275 for ~20min. When they were done they tasted very good but I put them in tupperware and by morning they became chewy. Is that normal? Should I refrigerate them or is that just the way they are?

De267f213b375efca5da07890e5efc25

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on December 22, 2011
at 05:19 AM

Yeah a dehydrator would be nice but I don't have space for one sadly.

De267f213b375efca5da07890e5efc25

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on December 22, 2011
at 05:18 AM

That's a good point. Didn't think about it. Will try letting them cool more with a paper tower next time. I made some tonight but... they're gone :)

6b365c14c646462210f3ef6b6fecace1

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on December 21, 2011
at 07:41 PM

LOL - you're funny :-)

C796170f6af6f9b9afbf31f4550d1d84

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on December 21, 2011
at 06:09 PM

I use traditional Tupperware. It has a small lip on the side for burping.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on December 21, 2011
at 04:44 PM

Yes, a strict no-leftovers works well--except for slow-cooked stews!

De267f213b375efca5da07890e5efc25

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on December 21, 2011
at 04:22 PM

What kind of container can do that? I've seen infomercials for bags which you can attach a vacuum to but haven't seen any other products. I was hoping to maintain the shape of the chips and usage of a bug would crush them.

De267f213b375efca5da07890e5efc25

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on December 21, 2011
at 04:20 PM

I asked a related question about a crunchy salad topping and this was suggested. If I have to make them right before eating them, then kind of defeats the point, no? We don't have an oven at work.

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on December 21, 2011
at 01:53 PM

That has been my experience as well. They get soggy if they get moist at all, which is very likely even just from the air, depending on the humidity levels where you are. If you had something that could keep them dry, like the moisture packets that come with food, that might work. I'd also recommend letting them cool completely, and then storing them in the tupperware with a paper towel. You could try to see if you can revive them in the oven or a food dehydrator.

My solution has always been to not leave any leftovers. :)

De267f213b375efca5da07890e5efc25

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on December 21, 2011
at 04:20 PM

I asked a related question about a crunchy salad topping and this was suggested. If I have to make them right before eating them, then kind of defeats the point, no? We don't have an oven at work.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on December 21, 2011
at 04:44 PM

Yes, a strict no-leftovers works well--except for slow-cooked stews!

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on December 21, 2011
at 02:04 PM

What did I do wrong with my Kale chips

You didn't eat them all straight away.

6b365c14c646462210f3ef6b6fecace1

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on December 21, 2011
at 07:41 PM

LOL - you're funny :-)

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96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on December 21, 2011
at 04:50 PM

Layering cooled chips in absorbent paper such as napkins or paper towels and then placing them in a zip-lock plastic bag, I gently smooth down the bag to remove as much air as possible before sealing it. Any part of the upper bag that isn't full gets folded over as the lower part is lightly squeezed; the upper part is squeezed hard to remove all air. Between the paper and the small airspace most things keep pretty fresh.

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C796170f6af6f9b9afbf31f4550d1d84

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on December 21, 2011
at 02:20 PM

Mine always turn out fine- even though I live in "air like dog breath Savannah Ga" the trick is to let them cool completely and them keep them in an air tight container that you can "burp".

As an aside- did you get the oil on all of them and separate them well in the baking process?

De267f213b375efca5da07890e5efc25

(3747)

on December 21, 2011
at 04:22 PM

What kind of container can do that? I've seen infomercials for bags which you can attach a vacuum to but haven't seen any other products. I was hoping to maintain the shape of the chips and usage of a bug would crush them.

C796170f6af6f9b9afbf31f4550d1d84

(345)

on December 21, 2011
at 06:09 PM

I use traditional Tupperware. It has a small lip on the side for burping.

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8949bf87b0e0aefcad10f29975e4fa2b

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on December 21, 2011
at 04:35 PM

This is why I don't make the chips in an oven. Despite looking and sounding "done", there can still be a fair amount of water in them. I now use a dehydrator, and when I do make them, I leave the unit on continuously for several hours, then turn it off and on a few times to keep the chips cooler while they finish. (If you have a fancy dehydrator with a temp control, this extra step isn't necessary, just keep it on low.) It is also helpful to cut the kale into smaller pcs. and take out the main stem portion along the entire length of the leaf. If I am storing the chips for more than a few days, I "refresh" them by putting them back into a dehydrator for a half hour or into a regular oven for about 5 minutes.

De267f213b375efca5da07890e5efc25

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on December 22, 2011
at 05:19 AM

Yeah a dehydrator would be nice but I don't have space for one sadly.

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78fcdeee6ac4ee7d071bbac56b9e359f

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on December 21, 2011
at 04:25 PM

If they were still warm when you put them in the container that will cause condensation, which will re-moistureize them. I keep whatever I don't eat right away crushed up in a ramekin on the counter to add as a topping for later meals.

De267f213b375efca5da07890e5efc25

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on December 22, 2011
at 05:18 AM

That's a good point. Didn't think about it. Will try letting them cool more with a paper tower next time. I made some tonight but... they're gone :)

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