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Why don't store bought Kale chips go stale?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created December 21, 2011 at 4:30 PM

I've got some Jungle snacks kale chips that I bought from Whole Foods. My Kale chips seem to lose their crunchiness after sitting out but those don't. Is it just the moisture packet or is there more to it?

De267f213b375efca5da07890e5efc25

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on December 22, 2011
at 05:16 AM

They look good but not thrilled about the usage of nuts. Also, the bag size isn't shown but if it's the same size as the others then it's about the same cost after shipping.

De267f213b375efca5da07890e5efc25

(3747)

on December 21, 2011
at 08:34 PM

I think so but not for autoimmune disorders, according to The Paleo Diet. The one at whole foods does appear to be drenched in dried tahini and garlic so maybe that does it, though Kale is still listed as the first ingredient. The Kale is also cut up into crumbs so maybe the dryness isn't noticed or the leaf can absorb more oil.

De267f213b375efca5da07890e5efc25

(3747)

on December 21, 2011
at 08:32 PM

Tossed in oil and baked.

De267f213b375efca5da07890e5efc25

(3747)

on December 21, 2011
at 08:31 PM

I thought about that but even after opening the bag it stays that way for days at least. Mine didn't even last a few hours.

F92e4ca55291c3f3096a3d4d3d854986

(11698)

on December 21, 2011
at 05:23 PM

is nutritional yeast paleo? i have wondered this before.

21fd060d0796fdb8a4a990441e08eae7

(24543)

on December 21, 2011
at 05:07 PM

one also had sesame, tahini-ish stuff at whole foods

21fd060d0796fdb8a4a990441e08eae7

(24543)

on December 21, 2011
at 05:06 PM

yup, like that.

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on December 21, 2011
at 04:56 PM

most of the ones I see have nutritional yeast in them, maybe that performs such a function

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on December 21, 2011
at 04:43 PM

Oh, wait! Do you mean an additive of some sort that makes the oil bind to the chip?

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on December 21, 2011
at 04:42 PM

Now I feel bad, Kamal, because I have no idea what a binder is! :-))

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21fd060d0796fdb8a4a990441e08eae7

(24543)

on December 21, 2011
at 04:38 PM

From what I can gather, they are either...

A) Dehydrated, or B) Cooked with a binder

These would prevent sogginess from moisture residue.

F92e4ca55291c3f3096a3d4d3d854986

(11698)

on December 21, 2011
at 05:23 PM

is nutritional yeast paleo? i have wondered this before.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on December 21, 2011
at 04:42 PM

Now I feel bad, Kamal, because I have no idea what a binder is! :-))

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on December 21, 2011
at 04:56 PM

most of the ones I see have nutritional yeast in them, maybe that performs such a function

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on December 21, 2011
at 04:43 PM

Oh, wait! Do you mean an additive of some sort that makes the oil bind to the chip?

De267f213b375efca5da07890e5efc25

(3747)

on December 21, 2011
at 08:34 PM

I think so but not for autoimmune disorders, according to The Paleo Diet. The one at whole foods does appear to be drenched in dried tahini and garlic so maybe that does it, though Kale is still listed as the first ingredient. The Kale is also cut up into crumbs so maybe the dryness isn't noticed or the leaf can absorb more oil.

21fd060d0796fdb8a4a990441e08eae7

(24543)

on December 21, 2011
at 05:07 PM

one also had sesame, tahini-ish stuff at whole foods

21fd060d0796fdb8a4a990441e08eae7

(24543)

on December 21, 2011
at 05:06 PM

yup, like that.

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8949bf87b0e0aefcad10f29975e4fa2b

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on December 21, 2011
at 04:37 PM

How do you make your chips? I find that they stay crisper when coated with a bit of oil. I make mine with a mix of olive oil, lemon juice and spices and they stay crisper much longer.

De267f213b375efca5da07890e5efc25

(3747)

on December 21, 2011
at 08:32 PM

Tossed in oil and baked.

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D9032e4f6540f9e6bcbb07143002bedd

(449)

on December 21, 2011
at 11:05 PM

it could be the desiccant, or whatever they use for sauce. have you tried kookie karma's kale or herb veggie crackers? they are both phenomenal!

De267f213b375efca5da07890e5efc25

(3747)

on December 22, 2011
at 05:16 AM

They look good but not thrilled about the usage of nuts. Also, the bag size isn't shown but if it's the same size as the others then it's about the same cost after shipping.

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07243c7700483a67386049f7b67d90a4

on December 21, 2011
at 07:13 PM

I think the air in the pack is nitrogen, this keeps 'em fresh.

De267f213b375efca5da07890e5efc25

(3747)

on December 21, 2011
at 08:31 PM

I thought about that but even after opening the bag it stays that way for days at least. Mine didn't even last a few hours.

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Ded84388fef90e4209cf9520d1456a95

on December 21, 2011
at 04:37 PM

I think that the staleness is the result of the chips absorbing water from the air, so the whole foods chips might be less hydroscopic for some reason, maybe because they are more thoroughly saturated with whatever oil they were cooked in.

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