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Hack my crumbly Kale Chips!!

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 18, 2012 at 6:46 PM

To all you master chefs,

i need help with my kale chips! i want to make a batch that is good enough to take to a party as my "snack to pass."
my kale chips always come out 'good enough' for me - but quite crumbly???
my other dilema is that i have a hard time digesting nuts and seeds, so adding cashew or other seed paste is out. any other successful recipes that make a kale chip 'good enough' for a non-paleo party going snacker?

thanks a million!!

32c599220cfbc3e5bfd44137ec95238e

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on April 19, 2012
at 04:22 PM

425 for 5-8 min! Enjoy

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

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on April 18, 2012
at 11:47 PM

+1 for collards. My kale always ends up crumbly.

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on April 18, 2012
at 10:23 PM

what temp and for how long?? thanks!!

32c599220cfbc3e5bfd44137ec95238e

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on April 18, 2012
at 10:02 PM

Yes, but its a little trickier, you just need to make sure to spray it lightly (mist it). I did it once and it gave the sweetness that made it almost like kettle corn, but I can really taste the sweet in coconut oil, some others cant

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on April 18, 2012
at 09:10 PM

Do you think they would turn out ok with coconut oil?

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1da74185531d6d4c7182fb9ee417f97f

on April 18, 2012
at 11:37 PM

I cook mine low and slow. Also I use collards which hold up a LOT better. I put my oven on 170 and bake for almost an hour (it'd be even better in a dehydrator) and cook with a saturated fat of my choice, some spices, and sometimes... even though it's not paleo, I use nutritional yeast which gives it a lovely cheesy taste. Low and slow yields much better results, in my experience. The ones at the store are usually dehydrated. I don't know how this recipe of cooking them at 300 became some ubiquitous. It really doesn't turn out well using that method.

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

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on April 18, 2012
at 11:47 PM

+1 for collards. My kale always ends up crumbly.

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D290734f36a9ae03e3f60e0fa088d7ed

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on April 18, 2012
at 06:49 PM

I think they do tend to be crumbly, but I guess you could try cooking them less? Also try tossing them in oil so they crisp up a bit without overcooking and crumbling too much.

In terms of flavoring, try tossing them in olive oil mixed with sriracha for a little spice.

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on April 19, 2012
at 04:35 AM

I tear the leaves off from the stems, tear the leaves into chip sized pieces, toss in a bowl with a liberal amount of oil + kosher salt. Then I spread them in a single layer on a pan, put in a 400 degree oven, and watch them like a hawk. I start checking after around 5 minutes, and pull them off, as each piece becomes crunchy and delicious, then returning the soggy chips back to the oven until they are crunchy and tasty as well. Always a big winner, even among kids.

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on April 18, 2012
at 11:52 PM

How are you making them? I use the dehydrator only, and coat everything with oil with my bare hands to make sure every surface is coated but there isn't too much oil on any one place.

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on April 18, 2012
at 11:30 PM

I think the key is to make many batches and just take the hardiest. We put ours in for about 15-20 minutes on 300 degrees. Toss with olive oil and malt vinegar, and sprinkle with salt -- salt & vinegar chips!

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32c599220cfbc3e5bfd44137ec95238e

on April 18, 2012
at 08:56 PM

I dont know about doing a "mix" When i make kale chips i just take the kale off the stem (vein hard middle thing) and tear it into pieces, spray with olive oil, sprinkle with a bit of salt and bake away! They turn out just like chips only they look like kale!

0c1b326ffcf37b1174d64bb1db5ac95c

(419)

on April 18, 2012
at 10:23 PM

what temp and for how long?? thanks!!

Fa8d53527dd4a326da1d1f67de296fc9

(30)

on April 18, 2012
at 09:10 PM

Do you think they would turn out ok with coconut oil?

32c599220cfbc3e5bfd44137ec95238e

(36)

on April 18, 2012
at 10:02 PM

Yes, but its a little trickier, you just need to make sure to spray it lightly (mist it). I did it once and it gave the sweetness that made it almost like kettle corn, but I can really taste the sweet in coconut oil, some others cant

32c599220cfbc3e5bfd44137ec95238e

(36)

on April 19, 2012
at 04:22 PM

425 for 5-8 min! Enjoy

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