Hearty and sweetly flavorful, this nutrient powerhouse is a great addition to soups and stews, braises and stir-frys. Kale is great added to soups, stews, or sauteed with onions or apples and sausages.
To enjoy kale, cut away the stiff central part of the stalk then chop the kale for use. Kale is a tasty treat when tossed with your favourite salad dressing (i.e. honey mustard) and then dehydrated on low in the oven until crispy, for snack chips. Available locally in the autumn and into the winter months.
- Kale isn’t overpowering or bitter. It has a mild, pleasant, slightly piquant taste; it holds its texture when cooked, yet it's tender, not tough.
- To strip the leaves from their tough central stems, fold the leaves in half lengthwise, then tear, snip, or slice the stems out and discard. Stack several leaves together, then slice into ribbons or roughly chop. As a rule, 1 pound of kale will yield about 12 cups chopped. Like most greens, kale will shrink considerably when cooked.
- Steam or blanch the kale until tender (5 to 10 minutes), then add it to omelettes, meat loaf, vegetable tacos or quiches. Kale is also delicious braised in stock or sautéed with garlic and onions. Dino kale can be tender enough to eat raw in salads, but most varieties are cooked: boiled, steamed, braised, roasted or stir-fried. Use a liberal hand with whatever seasonings you choose. Kale is delicious paired with salty or smoky meats like prosciutto, sausage or bacon, and it benefits from a splash of acidity, like balsamic vinegar or lemon juice, added just before serving.
Handling & Storage:
- Whichever variety of kale you want to try, look for firm, vibrantly colored leaves with no signs of wilting or discoloration.
- Kale should smell fresh, not strong or cabbage-like.
- When you get it home, wash your kale thoroughly by swirling it vigorously through several changes of cold water to remove the grit that can hide in the deeply textured or frilly leaves. Then shake off any excess water, wrap the leaves in a clean towel, and store in a plastic bag in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.