Today it’s all about making that dark green kale powder, you know that superfood we keep hearing about? Those who are on blood thinners may not be able to use this powder. Just giving you the head up, here.
If you are taking blood-thinning or anticoagulant drugs, like warfarin (brand name Coumadin), you need to avoid large amounts of kale.”
How To Dehydrate Kale
The first thing you do is wash the kale, and pat it dry. Then you remove the leaves from the rib of the kale. The rib section doesn’t blend up well, and the flavor is too strong and rooty for me to enjoy.
It’s quite easy to just pull the leaves off the rib, or you can use a knife to cut away the leaves.
Now you place the leaves on the dehydrator rack spacing them so they do not touch one another. My Excalibur Dehydrator states the temperature should be set at 125 degrees.
Please check your dehydrator to confirm the temperature required for your unit.
Here is the finished product. I’ll let it sit overnight and make kale powder tomorrow. It took 2-3 hours today to make it to the crisp stage.
I never put my dehydrated food immediately in jars because I want to make sure it is totally dry.
How To Make Kale Powder
You will need to dehydrate some kale as shown above and then you can make powder. I filled my Vitamix blender and ground the dried leaves up really fine.
This pitcher is holding 2 bunches of fresh kale that’s been dehydrated.
Now, that the leaves have been dehydrated you are ready to make kale powder. What’s really nice about the powder is that you can add it to so many things.
This jar below has about one cup of kale powder made from two dehydrated bunches of fresh kale.
This is why it’s so important to learn how to make a powder out of the fruits and vegetables we can dehydrate. The powders take up very little space on our pantry shelves.
I don’t use my FoodSaver to suck the air out because it may damage the FoodSaver. A FoodSaver does not work well with any powder. Just giving you the heads up here.
What Is The Shelf-life?
As a Master Canner, Preserver I can’t say how long it will last. I only make enough powder for a week at the most. It takes very little Kale Powder in your morning smoothie.
Please remember to be careful using your FoodSaver when using the accessory hose for any powder.
It may get sucked up into the hose and damage your machine. I never use my FoodSaver for any powder I make. Ever.
Is Kale Healthy For Me?
Per Web, M.D. I quote: “At just 33 calories, one cup of raw kale has:
- Nearly 3 grams of protein
- 2.5 grams of fiber (which helps manage blood sugar and makes you feel full)
- Vitamins A, C, and K
- Folate, a B vitamin that’s key for brain development
- Alpha-linolenic acid, an omega-3 fatty acid. (While kale has far less omega-3 than fish, it is another way to get some of this healthy fat into your diet.
- Lutein and zeaxanthin, nutrients that give kale its deep, dark green coloring and protect against macular degeneration and cataracts
- Minerals including phosphorus, potassium, calcium, and zinc”
Types of Kale
- Kamome Red
- Lacinato (Dino Kale)
- Red Russian
- Walking Stick
How Do I Use Kale Powder?
- Melt butter and mix with Kale Powder and sprinkle over popped popcorn.
- Add to smoothies.
- A great addition to soups or stews.
- It’s a perfect addition when cooking rice.
- Sprinkle over salads.
- Add a sprinkle to cooked vegetables.
- Mix in with mashed potatoes.
- Scrambled eggs
Can I Dehydrate Kale In My Oven?
Yes, you can. You do not have to have a dehydrator to dehydrate food. Set your oven to the lowest temperature on your brand of oven. The lowest setting on mine is 170 degrees.
Place the kale on a cookie sheet and place it in your oven. Just follow the instructions above. You need to prop the oven door open with a chunk of foil to keep the door ajar. You must check it every 15 minutes or so because it will dehydrate it very fast.
Have you wanted to know how to make kale powder? I’ve made it for years and decided I needed to share it on my blog so others can see how easy it is to make.
I love looking at the jars on my pantry filled with fruits and vegetables I have preserved so many different ways. You may know I don’t like to shop at the grocery stores, so I have my own mini-store right in my home.
Please keep prepping, we must keep going. We can do this, I promise. May God bless this world, Linda