Thursday, February 16, 2012

My Favorite Kale Chips / Kale Salad

These kale chips are so amazing! My favorite recipe to date. This recipe fills one 9 tray Excalibur. In our house we make a double or quadruple batch at a time if we have the kale! We have 2 dehydrators and this makes an excellent tossed fresh salad too! It is very hard not to snack half the batch away while putting onto the trays! (You have been warned.) It is neat how the flavors changed once it has been dried too. This recipes is like 2 for 1!

3/4C Sesame Seeds (or prepared tahini)
1/4C Tamari Sauce (we use Braggs Liquid Aminos) Or Noma Shoyu if you can get it
1/2C Apple Cider Vinegar (raw is best!)
1/2C Pure Water
1 Green Onion
1/4 tsp Sea Salt
1/4C Fresh Parsley
2 large bunches of Kale, washed with ribs removed

1. In a high power blender, mix all the ingredients together except the kale. If you don't have a high powered blender, you sesame seeds might not get crushed well into the sauce. I would put the seeds and a little water in first to make a paste, then add the remaining ingredients. If it gives you trouble you could buy tahini instead of using seeds.

2. Put the washed, ribbed kale in a large bowl. Drizzle sauce and mix well to coat than lay out on onto your dehydrator sheets. Dry in your dehydrator on 105 until crisp. Time varies based on humidity and type of kale used. Its about 8 hours + -

If you turned up your heat it would go faster, but it would take some enzymes with it and would no longer be raw. No dehydrator or time? If you don't mind loosing the raw benefits, you can make these in the oven on a moderate temp (around 325-350) for about 10 minutes or until crisp. Similar to backing crackers. So you could enjoy this amazing recipe even if you don't have a dehydrator. For my fellow homesteaders, who want to do it off grid - put a rack above your wood stove or but them in a solar oven until crisp, and enjoy!

***A note on using this as a dressing. We absolutely LOVE it..but Little goes a long way. So you might consider reduein the dressing in half or doubling the kale. (We like to double the kale to 4 bunches!) :-)

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