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17 Ways to Use Kale (Slideshow)

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17 Ways to Use Kale (Slideshow)

 

Kale is the best of everything — super cheap, super tasty, super versatile and super healthy. Loaded with calcium, and vitamins C and D definitely earns that extra-special title of superfood. But, let’s be honest — kale’s rich flavor can be a little intimidating to first-timers. We’re breaking down the basics of cooking with kale. Click through for recipe ideas.

Tips & Tricks

Best Time To Buy: Though it’s available year-round, kale is best in the winter, when frost makes its flavor sweeter.

Choosing Kale: Leaves should be dark green & frilly. They should have some “spring” to them. Bad signs: wilted, yellow or brown spots, dry leaves.

Storing Kale: Keep unwashed kale refrigerated in an airtight container for 3-4 days.

Reviving Limp Kale: Trim the stems & soak in tepid water for about 5 minutes. Voila!

Cutting kale: First, grab the bottom of the stem and pull off the leaves with your hands. Stack leaves on top of each other. Roll into little bundles (like you would with basil, for example) and cut to your desired size.

Reducing Intense Flavor: Kale that’s been massaged with oil and lemon juice will reduce its intense flavor. This method is great for introducing the dark leafy green to kale newbies!

Click here for a Basic Cooked Kale Recipe

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.

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9:29PM PDT on Jul 30, 2014

I actually like Kale in my salads.

2:48AM PDT on Jul 17, 2014

ty

7:41PM PDT on Jul 16, 2014

thank you

7:36AM PDT on Mar 20, 2014

I love kale in my smoothies.

5:41AM PDT on Mar 17, 2014

We grew kale last summer. Will be growing a larger patch this summer. We loved the kale chips and a soup. Freezes well and we have enjoyed it in recipes all winter. :)

4:40AM PDT on Oct 14, 2013

Thanks for sharing..

7:12AM PDT on Aug 26, 2013

Thanks

3:45AM PDT on Aug 25, 2013

Healthy choice

4:03PM PDT on Jun 8, 2013

Thanks

10:46AM PDT on May 21, 2013

Going to try the kale chips. Maybe my little sister will like them too, she likes to eat rice and seaweed a lot (then again she's 2 and toddlers are notoriously picky eaters).

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