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Kale in the food processor?

The Dairy Queen May 29, 2013 06:37 AM

Lazybones here. I love kale and would love to eat more of it (though, my family may not agree, except for caldo verde), but I swear that chopping it is a deterrent. Would the food processor do an acceptable job of it, or would it just obliterate it?

I'd try it myself, but I haven't had time to figure out my new food processor yet. (Again, lazybones here.)

~TDQ

  1. C. Hamster May 29, 2013 07:30 AM

    Chopping it by hand is the only way to go, IMO.

    You can try a FP but it will be impossible to get it shredded uniformly unless you process it in very small batches and you'll have to be very careful not to turn it into the texture of frozen chopped spinach, unless that's what you're after.

    1. Monica May 29, 2013 08:09 AM

      If you live near Trader Joe's, try their packaged organic kale..all chopped and washed to be used. I love using it for chicken and white bean stew with tomatoes. You can also roast it in the oven like potato chips if you want your family to eat more of it.

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      1. re: Monica
        The Dairy Queen May 29, 2013 09:30 AM

        I'll check out TJ's, thank you!

        My family is not fooled by "kale chips" alas.

        ~TDQ

      2. Gio May 29, 2013 08:28 AM

        TDQ...Easy Peasy:
        rip out the stems
        wash the leaves
        stack the leaves
        slice crossways to the width you want.
        cook
        Done!

        (I know you know that. What I wonder about is whether or not you want to make kale pesto, cuz that's what you'll get if you add garlic, cheese, nuts and EVOO to the food processor w the kale - which you have to destem/wash/rough chop anyway...)

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        1. re: Gio
          The Dairy Queen May 29, 2013 09:28 AM

          Yes, that's the way that I currently do it that seems to take longer than I always think it should, especially for caldo verde. I guess I will just have to continue to suffer for my soup. *dramatic sigh*

          ~TDQ

          1. re: The Dairy Queen
            Gio May 29, 2013 09:42 AM

            LOL. Suffer For My Soup. I'll make the sign... Remember, it's a labor of love. (how many times have we heard *that*)

        2. c
          cstr May 29, 2013 09:31 AM

          Chopping yes, food processor no!

          1. weezieduzzit May 29, 2013 10:00 AM

            Between having to pulse small batches and keep checking them to make sure you haven't obliterated it and then cleaning the food processor I don't think it would actually save you any time.

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            1. re: weezieduzzit
              The Dairy Queen May 29, 2013 10:21 AM

              You know, when you put it that way, I think you're actually right!

              ~TDQ

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