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Jan 26, 2014 01:41 PM

What's this kale love?

We love almost all vegetables, but we don't get this (for us) recent raw kale love. We get that it's a nutrient-rich green, but raw is just too chewy, even chiffonade'd. Even stewed or steamed, it's a challenge, and the stems are forever a serious chew even after a long saute/steam treatment.

Tried the baked chips but feel that the nutrients must be lost in the process, so why bother.

We hate smoothies, so don't go there, please.

Can we just make Kale broth and get the nutrients to add to soup?

Any thoughts appreciated.

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  1. For te chips, wouldn't just the water be gone in the process?

    1. I like sauteed, like any other green-- olive oil, garlic, dried red pepper flakes. I find that I don't have to be so careful about overcooking with kale, like I do with spinach or chard.

      I also separate out the stems from the leaves, and either don't cook them, or do the stems first, and add leaves later, to give the stems a head start on cooking.

      I hope you find something that works for you!

      1. All hail the mighty kale! (to ME it, raw or cooked!)....hey, just use a different dark leafy green like spinach, you know? the Kale police will not come and arrest you! (lol!) and YES, it is still nutrient-dense in a soup or stew (I add mine towards the end of the cooking process)...because the nutrients go right into the liquid you're cooking with. yay! And for anyone who ADORES it, here's a nytimes article to celebrate: Kale YEAH!

        1. Try lacinto or dinosaur kale. It's tenderer than the regular variety. I usually destem and Blanch. Then sautéed with garlic, anchovies and red pepper flakes. Delicious.

          Also no need to eat the stem, most nutrients are in the leaf portion.

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          1. re: MVNYC

            Though the JUICES are mostly in that stem I've found...I buy the darker dino kale all the time and the stem is bursting with maybe a juicer would be a good way to go with the stems but I love them!

            1. re: MVNYC

              I freeze the stems with my parsley stems and other nutritious discards and put them in the stockpot.

            2. I can't stand it either and amazingly am still in good health.

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              1. re: Samalicious

                same here.

                and being served raw kale is pure hell.

                more for the rest of you!

                1. re: Samalicious

                  Same here too. Can't stand it at all.

                  1. re: Samalicious

                    Love it cooked but not raw, and I mean cooked for a while. Can't do all the chewy sautéed greens. If it had the consistency of spinach that would be something different.

                    1. re: Cherylptw

                      try baby kale -- very spinach-ish texture.

                      1. re: sunshine842

                        Baby kale is delicious. Wish it was easier to get. Came two weeks in our CSA but that is the only time I have ever seen it.

                        1. re: melpy

                          Its incredibly easy to grow, if you have any amount of room (even a large pot or window box if you're going to pick it young,) I would encourage you to find out what time of year you can grow it in your area.

                          1. re: weezieduzzit

                            I have a BLACK thumb. We own no house plants and I have managed to kill just about everything we grow outside..

                          2. re: melpy

                            Kale is indeed easy to grow with almost no care required. It even returns the next year by itself.

                            And I happen to be eating a lettuce/baby kale/arugula/mizuna salad right now which prompted me to read this post.

                            Everyone's tastes are different, but I find it difficult to understand why we see so many posts saying "I don't like a particular food. --If you don't like it you don't have to eat it!

                          3. re: sunshine842

                            I have not seen it in my local supermarkets BUT I do grow a garden every year and I have grown kale. Perhaps when I plant this spring, I'll pick some while still small and try it. Thanks for the idea!