This is the first year we've grown kale. Packed with nutrients, it makes sense to have it growing in your garden. It's not the most likable of ingredients however. Raw, it's quite bitter. In an attempt to find likable recipes for kale, I've made kale "chips" quite a few times. In the oven, the kale became much sweeter, and the warmth of the oven makes the leaves crunchy. When I saw some kale powder online, I realized that I could easily make some myself using similar steps.
First, I washed the kale leaves, and placed them on a tray in the oven. Next time, I'll cut out the stems. They didn't roast well, and it would have been much easier just to leave them out. Then, I roasted the leaves at 200 degrees for about 20 minutes. I checked back several times to make sure they weren't burning. Since this was just an experiment, I didn't use very many leaves. Next time, I'll probably roast several trays at a time.
Once they seemed crispy. I placed the leaves in the food processor. I let them chop until they broke down into a fine powder.
I actually incorprated the powder into a strawberry and blueberry smoothie. It didn't taste like kale at all! I tried taking a picture of the smoothie, but because I waited until evening, the smoothie looked a sad gray color. Trust me, it was really yummy. The dried powder should store for months.
What do you make with kale?