This season we planted a lot of kale seeds and have ended up with what we affectionately call the ‘kale forest’. However, as we all know, there is only so much steamed kale you can eat, so lately we’ve been branching out and making kale chips which are actually really good. Without even trying you can end up eating anywhere between 5 – 10 leaves and that’s gotta be good for you!
The kale forest which just keeps on going and going
We’ve got two varieties growing, tuscan and curly kale, the curly kale is by far our favourite as it’s sweeter and scrumptious fresh in salads or just to chew on while you’re gardening. Does it matter what type of kale you use when making chips? I don’t think so, have a play and see what works for you. Here’s how we make them…
Step 1: Harvest your leaves and give them a good wash. Right now we’ve got lots of aphids hiding on the backs of the leaves so I put them in a sink full of water and wash them roughly with my hands, as I really don’t like the idea of roast aphids.
Step 2: De-stem each leaf like so…
Step 3: Cut the leaf into bite size pieces.
Step 4: Pop them in a large bowl and drizzle olive oil over them (or any desired oil) and massage the leaves thoroughly until they sparkle with an oily shine.
Step 5: In the same bowl add some additional flavours. We simply pour some tamari (fermented soy) over the top of them and mix it in. You could also just use salt, assorted spices or smashed up garlic juice (yummm).
Step 6: Spread the leafy chips evenly onto a baking tray. Make sure you don’t pile them on top of one another as this prevents them from going crispy in the oven.
Make sure you space the kale pieces out so they’re not crowding each other, this ensures you get lots of crispy edges, which is a good thing.
Step 7: Put them into a hot oven (around 200 degrees) and then DO NOT LEAVE THE KITCHEN. Do not go feed the chooks, make a phone call or check on your garden. If you do any of these things your kale chips will burn, I speak from personal experience. These little beauties only need around 5-10 minutes. Check at 5 minutes and then every minute after that.
They’re ready once their edges have gone a nice brown and when you touch them, they’ll feel ‘crispy’.
Step 8: Eat and enjoy!
PS – They taste better when shared with friends and some home brew.
*Your blogger is Hannah Moloney, co-director of Good Life Permaculture and lover of all things garden-esk.