How to preserve kale

In this brief guide, we are going to answer the question “How to preserve kale?”, and discuss the different methods of preserving kale and the potential implications of preserving kale.

How to preserve kale

You can preserve kale by various methods which are pretty handy to go for. Such as freezing kale, hang-drying them, or dehydrating them. Below are the methods of preservation discussed in detail to help store kale for further efficient use.

 How to freeze kale for further use?

The easiest, and the most preferred method to preserve kale is to freeze them. Refrigeration can be done by putting the kale leaves in freezer bags. 

Following are the steps involved in freezing the kale :

  • After harvesting kale or buying kale fresh from the supermarket, it is suggested to pull them off the center stem.
  • They are then required to wash in clean running water.
  • Kale is then pat dry using a clean paper towel or cloth.
  • Further, the leaves of the harvested kale are dried thoroughly.
  • If they are left wet, the water causes freezer burn on kale leaves.
  • Once the kale leaves are dry, the handfuls are simply moved into the freezer bags
  • Finally, the freezer bags are thrown in the freezer for further storage of the leaves.

This method works really well for using kale for smoothies, soups, or sauteed. But freezing changes the texture too much to replace “fresh” kale.

 How to preserve kale by hang-drying method?

Another method that is available for the preservation of kale is the hang-drying method. The method involves the following steps:

  • Kale is harvested in bunches.
  • They are washed and cleaned properly under clean tap water.
  • These are then hung in a cool, dry room.
  • The harvest is then left to dry.
  • Once dried they can be used for uptake in any dish one wants to incorporate kale into.

This is not a method that can be employed in places where the weather is too humid for kale to dry.

How to Dehydrate kale for storage?

Dehydrating it is an excellent option if kale is mostly required for smoothies.  This method uses a dehydrator or an oven at a low setting. The steps followed while dehydrating are as follows :

  • Wash and lay out the kale in a single layer.
  • Take a clean tray.
  • Spread tissue paper or aluminum foil on it. 
  • Keep the kale leaves an equal distance on the tray.
  • Switch on the dehydrator or the oven and set the temperature low.
  • Check that the leaves are dried enough to be taken out. 
  • Once they are dried crisp, they are pulverized with a mortar and pestle.
  •  Finally, the powdered leaves are stored in a jar or an air-tight container. 

This allows you to store a huge amount of kale in a very small space.

What are the nutritional benefits of kale?

Kale is an incredibly nutritious vegetable to add to any meal. It is a natural source of Vitamin A, C, or K. All three of these (Vitamins A, C, and K) are known to help prevent cancer.

  •  Vitamin A is known to be essential for eyesight and eye health as well as bone development and immune support. (A word of caution about Vitamin A is that taking too much can be toxic. Therefore, one needs to be careful while eating a lot of Kale. Also, one must be precautious while taking in too much kale if they are already taking a supplement with a lot of Vitamin A).
  • Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant. Vitamin C  helps to repair body tissue such as muscles and bones. It also decreases the total and bad cholesterol and triglycerides.
  • Vitamin K  is known to support blood clotting. It also supports bone health, and aids in preventing heart disease. It works in conjunction with Vitamin D, which means if one doesn’t get enough Vitamin K, our body can’t absorb the Vitamin D we’re in-taking.
  • One cup of kale has 10302 IU (or 206% of  the daily allowance) of Vitamin A, 80.4 mg (or 134% of the daily allowance of Vitamin C, and 547 mcg (or 684%!!!!) of Vitamin K.

The catch with eating kale for Vitamin K is that Vitamin K is fat-soluble, so when kale is added to any meal, it is necessary for one to eat some fat along with kale for the body to absorb the Vitamin K. 

So it is suggested to add some chicken or olive oil to the kale salad.

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Conclusion

In this brief guide, we answered the question “How to preserve kale?”, and discussed the different methods of preserving kale and the potential implications of preserving kale.

If you have any questions or comments please let us know.

Citations

3 Quick and Easy Ways to Preserve Kale (hillsborough-homesteading.com)