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We decided to invest in a good dehydrator a few years ago and did a lot of research into the different brands. After reading reviews I bought an Excalibur dehydrator and love it.
We’ve made apple chips (delicious!), garlic salt and different kinds of dehydrated vegetables. We have dried kale to toss into winter soups and stews.
And we made chips….Kale Chips…Paprika Kale Chips!
How to Make Paprika Kale Chips
My 9 tray Excalibur with timer (automatic shutoff). It gets used a lot here and I am very happy with the quality. I store it away over Winter in the basement. Usually though it is upstairs through the entire garden harvest season.
One of my friends made Kale Chips and they were pretty good, so of course I wanted to try making them myself.
Since the garden isn’t in season, I had to buy some Kale at the grocery store.
They were $2.99 and there were 11 stems of Kale. That’s pretty expensive and reinforces the idea of growing our own food and eating seasonally.
Mine came with a 10 year warranty and free shipping and I intend to use it a lot. If you want to research them, click on the links above.
I also have a Salton dehydrator. It is much smaller so cannot hold anywhere near the quantity of the Excalibur.
I separated the kale leaves and gave them a good washing. After cutting out the stems and cutting the kale into smaller pieces, I tossed them in a bowl.
Ingredients for the coating:
2 Tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/4 Teaspoon of Paprika
1/2 Teaspoon of salt.
You have to get in there with your hands to toss the kale around and make sure it is covered with the coating mixture.
Then, I put them in the dehydrator for 5 hours. I let them cool down and bit, and we gave them a try.
Thumbs up – we really liked the flavour of the Paprika Kale chips. I am going to experiment with a few different recipes.
If you have tried drying Kale chips, let me know what recipe you use. I’d love to give it a try.
Nutrition Information: Yield: 2 Serving Size: 5 chips
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 120Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 529mgCarbohydrates: 0gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 0g
I am so glad I did. It does cost more, but the convenience (and not having to wait up at night until the batch was finished) was well worth it.
There are so many health benefits to Kale – and so worth it for us to be eating. Kale can help to manage your blood pressure, protect against getting diabetes and may even help with reducing cancer.
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