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Old 12-04-2004, 12:30 PM   #1
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How do you make Kale taste good?

I try to eat as many green - especially dark green - leafy veggies into my diet but can't seem to cook Kale so that it taste good.

How do I make it good enough that I want to actually eat it?

 
Old 12-04-2004, 01:11 PM   #2
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Re: How do you make Kale taste good?

I chop it up (removing the leaves from the stem) and steam it until soft in a small amount of water (add as needed). Then add a little olive oil, some raisins or dried cranberries, and some nuts (like chopped walnuts or slivered almonds or pine nuts) and toss together.

 
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Old 12-04-2004, 01:17 PM   #3
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Re: How do you make Kale taste good?

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I chop it up (removing the leaves from the stem) and steam it until soft in a small amount of water (add as needed). Then add a little olive oil, some raisins or dried cranberries, and some nuts (like chopped walnuts or slivered almonds or pine nuts) and toss together.
Cool,thanks - I'll try that!! Sound good!!

 
Old 12-05-2004, 08:07 AM   #4
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Re: How do you make Kale taste good?

Sauteed with garlic and/or onion . . . also I like to add it to squash or bean soup.

 
Old 12-05-2004, 09:21 AM   #5
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Re: How do you make Kale taste good?

I cook mine in a pressure cooker for about 5 minutes with just 1/4 cup of water. I separate the leaves from the stems then chop it up into pieces ~1"x2". I also add some bacon grease or chopped up bacon pieces to give it some flavoring - that is the key for me to get the flavor I like. The added fat also helps with your body's absorption of the fat-soluble vitamins in the kale.
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Old 12-05-2004, 09:43 AM   #6
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Re: How do you make Kale taste good?

I'm kinda new to cooking so do you cook the kale in boiling water, or how EXACTLY do you do it. THanks

 
Old 12-07-2004, 10:00 AM   #7
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Re: How do you make Kale taste good?

Cook it like it's been cooked in the south for generations:

Tear it up and wash it very well. Simmer it in a large pot of water, along with chopped onions, diced ham or sausage, and vinegar, salt and pepper (to taste) for 2-3 hours, or until tender.

 
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Cook it like it's been cooked in the south for generations:

Tear it up and wash it very well. Simmer it in a large pot of water, along with chopped onions, diced ham or sausage, and vinegar, salt and pepper (to taste) for 2-3 hours, or until tender.
2-3 HOURS!!! Is that right??!! haha.

 
Old 12-08-2004, 09:39 AM   #9
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Re: How do you make Kale taste good?

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2-3 HOURS!!! Is that right??!! haha.
Yes, that is right, it takes 2-3 hours of simmering in an open pot to cook most types of greens. That is why I use a pressure cooker. It cuts that 2-3 hours down to 5-10 minutes.
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Old 12-08-2004, 12:13 PM   #10
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Re: How do you make Kale taste good?

Yep, you have to cook them for a long time to get them tender, unless you have a pressure cooker like Arkie. It's not like you have to stand there and stir it all day - just bring to a boil, turn down to low, and let it simmer. Keep it covered with a lid so the liquid doesn't cook away and you really don't even have to check it often.

 
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