In case you are new to kale then you’re probably asking yourself how to cook it, or even if it should be cooked at all. Kale is a little bit like spinach, but it falls into the same category as broccoli and cabbage.
The way you cook kale largely depends on how you want it to turn out. It doesn’t matter if you are combining it with other foods as a part of a main entrée or dish, or if you are using it as standalone dish.
Prepare the Kale
It is very important to properly prepare your kale before you cook it, because you don’t want to just toss it into the pan or the pot without getting it ready.
Make sure to wash it thoroughly, even if you buy organic kale. Put kale under cold water and rub all parts of kale with your fingers, including both sides of the leaves. This takes off any dirt that might have made it onto the kale while it was shipping and sitting in the grocery store.
Remove the stems
Before you cook and eat kale, make sure to remove the stems. They are very stringy and tough and also hard to chew up as well as hard to digest. This can be done rather easily and quickly by grabbing hold of the stem with one hand, and by using other hand you just grab the kale and tug it right off of the main stem.
Best Cooking Methods
When you cook kale it is important you don’t overdo it, because it can lose a lot of minerals and vitamins. However, you also don’t want to undercook it, since in that case it can be a crunchy, tough mess. If you prepare it in the right way you will see what all the fuss is about this veggie. Here we will look at some of the most popular ways to cook it, along with some tips on how to do it right.
When you bake kale you will end up with one of the most popular diet snacks going on right now – kale chips. The consistency of the kale changes and for that reason you will end up with a snack which is like crunchy chips, and you can enjoy it right out of the oven. Most recipes of kale chip include washing and drying it, coating in olive oil, and dusting it with flavourings and spices of your choice. Put it in the oven and let it bake for about 20 minutes and you will get fat and calorie free snack with a lot of nutrients.
Steaming kale is an excellent way to soften it up without overcooking it and keeping all good nutrients of its portion. Make sure you don’t let it go soggy. The best way to do this is with an actual steamer made for steaming vegetables. However, you can do this also with a pot with lid and a bit of water on the bottom.
This is probably one of the best ways to cook kale, because it gives some extra flavor, softens it up, but doesn’t cook it too much to the point where it loses nutritional value. Use an ordinary non-stick frying pan, add a little bit of olive oil to it, and then add the kale in it. Stir it and avoid to get it wilted, and when you see that it has softened up, remove it from the heat. Also, if you want to know it’s just right, you can taste a few pieces.
If you’re boiling kale make sure that you are checking it consistently, because you don’t want to boil it too long. If you do so you will most likely end up with a soppy squishy mess which is not palatable at all. In order to avoid mushy kale, make sure to stop the cooking process when the kale gets soften, just like with any other cooking method. One of the reasons why kale got a bad name in the taste department is a mushy kale.
Keep it raw
In order to enjoy kale, you don’t have to cook it at all. Some of the kale salad recipes require raw kale, as well as a lot of green smoothie recipes. In these cases, you want to wash it properly and remove the stems completely in order to avoid with a bunch of hard-to-eat kale.