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2021-01-21 6:19:58 PM  
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The best use for Kale.
 
2021-01-21 6:25:52 PM  
Bacon cut up to render some fat...then onion..add kale...and a bit of chicken stock, a few red pepper flakes a pinch of thyme. Cover and steam it down.
If you have some pork belly, you can cube that small sugar cube size and render it down instead of bacon.

But first...make sure you wash it well and trim it up to remove the stalk and any large stem bits. Often like collards, they're full of sand.
 
2021-01-21 6:47:07 PM  
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2021-01-21 6:53:50 PM  
Remember to add plenty of olive oil. That way it's easier to scrape into the garbage.
 
2021-01-21 7:01:57 PM  
Alternate headline #2: one of the worst things to eat is kale.
 
2021-01-21 7:40:01 PM  
Kale: the barbed wire of lettuce.
 
2021-01-21 7:53:40 PM  
kale is gross.

sure, you can massage it and chiffonade it and hide it in citrusy dressed salads, you can cook it like a green, but will still end up with the wicked stepsister of collards and spinach and chard.

you COULD try to make it into air-fried "chips" -but why not just eat some crispy, seasoned nori sheets?

only eat kale if you've got nothin' else to eat.
 
2021-01-21 8:55:14 PM  
Best way to cook kale is, preheat a pan with some oil until it's hot. Take the kale, throw it in the trash, and make a steak.
 
2021-01-21 8:58:51 PM  
My wife and I steam it with other frozen veggies. It is good that way.
 
2021-01-21 9:35:26 PM  

darkhorse23: Remember to add plenty of olive oil. That way it's easier to scrape into the garbage.


Is is just collard greens without the personality.
 
2021-01-21 10:58:54 PM  
Try it in mac and cheese.  Drop it in about a minute before you're with the rest.
 
2021-01-21 11:06:55 PM  
I like finely chopped kale in salads, and also as an add-in when making ramen.

A generous handful plus an egg cracked into the pot makes the cheapest brick seem like quality eats.  The kale stands up to the massive salt load really well.
 
2021-01-21 11:10:26 PM  

luna1580: kale is gross.

sure, you can massage it and chiffonade it and hide it in citrusy dressed salads, you can cook it like a green, but will still end up with the wicked stepsister of collards and spinach and chard.

you COULD try to make it into air-fried "chips" -but why not just eat some crispy, seasoned nori sheets?

only eat kale if you've got nothin' else to eat.


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2021-01-21 11:16:00 PM  
Don't cook it, massage it to tenderize.

Julienne the massaged kale and toss in ranch with roasted garlic, parm, and hot peppers.
 
2021-01-21 11:18:42 PM  
Right over the plate, subby. That was pure Norm MacDonald.
 
2021-01-21 11:23:53 PM  
ok, i once made something with kale i really liked. i prepped it like for a green salad, the stirred it raw into a cold pasta salad with creamy, ranchy cavatappi, cooked chicken breast chunks, red onion, and diced crispy bacon.

the thick texture of the kale and its slight bitterness held up really well, tasted perfect the next day.

however, MOST greens would taste ok flavored with chicken-bacon-ranch!
 
2021-01-21 11:45:28 PM  
I like kale quite a bit actually, you just have to make sure you cook the everloving shiat out of it. I understand people preferring collards, but to me collard greens are more of a dish in their own right while kale is an ingredient in, say, shakshuka.
 
2021-01-21 11:46:41 PM  
Kale rewards further processing.
1. Plant kale in a smallish paddock.
2. Buy a young steer or weaner pig.
3. Put animal in paddock to graze. Supplement feed with assorted grains.
4. After further processing into steaks, chops, roasts, and things of that nature, eat kale.
 
2021-01-22 12:35:56 AM  
I get a produce variety pack via a local food co op. Without fail, there's always a bunch or two of Kale. I've tried it any number of ways and have concluded - do not like except as made in Ye'abesha Gomen which is an Ethiopian dish.

So since I am not always eating Ethiopian cuisine mostly the kale goes to my chickens or rabbits.
 
2021-01-22 1:01:32 AM  

Kat09tails: I get a produce variety pack via a local food co op. Without fail, there's always a bunch or two of Kale. I've tried it any number of ways and have concluded - do not like except as made in Ye'abesha Gomen which is an Ethiopian dish.

So since I am not always eating Ethiopian cuisine mostly the kale goes to my chickens or rabbits.


Just put it around your salad plate as if it came from The Godfather's Pizza salad bar. I liked that place. Never thought of eating the decorations back then.
 
2021-01-22 1:08:08 AM  
It's just regular food.  Cook it until it tastes good.  The end.
 
2021-01-22 2:20:55 AM  
 
2021-01-22 2:27:19 AM  
Pan Fried Kale - You Suck at Cooking (episode 10)
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2021-01-22 2:28:13 AM  
Kale Chips - You Suck at Cooking (episode 60)
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2021-01-22 3:01:54 AM  
1 Wash & dry kale
2 Spritz with oil so the S & P sticks
3 Set oven on low
4 Place one rack in the top slot, remove others
5 With clothes pins, clip single kale stems to rack so the leaf hangs through
6 Cook until completely dry and crispy

Enjoy. I bite the leafy part off the stems, which are too fibrous for me.
 
2021-01-22 3:38:17 AM  
Here's how you cook kale:

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2021-01-22 4:21:39 AM  
I pretty much only use it in Portoguese Soup with potatoes, chorizo, garbanzos, onions, garlic, chicken stock (turkey is better) and a few herbs and spices.

One of my favorite winter soups actually.
 
2021-01-22 6:15:28 AM  
Just say no.

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2021-01-22 6:49:08 AM  
The only proper use for kale
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2021-01-22 7:04:55 AM  
Kale, for when you want to eat a moldy Brillo pad, but ran out of Brillo pads.

I'll at least tolerate most greens.  Arugula, broccoli rabe, even brussel sprouts if they're cooked alright.  But kale...?
 
2021-01-22 8:47:00 AM  
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2021-01-22 9:21:57 AM  
The important thing is to cook it. Raw kale tastes like a dryer sheet.
 
2021-01-22 9:27:30 AM  
We had quite an abundance from our garden two years so I started adding it to smoothies, which mask the taste pretty well.  Still have like 5 bags in the freezer that I either need to use soon or toss.  Think they are only good for about a year or so frozen...?

Kale chips are good but I can't eat a lot of them.

YMMV...
 
2021-01-22 10:06:03 AM  

ToughActinProlactin: I pretty much only use it in Portoguese Soup with potatoes, chorizo, garbanzos, onions, garlic, chicken stock (turkey is better) and a few herbs and spices.

One of my favorite winter soups actually.


The Portuguese use a kale (couve trochuda) that more closely resembles chard, collards or bok choy.

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2021-01-22 10:25:26 AM  

Bonzo_1116: I like finely chopped kale in salads, and also as an add-in when making ramen.

A generous handful plus an egg cracked into the pot makes the cheapest brick seem like quality eats.  The kale stands up to the massive salt load really well.


Second the ramen. In the morning (including today) I'll tear up a few leaves into bite sized pieces, rinse, then pack in a mason jar. Lunchtime routine is:
Break ramen brick into small enough pieces to fit into bowl/mug. Add pieces and seasoning to said mug.
Use the hot tap on the water cooler to fill mug most of the way with water. Stir until all noodles are wet.
Also add an inch or two of hot water to the kale jar. Close and shake a little.
Trek back to desk. Wait a few minutes.
Dump kale and soaking water into ramen mug, stir to mix with softened noodles. Enjoy the yin and yang of health vs trash food in one bowl, with less effort than a PB&J.

Since a failed attempt at donating blood due to low iron, I've started adding either spinach or kale to most of the things I cook and seeing where it's actually enjoyable. This is my favorite use for kale so far. (Spinach just goes in all the pasta dishes. Every one.)
And yes, I also started eating more steak.
 
2021-01-22 11:10:15 AM  
Mariano's here sells a nice braised kale at their locations with a BBQ joint.  Not a big veggie fan but that's a great dish,
 
2021-01-22 12:15:42 PM  
Its easy to eat kale and not know its there. Just remove the stems and toss a few leaves into your smoothie.
 
2021-01-22 12:49:55 PM  
Chop it up really finely. Add it to any dish that involves boiling some liquid by just... tossing it in the liquid to boil with everything else.

Done. It'll either improve the dish, or else barely be noticeable, in most cases. Easiest possible serving of cruciferous vegetables: accomplished.

skiinstructor: Its easy to eat kale and not know its there. Just remove the stems and toss a few leaves into your smoothie.


Or that. It's way more neutral than, say, spinach, in a smoothie. You can hardly tell it's there unless you add a farkton.
 
2021-01-22 1:48:58 PM  
We use it in Zuppa soup. Yummy Zuppa soup.
 
2021-01-22 2:19:18 PM  
I liked kale way before it went mainstream.  Saw it at the store and had never had it so I figured why not, and it became a favorite.  It was dirt cheap before it was "discovered."

/Sauteed with salt and black pepper, a little bacon and red pepper, thx
 
2021-01-22 5:38:38 PM  
Don't.
 
2021-01-22 6:17:37 PM  
It's great in mashed potatoes.

Kale and mushrooms fried up is great with steak.

I like kale. Unfortunately this summer the quarter section my house is against was seeded with canola. The pest pressure was amazing. The moths stripped it to nothing. Need more diatomaceous earth...lots more.
 
2021-01-22 9:01:31 PM  
Wash it, steam it, and serve with a dip... 3:2:1 ratio of soy sauce:rice vinegar:sesame seed oil.
I have several bushes in the planters out front, help yourself...
 
2021-01-22 9:07:03 PM  
I have to amend my post. I'm talking about dinosaur kale... it is actually quite edible, hearty/easy to grow, and you will never see another dinosaur in your yard again (think of wolf's bane).

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