Greetings from ZeroMedia: Halo, Kale Lovers!
If you’re looking for a healthy, delicious, and easy snack, you’ve come to the right place! Kale chips are all the rage right now, and for good reason. They’re low in calories, high in nutrients, and so satisfyingly crunchy. But if you’ve never made them before, it can be a bit daunting. That’s why we’ve put together this comprehensive guide to help you make the perfect kale chips every time.
Step 1: Choose Your Kale
The first step to making kale chips is choosing the right kale. While you can use any variety, we recommend curly kale for its sturdy leaves and hearty flavor. You’ll want to look for fresh, bright green bunches with no signs of wilt or yellowing.
Choosing the Right Quantity
When it comes to how much kale to use, it depends on how many chips you want and the size of your baking sheet. As a general rule, one bunch of kale will yield about two cups of chips, so plan accordingly.
Step 2: Prep Your Kale
Now that you have your kale, it’s time to wash and dry it. Remove the leaves from the tough stems and tear them into bite-sized pieces. Rinse them under cool running water and then pat them completely dry. Wet kale won’t crisp up in the oven, so this step is crucial.
Flavoring Your Kale
While kale chips are delicious on their own, you can also play around with different seasonings to give them some extra flavor. Some great options include:
- Sea salt and black pepper
- Garlic powder and parmesan cheese
- Cumin and chili powder
- Balsamic vinegar and honey
Step 3: Bake Your Kale
Preheat your oven to 350°F (177°C). Once your kale is prepped and seasoned, spread it out in a single layer on a baking sheet. You can line it with parchment paper for easy cleanup if you’d like. Bake for 10-15 minutes, or until the edges start to brown and the leaves are crispy.
Keeping an Eye on Your Chips
Kale chips can go from perfectly crispy to burnt in a matter of seconds, so keep a close eye on them towards the end of the cooking time. Don’t be afraid to pull them out a minute or two early if they look done to you.
Step 4: Enjoy Your Kale Chips!
Once your kale chips are done, let them cool for a few minutes before digging in. They’re best enjoyed fresh out of the oven, but you can store any leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature for up to three days. Though, we doubt there will be any leftovers…
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I use other types of kale?
Yes, you can use any type of kale for this recipe. However, curly kale is the sturdiest and crisps up the best.
How do I make sure my kale chips are crispy?
The key to crispy kale chips is making sure the leaves are completely dry before baking. You can also up the oven temperature or bake them for a little longer if needed.
What can I do with leftover kale stems?
Don’t throw them away! You can chop them up and sauté them with some garlic and olive oil for a delicious and nutritious side dish.
Can I use a dehydrator instead of an oven?
Absolutely! Dehydrators are a great option for making kale chips if you have one. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for temperature and time.
|Sea salt||1/2 tsp|
|Black pepper||1/4 tsp|
|Garlic powder||1/4 tsp|
|Parmesan cheese, grated||2 tbsp|
|Chili powder||1/4 tsp|
|Balsamic vinegar||1 tbsp|
And there you have it! A foolproof guide on how to make crispy and delicious kale chips. Whether you’re looking for a healthy snack or a flavorful appetizer, kale chips are sure to impress. So why not give them a try today?