Kale Chips

Kale chips are amazingly delicious.  Crunchy, salty, filled with nutrients.  They really are just as addictive as potato chips.  If you have no idea what to do with your kale, give these chips a go.  Children love them, too...and not just our children! ANDI stands for "Aggregate Nutrient Density Index." An ANDI score shows the nutrient density of a food on a scale from 1 to 1000 based on nutrient content. ANDI scores are calculated by evaluating an extensive range of micronutrients, including vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals and antioxidant capacities. The ANDI score for Kale is 1000!

Kale is also a good source of Dietary Fiber, Protein, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Folate, Iron, Magnesium and Phosphorus, and a very good source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Vitamin B6, Calcium, Potassium, Copper and Manganese.

Ingredients 1 bunch kale 1 tbsp olive oil 1 tsp seasoned salt optional - garlic, sesame seeds

Oven Method 1. Preheat an oven to 175 degrees. Line a non insulated cookie sheet with parchment paper. 2. With a knife or kitchen shears carefully remove the leaves from the thick stems and tear into bite size pieces. Wash and thoroughly dry kale with a salad spinner. 3. Drizzle kale with olive oil and sprinkle with seasoning salt. 4. Bake until the edges brown but are not burnt, 10 to 15 minutes.

Dehydrator Method 1. With a knife or kitchen shears carefully remove the leaves from the thick stems and tear into bite size pieces. Wash and thoroughly dry kale with a salad spinner. 2. Drizzle kale with olive oil and sprinkle with seasoning salt. 3. Spread the leaves on the dehydrator trays in single layers. Do not crowd the leaves or they will not dry evenly. It is alright if the leaves touch, but they shouldn't overlap too much.

"Quick" Dehydrator Method This method doesn't result in chips that qualify as raw food, but the result is still very good and ready in half the time of the low temperature method below.

Dry the kale at 145F/63C for 1 hour. Reduce the heat to 115F/46C and dry for an additional 3 to 4 hours until crispy dry. Transfer to airtight containers, or vacuum seal for longer storage.

Low Temperature Raw Food Method Dry the kale at 110F/43C for about 8 hours (overnight or while you're at work). Transfer to airtight containers, or vacuum seal for longer storage.

If your kale chips lose their crunch in storage, you can re-crisp them in a low (200F/93C) oven for 10 minutes, or in the dehydrator at 110F/43C for an hour.