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DEHYDRATED ORGANIC KALE CHIPS RECIPE
Required Kitchen Equipment
Step 1: Thoroughly rinse your kale under running water. Before rinsing the kale I strongly recommend using an all natural citrus based produce spray, as this will ensure that the kale is 100% sterile. Once the kale is clean, shake off the bulk of the water and then wipe away any remaining water droplets using a small kitchen towel. Next, take out a sharp knife and remove the hard fibrous stalk from each piece of kale, as this part of the plant cannot be eaten. Once the stalk has been removed you can cut the kale into medium to large chip shaped pieces.
2 Tablespoons of Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 Bunch of Fresh Organic Kale
1 Tablespoon of Fresh Organic Orange Juice
Step 2: Please take out a large size mixing bowl and then place your fresh organic kale chips into it. Next, you will need to take out a smaller mixing bowl and then add into it the sea salt, organic extra virgin olive oil, and fresh organic orange juice. For the best results use a handheld citrus press for the juice extraction. Mandarin orange juice will work nicely as well. You will now want to take out a spoon and begin thoroughly stirring the oily mixture. Continue stirring until this mixture is fully consistent. Moving right along, pour the flavored oil over the kale chips. Finally you will want to manually toss and mix the kale chips until each individual piece has a nice shiny coating of oil. Don't press too hard on your kale when mixing it, as this will cause the chips to become limp.
Step 3: For this step please set out your food dehydrator trays. Lay your oiled and seasoned chips on to your trays. Do make sure that the chips aren't dripping with oil, as this will create a mess inside of your food dehydrator. When placing the kale into your trays make sure that you don't stack the chips, as they'll end up sticking together when drying out. A little bit of overlapping is fine.
Step 4: For the fourth and final step please place your kale chip lined dehydrator trays into the device. You will want to dehydrate the kale chips for roughly 4 to 6 hours at a temperature of 115 degrees F, or 46 degrees C. As the chips are drying I would strongly recommend that you check on them every now and then, as they can quickly become over dried. Don't be afraid to test one of the chips out during the final hours. Once the chips are crispy you can serve them immediately. Kale chips are particularly delicious to eat while they're still warm straight out of the dehydrator.
Storage: If stored properly your dehydrated organic kale chips will keep for up to 2 weeks. Use a sealable airtight container for the chips, then place them in a dark pantry or cabinet away from sunlight. Room temperature works the best. Definitely do not refrigerate the chips, as they'll become soggy fairly quickly. One of the benefits of dehydrating kale chips is that they usually stay fresh for a week longer than baked kale chips.
Health Benefits: Dehydrated kale chips have a higher nutritional retention than the baked variety. This is because the dehydration process uses less heat and thus fewer nutrients are deactivated and destroyed. Baked kale chips are still loaded with nutrients, so I don't want to discourage anyone from eating those as well. As far as the specific nutritional profile is concerned, kale chips are full of vitamin K, vitamin C, vitamin A, iron, vitamin B6, calcium, and potassium. Whether dehydrated or baked, they are hands down one of the healthiest snack foods out there.
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