Per request – here are my kale chips recipes and thoughts on each flavor I tried this past weekend.

Organic Garden

This year we are trying our hand at organic gardening. This is the first garden for Ox and I. One of the things we appeared to plant in an abundance is Kale. We eat salads almost every day. So kale was a must. I wouldn’t say we ‘over did it’, we just have more than I thought we would.

Family Reunion

At the family reunion eating a very yummy supper! Photo Credit to cousin Lisa who is a professional photographer. (Northshore Photo)

Over this past weekend we knew we would have a long trip the the annual family reunion. With 3 kids in the car for up to 5 hours can be hard (especially when they are younger). Instead of spending a bunch of money on unhealthy snacks for the road, I busted butt and used what we had.

The Process

First what I did was collect the kale. Some of it I tore apart before washing and some I didn’t. What I do is peal the kale from the stock/stem into chunks that are bigger than normal chips because they shrink while in the oven.

To wash them I clean out my sink with vinegar & hot water. Then I fill it half way with cool water and about 1/4 cup of white vinegar and a few shakes of coarse salt. Then I put the kale in, swish around, let sit for a few minutes before swishing again before taking out to dry.

Due to the large amount of Kale I had, I simply laid out a towel on my counter and let them air dry.

Once mostly dry, I used about 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil mixed in.

Using parchment paper on normal cookie trays, I laid the kale thickly on each of them. The different flavors used on each tray was:

  • Garlic Salt
  • Taco Seasoning
  • Lawry’s Seasoned Salt
  • Kernel Season’s White Cheddar Popcorn seasoning

How They Turned Out

As normal the garlic salt was a hit with the kids. I made the largest batch with that. The smaller batches turned out ok.

The Taco Seasoning was surprisingly not over flavored and would be a good addition to our Taco Tuesday Dinner each week.

The Lawry’s Seasoned Salt was not a flavorful as the plain Garlic Salt. Maybe I needed to add more?

The White Cheddar was a hit too. However, I had to use a bunch on the chips for the flavor to come out, taking the healthy aspect out of the chips.

What I Would Do Different

Next time, instead of heating my house and waiting what felt like forever and a day in the oven – I am going to use my dehydrator. This will help keep the heat down in my house as well as not block off my oven when I need to do other baking/cooking.

As always, thanks for reading! And until next time, take care!