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Nutritional value of dehydrated kale.

post #1 of 7
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Specific enough? Kind of a weird question. But I got the idea from here. I think a poster was making the suggestion to heat pieces of kale in the oven to make kale "chips". It's so good. Just 10 minutes in the oven. Ds will eat as much as I give him. But does the kale retain any of its nutrition? Would anyone know this? TIA.
post #2 of 7
Could you give specific instructions on making these? How long at what temp, I mean.

Any kind of processing will reduce the nutritional value in food, but some processing is worse than others. I'm cool with dehydration b/c the low temp at which it works (often 118 F or less) does not destory the enzymes which higher temps ruin. And, enzymes are more susceptible to destruction when wet, and obviously a dehydrator is making them less-wet.
post #3 of 7
Yes, please give instructions
post #4 of 7
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"Dehydrated" is probably the wrong term. I bake the kale until the moisture is all gone, usually at 350 degrees for about 10 mins (but I continually check). I have done it at lower temperatures, though that obviously ups the cooking time. The result is the crispiest, flakiest bits of kale. Ds really enjoys the texture. The baking also seems to take the bitterness out of it.

If dehydrating allows the nutritional content to remain pretty in tact, then I imagine this process is decent too.

Let me know how you like the "kale chips". I haven't really known anyone else to make them, and I'm wondering how your kids like them.
post #5 of 7
Totally but I keep thinking this reads "nutritional value of dehydrated kids" : :LOL
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post #7 of 7
Thanks goepark for the technique - I'll try it next week.

dehydrated kids . . .
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