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Old 10-16-2008, 08:59 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I tried making kale chips and they came out bitter. I don't taste the bitterness immediately when I put them in my mouth, but they have a bitter aftertaste that I find really unpleasant.

I've had store bought kale chips, and they were REALLY YUMMY with no bitterness at all. But they cost $7 per bag!

How can I improve mine? I washed the kale, removed the stems, rubbed olive oil on the leaves, sprinkled some salt, and toasted at 350 degrees. Is there a better recipe for avoiding bitterness?
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Old 10-16-2008, 11:39 PM
 
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Maybe it is the Kale? I've only made them once (out of lacinato kale) and they were yummy, but I couldn't imagine making them out of the Red Russian I grow in the garden, because it is too bitter. Also, kale gets sweeter after a frost, so maybe the chip company uses kale that went through a frost while growing?
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Maybe not enough salt? Salt really helps to counteract bitterness in greens. I've never tried making chips though; I've only prepared greens hot for serving as a side dish.

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A squeeze of lemon also counteracts bitterness in foods.
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Different Kale can have different bitterness.

I haven't had any issue with bitter kale chips but I do mine in a dehydrator at no more than 115 degrees. Perhaps the high temp makes them more bitter?
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