http://forgetthepain.net/2012/07/07/kale-is-a-keeper/, The bitter is great for the liver, and there’s a reason why its made that way . Your email address will not be published. Back to the Basics: How to Cook an Artichoke, Eating Kale: Fear the Bitterness No Longer. It was not bitter at all!!! Read my post on Kale. The kale was absolutely awful. Health benefits are becoming more well known. So how much of all the vitamins are you BOILING OUT to get rid of the bitterness??? I love kale chips and have kale with practically EVERYTHING. – Hungry. I have it in a green smoothie everyday (with a bit of raw honey to counteract the bitterness). Like the one below. Country folks have been eating them for years. Of course they usually cook them down with ham hock or smoked turkey parts. You can also let the kale alone until the spring, when it will resume growth again. Kale – too bitter for you? I don’t blame them, really, it is a pretty bitter vegetable if you don’t cook it right. mmm… I have tried kale many times in restaurants recently and have never known how to make it – thanks for the tips! Lol, I LOVE kale! Kale rocks! Kale and other leafy greens greatly benefit from a nice massage before you mix them in a salad. Love Kale! So glad everyone seems to be rethinking kale lately. Harvesting in the Heat. Love this! We loved it because of its nutritional and health value.. but like many people we found it a bit too bitter. The secret? Post was not sent - check your email addresses! Hmm, I actually haven’t tasted the broth. I promise it’s not awful. I look forward to following your blog. I usually put kale into my smoothie for the added health benefits, but have YET to try it in an actual cooked meal! We grew it for the first time this year. It’s so good for you!! I grew some this past winter, and will be growing more – Can’t wait until the cooler weather gets here! I learned this from Madhur Joffrey. You’ve inspired me . It’s a very dark green green, and, if you have experience cooking (or…eating), you know that dark greens can often be a bit bitter. Here is a link: http://www.ars.usda.gov/Services/docs.htm?docid=25706 In short, there is a noticeable decrease in micro and macro nutrients although there is no constant percentage. I’m allergic to kale but I eat it anyway. Thank you so much. In fact, massaged kale salads keep well overnight in the refrigerator and there will likely be no hint of bitterness but all the same nutrients! Here’s a hack to to remove the bitterness.. Shmuel Recipes. And be sure to have plenty of corn bread to soak up the pot liquor. Thanks for posting about this apparently misunderstood vegetable… maybe I’ll give it a go sometime, in which case I’ll make sure I re-check this post! A quick tip. I am going to the Saturday market tomorrow to pick up some good kale (all the stuff I see in the stores is always wilted), and will boil it up, and mix it into a lentil-veggie stew I made a couple days ago. Thanks, that is kind of what I’m thinking too. I always feel like I haven’t made enough! Because Galilee Green Olive Oil (GGOO) not only takes away the bitter, but adds a light fruity flavor… we have quite a few big kale salads that can stand as a meal on their own! I like to saute my kale in chicken stock, then after it’s all wilted hit it with one tablespoon of oil, salt, pepper, lemon juice and a dash of red pepper flakes. This is what gets the darn bitterness out that turn so many people away. Hi! Kale can be massaged with salad dressing for 10 plus minutes. We loved it because of its nutritional and health value.. but like many people we found it a bit too bitter. Recently our daughter in Detroit shared with me a hack to remove the bitterness from the kale leaves! Hi- Thanks for liking my last post. I juice it with broccoli, celery, parsley, green apple. . and it makes me happy to see others who are giving kale a shot! Nice post! I have only ever eaten raw kale in smoothies and it is unbearably bitter!! Now I know – boil it instead! I have been scouring the web for info on how to de-bitterize kale. Love kale, and it is such a healthy veg. I’ll update you when I make it . I like your blog. Well, aparently going 2 hrs after market opens is too late, as they were all sold out… will try again next week, unless I chance upon some happy looking kale in a store in the mean time!! Getting bitter in old age doesn’t have to be inevitable. I steam kale and then eat it with a few pine nuts sprinkled in. Goes a long way! I don't find kale bitter unless it is old. It’s funny that I’ve just seen this post as I was just telling some friends that I refuse to cook kale (but mostly because I have no idea what to do with it). You really want to get some flavors in on that last step, so don’t be afraid to go wild. Thanks for asking Howie; you can find that information in the USDA’s 27th release. . Pingback: Back to the Basics: How to Cook an Artichoke | hungry and fit. Delicious! Great article and fun to read about others experiences with cooking healthfully. I bake mine with some sesame seeds and paprika, its like healthy chips YUM! I usually stuff a chicken breast with kale and apricots – my fave! Thanks for liking my post. Ask yourself the following questions to find out if you are getting bitter in old age: I’ll find out. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. De-Lish! Mmmm. This kale was delicious. That means if you plant kale in the spring in a hot climate, by the mid-summer, it’s going to be a tough, barely edible mess. I like kale chips – tossed in a little EVOO, garlic powder, cayenne, and baked…holy moses, those are good! They also add crushed red pepper and vinegar; or lemon juice. Kale gets sweeter in the fall after a frost. It is becoming very popular in the grocery stores. I next went to Fred Meyer’s & bought fresh kale & spinach separate & juiced it and it was excellent. Encourage your family members and friends to come out of hiding when they hear the word ‘kale’ with a great way of cooking them. It’s good for your skin. Most people turn up their noses when it comes to kale (unless it’s kale chips, which are great), including Chris and my dad.I don’t blame them, really, it is a pretty bitter vegetable if you don’t cook it right. Definitely trying this! I usually put it in something like soup or chilli, that way my family eats it! I’ve just started trying to incorporate kale into our menu and haven’t been able to get the hubby and toddler(who LOVES green veggies!) Question here though… is the water it’s boiled in bitter after cooking (I’m thinking of putting it in soup, but wonder if I should boil, drain and rinse first, or if the simple act of boiling somehow completely destroys the bitter compounds, in which case, I could just throw the raw pieces into the soup and let it cook there). Raw kale has a bitterness that can be reduced by cooking it. But, kale was on sale at the grocery, and I had never really cooked it before, so I picked up a HUGE bunch (it actually took 5 minutes and two of us to get it into the bag). You just inspired me to try kale again! When we were first introduced to kale, we started a love/hate relationship with this leafy green. And remember, the trick is to BOIL IT. This quick process helps to release the bitterness. Love your style and blog-have never tried kale but will do so now! I’ve never quite gotten used to the texture of boiled leafy vegetables…. You need to be able to notice the ‘slide’ from the carefree non-judgemental person you used to be to the bitter and twisted person you are becoming. It has so much to offer, and for once it’s an easy vegetable to grow! I am hoping that by cooking it I will be able to enjoy it. I made some kale tonight and was trying to figure out why it was so stinky/bitter! My secret ingredient is Garlic and Black Bean Sauce from the Chinese grocery stores. but I do have a feeling it’s where the bitterness goes. How We Are Going to Get Back in Shape (and you can too)! to eat it. It does however, take self awareness. My planned dish was pasta with kale. Rub it in olive oil… watch how in the video. I love kale, though I mostly use it in kale chips or smoothies! Jorginho to incorporate kale chip in my diet, roasted them with olive oil and salt, but still a little bitter, any suggestions, Thank-you! I’m surprised you referred to kale as being bitter – for me, collard greens are *much* worse. Great post . 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