My Kale Chip Experiment

I mentioned last week that I was making kale chips for the first time after finding some beautiful organic kale at New Flower Market for $1.50/bunch. I thought that was the sale price, but I stopped by New Flower Market this week, and it is still $1.50/bunch!

I have a few different kale chip “recipes” and decided to experiment a bit. The first and third batches were made in the oven and the second batch was made in my Excalibur dehydrator. The ones that I made in the dehydrator were by far the best tasting as I think I overcooked the ones I made in the oven.

For my first attempt, I cooked them at 350 in the oven. I put some directly on the baking sheet and some on aluminum foil. The recipe said to cover the torn leaves in olive oil, so I did. Actually they were “drenched” in olive oil, which I think was mistake #1. Here’s what they looked like:

Mary had seen my post about making kale chips and suggested lightly sprinkling the kale with olive oil (less than a tablespoon) and then cook them at 400 for 10 minutes, watching carefully so as not to over-cook. She also suggested sprinkling them with garlic, red pepper or another desired flavor once they come out of the oven. I plan to try her suggestion since it’s a lot faster to make them in the oven than in the dehydrator!

For the kale chips I made in the dehydrator, I decided to use a brush to apply the olive oil mixture which included a little salt, lemon juice and vinegar.

I didn’t measure the ingredients – just mixed them until they tasted like something I would eat. I love salt & vinegar chips, so I wanted to re-create something that would have a similar flavor.

Once they were coated, I placed them on the dehydrator’s trays and set the temperature to 155 for one hour and then 115 for four hours, as recommended at

While the kale chips are a far cry from the greasy salt and vinegar chips that I love, they are much healthier and not too bad. I will make them again and will experiment with different coatings.

After I posted this on my blog, Anne tweeted that she has been making Kale chips for a while and loves them. I asked her how she makes them, and she sent me this link at She also mentioned she likes to season them with ranch. If you’ve made kale chips, I’d love to hear how you make them and what you use for seasoning.

Kale was mentioned at the free Williams-Sonoma technique class on Sunday. The person doing the demo mentioned how much he loves kale, chard and banana smoothies, so I decided to try making one that evening with my juicer.

The Williams-Sonoma product demo person mentioned that some juicers can make smoothies and since mine has five settings like the one they used during the class, I thought maybe mine would work. Unfortunately I couldn’t get much juice out of one banana, a bunch of chard and a bunch of kale. But once I added one large apple, I was able to get two glasses of the green-colored juice. My daughter thought it looked “disgusting” just like the Williams-Sonoma guy said he thought when he first saw it, but she loved it. It wasn’t bad at all. I think a Vitamix, Blendtec or similar blender would be better suited for making these smoothies, but for now, the juicer will do.

One Response to “My Kale Chip Experiment”

  1. July 12th, 2010 at 2:43 am

    Bonny Sallee says:

    Sounds interesting! I have a vita-mix and I make up a large quantity of broccoli, celery and tomato juice. It not bad either.

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