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Greens are some of the simplest foods to dehydrate and use in the kitchen! You can even go one step further to make your own Super Greens powder! Let’s take a look at how it’s done!
You can dry all sorts of greens, including spinach, Swiss chard, collard greens, beet greens and various lettuces. I take it a step further and dehydrate weeds that I forage like chickweed, plantain and dandelion. I enjoy using my dried greens in my cooking, but I really love making my own super greens powder! Why pay top dollar for super greens powders at the health food store when you can make your own?
Why Do I Dehydrate Greens?
It’s very simple.
Nutrition and alkalization.
Beet greens are high in vitamin A, C and calcium. Collard greens are a good source of vitamins A and B, along with copious amounts of calcium, phosphorous and other minerals. Greens are good for us!
Further, there’s a direct connection between alkalization and our over all health. Personally, I try very hard to increase my intake of high alkaline foods and lessen my exposure to acidic foods and emotions, on a daily basis. Consuming dried greens is just one more way I can alkalize, and it’s so easy to do!
If you’ve read my blog for any length of time, you know that I love everything about food preservation! Canning, freezing and dehydrating are some of my favorite topics in life. But there’s something especially fun about dehydrating. I think because it’s so quick and easy, so I get immediate gratification from it.
If you don’t have a dehydrator, or even if you do, check out my post “11 Ways to Use the Excalibur Dehydrator“. It is by far one of the best dehydrators on the market. I have owned mine for over 12 years and absolutely love and recommend it!
So, I was at the farmer’s market this weekend with my husband. I hadn’t been there in a while, so I was excited to get there and see what I could find to take home and preserve!
Not much is in season at this point in the year, but I did stop at one of the organic gardener’s tables and she had this gorgeous kale for just $2 a bundle! So, I snapped them right up (along with a few other goodies) and brought them home to dehydrate.
Even though the kale was organic, you’re still going to want to give it a good wash in a half-sink of water with a couple cups of vinegar. Let it soak for a few minutes, then rinse thoroughly. Shake dry.
Typically, we would blanch vegetables before drying, but it’s not necessary with greens. You can just use them raw, isn’t that handy? It makes the process so much easier!
So let’s get that gorgeous kale on the cutting board and carefully the leaves away from the rib.
Then cut your kale into small pieces, mine are about 2″ x 2″. Lay them out on your dehydrator tray and dry at 110 degrees or your herb setting.
They don’t look much different dried, do they?
The kale will simply crumble in your hand, so be gentle handling them.
That’s all there is to dehydrating greens! Remove any leftover stems and place powder in an airtight jar, in a cool, dry place or the frig.
Now, in order to make a Super Greens powder, we take one extra step to pulverize the greens. This can be done in a coffee grinder or a blender.
Be creative and combine different greens together to make your own unique blends! There’s no right or wrong way, and the beauty of this is that you can use whatever is available, at the store or in your garden.
Drop the dried greens into your blender…and pulverize for a few seconds.
See how easy it is?
Pour your powder into an air-tight jar or container and keep in a cool, dry place. Two large bunches of kale resulted in about 12 oz. of powder, all for about $4!
How to Use Super Greens Powder
- In smoothies (This is my go to!)
- With omelets.
- In soups and stews.
- On pizza.
- To season side dishes, like rice or vegetables.
- Over potatoes! A little olive oil and roast them!
- Stir into salad dressing.