Prepare kale: preparation for cooking
- First, defoliate the kale: cut off every core and stalk. It is best to gently pluck the smaller leaves from the hard stems. Alternatively, you can use a small, sharp knife.
- Once you have removed all of the hard parts, wash the kale thoroughly. This is best done under running water over the sink. Then let it drain well. You can also dry it briefly in the salad spinner.
- Then cut it into small pieces.
Kale classic and hearty
Kale is ideal for hearty dishes. If you want to prepare a classic dish, cook the cabbage in seared jerky or bacon and onion with salt.
- If you want a healthy, tasty dish, soak the cabbage in hot, but not boiling, water for 2 to 4 minutes. Scare him off with ice water. All the vitamins are retained and the kale is a big plus in helping you get through the winter healthy. Alternatively, you can steam the cabbage.
- For the classic dish, sweat a few small pieces of onion with bacon in a little oil during this time. Put the cabbage in the pot and season with salt, pepper, a little lemon, and a pinch of sugar, and let it sauté briefly until it is to your liking.
- Then pour in water and let the cabbage simmer – never boil. You lose valuable vitamins by cooking.
- Tastes differ when it comes to simmering. Some like a bit more bite, others like it very soft – both are possible.
You can also turn kale into a delicious and very healthy salad with little effort. The initial process is the same. However, you should rather access the inner leaves, the smaller ones on the stems.
- Wash the leaves thoroughly and dry them a little. Cut the leaves to your desired size and place them in a bowl.
- Pour some oil, very little vinegar (if any), and lemon juice over the cabbage. After that, “massage” leaves with your fingertips in the bowl. The leaves lose their natural hardness. After five minutes, you can season it to serve.
- If the kale salad is not eaten in its entirety, you will also find tips from us on how to keep the salad fresh.
Kale in a smoothie
The vitamin-rich cabbage is also suitable for a smoothie – like almost all types of cabbage.
- Again, blanch the leaves. However, avoid using water that is too hot.
- A little tip: Use the kale in winter. Then it has a mild sweetness and loses its rather bitter taste.