Turn the kale gently and allow it to completely crisp on both sides. Place the kale in a single layer on dehydrator trays.
Set the dehydrator to 160 degree and let bake for 2 hours or until crispy.
Dehydrating kale. This way if i use the dehydrated kale for flakes there is no huge stems to break up. Place the kale on dehydrator racks. Keep these leaves plain.
Now spread the leaves evenly on a dryer sheet. Dehydrating the kale chips this method doesn t result in chips that qualify as raw food but the result is still very good and ready in half the time of the low temperature method below. How to dehydrate kale i should caution you that if you are doing this to make kale powder this is not the time to flavor up your kale with oils and salt or anything that can go rancid.
To prep the kale for dehydrating i like to remove the stems stalks and separate before dehydrating. Turn the oven off and allow it to sit until it s all crisp. If you don t have a dehydrator yet you can do this in your oven overnight with just the oven light on.
I dehydrated this kale in an excalibur dehydrator at 125 degrees for about three hours. Baby kale or spinach leaves can be left whole. If you d prefer you can always freeze your kale too.
Reduce the heat to 115 f 46 c and dry for an additional 3 to 4 hours until crispy dry. For more detailed instructions check out these articles. Once it s finished cooking remove from the dehydrator and enjoy.
And kale doesn t have to be blanched or cooked before it is dehydrated. In fact many of the health benefits of kale are diminished when the leaves are cooked. Whenever the rib is thicker than the leave take it out.
It takes anywhere from 10 to 20 minutes in the oven. To dehydrate kale you will start with clean de stemmed kale cut into 2 3 strips. If using the dehydrator then place the kale leaves flat on the dehydrator trays with no overlapping and dehydrate until crispy on 135f 3 5 hours.
I will put these on a separate tray. Dry the kale at 145 f 63 c for 1 hour. When dehydrating kale take out the stem and rip the leaves into smaller pieces.
Dehydrate at 100 125 degrees f for 4 6 hours or until the kale is crisp. The time will always depend on the humidity of the room where you are drying the food item. Place your kale baking sheet into the oven or into your dehydrator and allow the kale to crisp.
So it s totally ok to save all that work and clean up and dry your kale raw. If using a microwave then place the kale leaves on a microwavable plate and place in microwave on full power for 2 3 minutes check after 2 minutes to make sure they aren t burning. Once the stems stalks are removed you are ready to place the kale on the trays.
Place in mason jars to store. The lazy woman s way of drying kale for the winter.