Homemade Kale Chips are Good for You!

Awhile ago, I bought an Excalibur dehydrator and have been trying out a few recipes. We’ve made apple chips (delicious!) and kale chips, which need a little more experimenting with.

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I have tried Kale chips before; one of my friends made them and they were pretty good! I wanted to try making them myself and bought a bunch of Kale at the grocery store.

 

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They were $2.99 and there were 11 stems of Kale. That’s pretty expensive and I can’t wait until our own Kale is growing in the garden this year. The garden is still wet so we can’t get in there. The snow is gone though and that’s a good thing!

I am loving having the dehydrator, Excalibur’s are expensive but from every review I have read, they are the very best. Mine came with a 10 year warranty and free shipping and I intend to use it a lot. If you want to research them, click on the links above. I am an affiliate for them and I will make a small amount of commission should you decide to get one.

 

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I separated the kale leaves and gave them a good washing. After cutting out the stems and cutting the kale into smaller pieces, I tossed them in a bowl.

For the coating I used 2 Tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil, 1/4 Teaspoon of Paprika and 1/2 Teaspoon of salt. You have to get in there with your hands to toss the kale around and make sure it is covered with the coating mixture.

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Then, I put them in the dehydrator for 5 hours. I let them cool down and bit, and we gave them a try. Thumbs up! I am going to experiment with a few different recipes, if you have tried drying Kale chips, let me know what recipe you use. I’d love to give it a try.

Homegrown Chicken Dinner

You know what I love? Roasted chicken for dinner.

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Roasted chicken with mashed potatoes and frozen garden peas.

 

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I’d rather have the peas fresh, but it’s not even the middle of April yet so I am content with frozen fresh peas from last year. Our homegrown peas taste much better than those bags of frozen peas at the grocery store.

 

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It’s always a treat when we cook one of our homegrown chicken. Although we part quite a few of the birds out (so we can have packages of breasts or thighs) we always leave several to cook as roasters. Before putting it in the oven, we rub the bird with melted butter then sprinkle it with salt and pepper. It’s especially good with a good sized sprig of Rosemary laid across its body so if you have some, use it.

 

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It’s always so delicious, no matter what time of year we takeĀ one from the deep freezer.

 

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We make broth from the juices and use it to make a pot of chicken soup. It’s an inexpensive meal and, coupled with some bread and a salad, it makes a healthy dinner. A nice sized meat bird can feed a family of 4 for 4 meals if you use your imagination. There are lots of recipes that use sliced or diced pieces of chicken.

Meat birds are great! We buy day old Cornish Giants and raise them for 8 weeks. We’re thinking of doing a few birds this year, but we haven’t made a final decision on it. You can read about our raising meat birds here if you like.