There are few things yummier than fresh produce, but if you don’t store it properly, it can become wasted money quickly. Am I right? So I’m going to show you how to store kale so that it stays fresh for close to a week, as well as how to strip it and clean it so it’s ready to eat in no time.
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Storing Your Kale
The first thing you’re going to want to do when you get your kale home from the market is take it out of the plastic bag and break the large bundle into two smaller (evenly sized) bundles. You’ll then want to grab a long paper towel and wrap one of the bundles in it. Repeat with the other bundle. (Do not wash first.) Then just pop these two wrapped bundles back into the plastic bag you brought them home in, gently push the air out, and then give it a little twist at the top. You can use a Ziploc bag if you prefer. Then just go ahead and set that right in your produce drawer. Make sure you don’t have any fruits or citrus products stored with your kale, and be sure to eat it up within a week.
When you’re ready to eat your kale, the first thing you need to do is clean it. Depending on how you’re going to use it, there’s different ways you can prep it. I find it easiest to first ‘strip’ the stalks. You do this by holding on to the thick part of the stalk (the base) with one hand, and then firmly grabbing the stalk just above that point with your other hand – you then run that second hand along the entire length of the stalk, removing all the leafy material. (Watch video above to see how it’s done.) The thicker stalks are going to be easier to strip in one fell swoop – you may have to do a little more picking and separating with the thinner stalks.
You can wash the kale one of two ways… either with the large leafy sections intact (then pat dry) or you can tear them into smaller bite-sized sections and toss them into a salad strainer for rinsing.
Well, that’s it. Pretty simple, right? If you know of another way to store kale, please share it with us – we can all learn from each other here, and I’d love to hear your feedback. Just post it in the comments section below, or send it via my contact page!
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