Faintly Sweet Kale Chips (makes 4-5 dehydrator trays)
by Julie Erwin
(Venice, CA, USA)
This fainlty sweet kale chip is very delicate in texture, because of the velvety walnut oil that penetrates the leaves and makes them almost translucent after dehydrating…(The marinade is great as a salad dressing too, so if you have any left over marinade use it up on a salad of baby greens, chard, arugula, etc., and sliced up avocado. Likewise, if you end up marinating too much kale for your dehydrator you can keep on marinating kale in your refrigerator and after about an hour or two you can eat the marinated kale as a salad).
• 2 bunches black kale (or 3 bunches dinosaur kale), washed and dried in a salad spinner or patted very carefully dry with kitchen towels
• Spritzer bottle of nama shoyu or coconut amino acids
• Juice and zest of one large organic orange (approximately 2/3 cup fresh squeezed orange juice)
• 1/3 cup expeller pressed raw walnut oil
• 1/8 teaspoon mace
• pinch or two of sea salt
Whisk marinade ingredients in a small bowl.
To Prepare Kale Chips:
Tear washed and dried kale into bite -size pieces, discarding the tough stems.
Place large handfuls of torn kale leaves into a large mixing bowl. Spritz leaves lightly with nama shoyu or coconut amino acid and then pour some of the marinade onto the leaves. Massage marinade into the leaves until leaves are lightly coated with marinade. Transfer kale to dehydrator trays lined with Teflex sheets. Spread kale out into a single layer.
Continue with this process of spritzing, then marinade, then massage, then spreading out on dehydrator trays until you have used up all the kale.
Place kale laden dehydrator trays into the dehydrator set at 145º and dehydrate for 2 hours.
After two hours, lower the heat to 118º and dehydrate for another 4-6 hours.
Remove kale laden dehydrator trays from dehydrator. Kale will be slightly stuck to teflex sheets. Flip teflex sheets over and place face down on dehydrator trays. Gently peel the teflex sheets from the kale,* leaving the kale directly on the screens of the dehydrator trays and dehydrate for another 1-2 hours. When done, kale should be completely dried and reduced in size by half.
Store in an airtight container; these won't last more than two or three days.
* If you try to peel the kale from the teflex sheets instead of peel the teflex sheets from the kale, the kale will shatter in your hands. So, flip the teflex sheets and peel the teflex sheets from the kale!