Still fasting, but working on some deliciously crunchy raw/vegan ‘cool ranch’ kale chips for the fam!
This post won’t likely win me any popularity contests with friends who make these as commercially branded items (sorry, guys!), but as everyone knows, I’m all about DIY 99.9% of the time. As such, it only follows that kale chips are a regular #homesteading activity for me — and I feel it important for various reasons (health, planet/environmental, etc.) to make a point of sharing how EASY & inexpensive these little snacks really are to make at home.
Quite honestly, pre-packaged kale chips are usually pretty gross (sorry guys)! They’re also ridiculously expensive, especially considering the fact that we can easily grow or source ENORMOUS bushels of organically-grown kale from local farmers for next to nothing (my own local farmer sells for $2-$3 -depending upon seasonal availability). I generally ALWAYS end up with far too much kale, and then do things properly at home in my Sedona without creating something that tastes stale/overprocessed from travelling for many miles in goodness knows WHAT sort of weather/heat conditions whilst packed in nasty, chemical laden plastic with icky silica packets. Who needs all of that packaging waste when kale is so easy to grow & find locally in most places?
I also love how each leaf of my homemade batches manages to stay well intact, even after I’ve packed them away in glass containers to be eaten later — as opposed to becoming a mess of crumbs at the bottom of a plastic box/bag. If you’re a fan of kale chips, I highly recommend experiencing the joy and satisfaction of creating your own #homemade version.
For those who will inevitably ask, the ones pictured here were made by drying for several hours at around 108 degrees Fahrenheit in my Sedona dehydrator, after having massaged a fair amount of my raw/vegan sunflower ranch dip dressing into each leaf in a large mixing bowl. Recipe for the ranch may be found under the ‘Dressings, Condiments, & Sauces’ category of my blog at RawVeganista.com.
Happy Sunday, & enJOY in best health! ♡Ⓥ★