This was our first year growing a garden, and it actually went very well. The kale grew incredibly fast and as you can see there is tons left over at the end of the season.
I didn't know what to do with all of it. There is no way we could eat this much before it went bad, and we don't have anywhere near enough freezer space for all of it so I had to do something.
I decided that dehydrating it and grinding it into a powder would be the best long-term solution and so I gave it a shot and it tasted great! it is really nice in soups and smoothies, even in scrambled eggs.
Step 1: Wash the Leaves
Salt water is the best way to do this.
Cut the leaves to remove the tough stem and throw the leaves in a salt water bath. Put the leaves in a salad spinner and/or pat dry with a towel. This step isn't really necessary but it will decrease your drying time.
Step 2: Dehydrate
If you use the oven set the temperature to ~ 38 C(100 F), put the leaves on a cookie sheet (or several) and put them in the oven for 2-3 hours with the door slightly open to let the humid air out.
I chose to do both because I had lots of Kale and a very small dehydrator.
Step 3: Will It Blend?
Step 4: Sift
Carefully move the screen around to get the powder to sift through. Move too fast and the material will fall off the edge of the screen and you have to start over. A flour sifter might actually work better for this.
Pour the left over pieces back into your blender/cup for the next round of dehydration.
Pour the powder into a masonry jar or the like and store in a cool, dry place.
Step 5: The Best Part.
My son tried a bit and insisted I give him some in a bowl with a spoon. I love that weird little guy.