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How to Stem Kale

The Easiest Way to Stem Tuscan Kale

One of my favorite weeknight meals is roasted chicken with kale and potatoes. To prepare it, I have a simple way of removing the tough stems from Tuscan or dinosaur kale. Fold each leaf in half with the vein side out, then trim alongside the stem from top to bottom. I discovered this tip after cooking batches of kale, but I wish I'd known it when I was first starting out; then, I painstakingly traced the stem out of each leaf! What's your favorite way to prep kale?

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GummiBears GummiBears 6 years
I tend to do this with curly kale.
Arthur Arthur 6 years
hmmm. now that you mention it, I think you may be right. I'll get back to you on that ;)
Susannah-Chen Susannah-Chen 6 years
Arthur, I do that too, but only with regular kale! Have you tried it with dinosaur kale?
Arthur Arthur 6 years
i don't use a knife. for kale and chard, I just pull the stem with one hand through the other and pull the leaf off. works like a charm, lightning fast, and no cleanup.
amaebi519 amaebi519 6 years
Great tip - I'll try this next time I bake kale chips with my preschooler!
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