Did you know you can easily make your owns greens powder?
I have scoured the internet to find a greens powder that fits my high standards for culinary nutrition with no added fillers, etc. I have had a hard time finding something, so I made my own. It does take a lot of greens to make a large amount of powder, so I suggest using fresh greens as much as possible. This greens powder can be added to soups, stews, smoothies, sauces, etc.
This is a great idea for any greens you have in the fridge that you just didn’t get to at the end of the week. Or you can plan to grow in your garden specific plants to use for your powder. Here I used kale that was supposed to be used in a dish over the weekend, but an impromptu trip to the mountains happened instead.
If you have ever made kale chips this will sound familiar.
🌱Wash and dry your greens, making sure to get as much water off as possible. I love my salad spinner for this.
🌱Tear greens into small pieces about 2 inches long by 1 ½ inches wide-ish (size doesn’t have to be precise)
🌱Lay your greens evenly on your dehydrator trays.
🌱Dehydrate at 125 F for anywhere from 2-7 hours depending on your humidity. You want them dry and crisp, just like a kale chip.
🌱Once fully dehydrated add them to your high speed blender and blend until they become a fine powder. *Make sure your blender container is fully dry before adding or you could end up with a paste.
🌱Pour into a glass storage container with a lid. Use painters tape and a sharpie to label.
🌱It is now ready for use.
I suggest about 1 teaspoon for a smoothie and a tablespoon or so for soups and sauces. Remember when you dehydrate food it becomes concentrated so you don’t need as much as you think.
I may or may not be known to add a little less than a cup of filtered water to my Vitamix after I make the greens powder to “clean” the container, pour that into a glass, add a squeeze of fresh lemon juice and drink it. Never wanting to waste something so nutritious. It tastes great and I get a little boost of nutrition. Just make sure you stir it or that last drink will be powdery.
🌱🌱🌱You can do with with any green: Swiss chard, kale, arugula, dandelion leaves, spinach, lettuces, etc. Technically you can do this with any vegetable you can dehydrate. Be mindful of flavor combinations, play around with it and have fun! If you are worried about oxalates, blanch your greens and thoroughly dry before dehydrating.
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I don’t have a dehydrator, can I dry greens in the oven, & at what temp?
I have not tried making it this way. I have only used my dehydrator. I think it can be done since people make kale chips in their ovens. I’m guessing that you would want to use the lowest temperature and make sure the greens are completely dry. I know that there are great tutorials online for this. Best of luck!