DIY Green Powder
Have you ever grown your own greens? Ever thought about making your own green powder? Some friends of ours had an awesome garden this summer. We on the other hand did not. It started out decent and then, I went a bit too long without weeding and couldn’t tell what was what, add the fact that it didn’t get watered regularly and you’re headed for disaster. We did salvage half of our garden though.
Luckily our friends were better stewards and had a bountiful garden and planted a giant row of kale. They got 3 harvests out of their 1 row. The great thing about kale is that you pick it and it grows back so I lucked out and was able to help her harvest and we split the spoils. Take a look at this picture….that’s 5 trash bags full of kale. This is their third time harvesting, that’s at least 15 trash bags of kale for the summer and it cost only a few dollars, plus some water and labor weeding but still, that’s a deal!
I was fortunate enough to bring home 3 of these bags. My dear friend was pretty sick of washing and bagging kale to freeze so she was fine with a mere 2 trash bags full.
I am a major kale fan, I haven’t been blogging too long but I have 2 posts here and here for kale smoothies. Kale is an awesome super food! It is a great source of fiber, iron, vitamin K, vitamin A, vitamin C, and it’s also high in antioxidants and calcium.
To preserve all of this I washed it in my kitchen sink which was terrible. I will never do that again. I should have filled up my kids pool in the backyard and washed it all at once but I didn’t think of that in time. I spread all of the washed kale out on a sheet in the backyard to dry and then went out there with a couple boxes of zip top bags and packaged them, squashed them flat by sitting on them and stuck them in the freezer.
After about 30 gallon sized bags of kale this got pretty old so I decided to try my hand at making my very own green powder. You can buy all kinds of green powder blends so why not make your own? It would have been easier if I had more dehydrator trays but I dehydrated it in batches over a few days and blended it up as I went. It is amazing how much it condenses. Check out this photo. My Vitamix is filled with dried kale leaves and it blends down to about a quarter of a cup! I went through tons of kale to yield 1 quart mason jar.
The good thing is it takes up way less space. (My poor mother in law, I took up a good amount of her freezer space on my kale.) Since I dehydrated it on a low setting I still preserved all of the nutrients in the kale. It dries fast too, overnight is just right.
So to use this in a smoothie I do about 2 tablespoons of green powder to 1 1/2 c. water with a frozen banana and berries and it tastes great. I could probably get away with adding another tablespoon. You could also add a bit to a minestrone soup, or meatballs, or spaghetti sauce, I’ve only just started brainstorming how I will hide this from my kids.
This definitely motivates me to get plenty of greens planted next year. You could do a mixture of spinach, chard, collard greens, mustard greens, beet greens and so much more. You could come up with you very own special green powder blend. Do you grow your own greens? Do you buy special powders? I’d love to hear how you use them, comment below!
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