Tuesday Tips: how to bring wilted kale back to life

kale31 Tuesday Tips: how to bring wilted kale back to life

You know how sometimes you bring home bunches of kale or chard, with every intention to gobble up your greens like it’s nobody’s business… but then that night you’re too tired from grocery shopping to actually cook… and the next night you work late so you grab sushi takeout… and the night after that you open your fridge to discover your kale is sad and limp?

Leafy bunches of greens really only stay perky in the fridge for a day or two before they start their rapid decline to limp and unappetizing. You can avoid this altogether by washing them as soon as you bring them home, spinning them dry and stacking the leaves with paper towels in a large freezer bag. Lovely greens for days and days!

But even if they’ve been neglected in your crisper drawer for a while, I’ve discovered a way to restore them to their perfect, shiny-happy selves!

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The secret is… treat them like flowers! Use sharp scissors or a knife to cut their stems at an angle, about an inch from the bottom. Then pop them in a glass of water, put them back in the fridge, and they’ll be just like new in a few hours!

I just realized the last three paragraphs ended with exclamation points. There’s so much excitement in this post!

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In other news, we are moving in two days. For every box I pack, baby boy unpacks two… WISH US LUCK! (EXCLAMATION POINT!!!!)


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  1. Jill

    April 29, 2014 10:18 am - Reply

    Fantastic tip, can’t wait to try it!

  2. Melanie

    April 29, 2014 10:19 am - Reply

    Oh my gosh, this happens to me all. the. time. Thank you for giving me a solution to soggy kale!

  3. Courtenay

    April 29, 2014 10:19 am - Reply

    So clever – thanks for sharing! :)

  4. Nancy @ Yummy Reads

    April 29, 2014 11:40 am - Reply

    Great idea. I’ll be sure to try this next time I have sad looking kale in my fridge!

  5. Lynne

    May 3, 2014 10:33 pm - Reply

    I never thought to try this! I have bags and bags of kale in the freezer at this point. It gets to that semi-dicey stage so I immediately guilt-chop it and stick it in a Ziploc. This would save it for salad though, which is way better. Hope your move went well!

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