Sunday, September 2, 2012

Kitchen FAIL!

I had a FAIL in the kitchen.  It happens (probably more often that I would like to admit or blog about for that matter).  I tried my hand at making Kale Chips for the first time.  They are all the rave so I thought I would jump on the bandwagon and try them myself.

Big fat FAIL!

I followed a tried and true recipe to a T.  To a T, I tell you and well, not sure what happened because they didn't turn out as intended. 

The smell in the house as they were cooking should have been my first clue.  Didn't smell all that appetizing to me nor my husband who came in from the store while they were cooking and says, "What is that horrible smell?"

And then when they were done, they tasted a bit sour and disintegrated quickly when I put them in my mouth.  They weren't burnt though.  I cooked them for the amount of time suggested and watched them carefully.  The only thing I can think of is my Kale wasn't of very good quality and maybe I put to much olive oil on them.  Who knows.

I will try again. 

I love store brand Kale Chips so I am certain I will *eventually* love home made Kale Chips.

I am a work in progress.

Do you make home made Kale Chips?  What recipe do you use?


Want some GREAT Kale recipes?  I stumbled across this blog post at Lick My Spoon that had tons!


  1. I've never had store bought kale chips. But made my first homemade batches this week. Kids ate them all. I only cooked them half the time. I will try and link up the recipe I use.

    1. Thanks for sharing your recipe on FB. I am sure after a few more tries, they will turn out. If at first you don't succed, try, try again.

  2. I have never even seen kale chips in the store, but I do make them at home off and on. I change it up now and again, but the first time I made them, I used 1T olive oil, 1T white balsamic vinegar, 1t sea salt, 1/2t garlic powder and black pepper. Sometimes I don't bother with the vinegar, and I change up the spices. I bake them at 250 until crispy and have never had a problem. They ARE very delicate though. They kind of burst in your mouth.

    It might just be a matter of what kind of kale you have available. We don't have a Whole Foods where I live, but the last time I went to visit my Mom, I was super envious of their produce department. They had all kinds of kale I had never heard of before. For us it's kinda like parsley - curly or flat leaf. They had purple kale, elephant kale, all kinds of varieties. :(

    If you like kale, just keep playing - you'll get it. :)

    1. We nave several smaller *organic* or health types stores around Portland that sell them. Normal daily stores like Safeway, Albertson, Krogers, etc...I have not seen them there. I will def try to make them again, I don't give up that easy. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

    2. There are four + kinds of kale in the organic section of Fred Meyers. I just picked up a purple kind to try.

  3. I haven't tried this, but it sounds fascinating. I just discovered your blog and like it! We share an interest in healthy organic food and COMPASSION!

  4. I made them tonight! And they were amazing! I think the key is to NOT use olive oil. It's burn point is too low so they can easily burn. I used safflower oil (or you can use grapeseed oil or something with a high burn point). We "massaged" each leave with a tiny bit of oil on our fingers and laid them on a sheet pan. We cooked them probably 12-15 minutes (maybe longer?!) on 350 and scraped them up a couple times with a metal flipper thing. Also put some good sea salt on them before we cooked. But they were great!! Message me on FB if you want more info!

  5. Hey, fails happen lol. My mom made a soupy pecan pie once and my brothers and I ate it to apease her. It was NOT cool. Have you tried to make the kale chips again?


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