How to Prep Cooking Greens

Prepping your greens can seem like a chore if you don't have a good system. Try this method for kale, collards, Swiss chard, spinach, etc. and you'll find that it's easy eating greens!

1. De-stem the greens by grasping the stem in one hand and the bottom of the leaf where it meets the stem in the other. Holding the leaf with the back facing you, carefully pull the leaf away from the stem toward the front of the leaf with your thumb and forefinger on either side of the stem. Then lightly squeeze the leaf around the stem and strip it off in a smooth movement. The vein will break at some point, and the bit remaining in the leaf should be tender enough to leave. Watch our 10 second video for a quick demonstration.

2. Stack the leaves and roll up into a long roll.

3. Hold the rolled leaves in one hand and slice thinly from one end to the other.

4. Rinse and drain your sliced greens. If they are particularly dirty, fill the sink and let them soak, agitating now and again so the dirt can drop to the bottom. You can slice and use the stems as well; just cook them for a few minutes before adding the leaves.

Saute with with garlic, salt and pepper in olive oil. Yum!

Enjoy!

Tip: Expand Your Green Horizons!

These two greens are in the chicory family, and add a sharp bitter character to salads, but mellow and sweeten up a bit when cooked. If you aren't a big fan of the bitter greens, I suggest cooking them to minimize the intensity. They are delicious braised slowly in a broth or caramelized with a high heat saute...Read more

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