If you have a garden like ours, we always have more kale, lettuce, chard and other greens than we could possible eat in one season. We give bags away to any neighbour who wants some, chop/blanch/freeze kale and chard, but what to do with extra lettuce? Powder it!
Here is the huge bowl of greens I picked the other night. The bowl looks small, but it is large enough for my 2 year old to sit in and pretend it is a car. There is sorrel, chickweed, kale, chard, and a variety of lettuces included.
After dehydrating the greens overnight in our Excalibur dehydrator, they were crisp and ready to head for the blender. When our greenhouse was set up differently, we were able to dry a batch of greens in 4 hours
About half of the bowl of dried greens fit in our Vitamix blender at a time. Turn the dial gradually up to high speed then ten seconds later....
...We have homemade greens powder ready to store!
Now this Vitamix is way more power than this process really needs, any blender should do. What is helpful about this blender is the tamping tool that helps the material get closer to the blade without ruining your spoons (and blender).
Put the powdered greens into a glass jar with a tight fitting top and store in a cool place away from sunlight and you will have a high quality superfood that can be stored for more than 1 year.
The quart sized mason jar pictured here will hold about 4 batches of dried greens which is over 65 cups of fresh leaves.
No special skills needed, kids can easily help with the process, easy to store, and TONS of nutrients preserved.
Any other tips to preserve greens for winter? Share your ideas in the comments below.
Happy harvest season!