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    Using Kale Stems

    I have a pot of potato soup on the stove right now and have added a handful of lacinto kale to the pot. I removed the stem, butt the thought of wasting bits irks me to no end, so I was wondering what the possibilities are for the use of the stems. Can I chop them up and throw them in, or would they stay too fibrous?

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    I'm not sure if this would work, but I might throw them in a blender with some oil, cheese, nuts, and garlic and see if they would be suitable to make a pesto of sorts. This would be purely experimental though, and no telling if it would work out. To think a little bit more about this, even sauteed mushrooms might even work well thrown into the mix with a dash of white wine.

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    I would think they would be good braised. Meaning sauted in butter with garlic, like spinach.

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    They are inedible, basically too fibrous and won't break down. Maybe you can shave them with a peeler for salad, like is sometimes done with asparagus.

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    The dogs seem to really like them!
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    compost?

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    Yeah dog snacks are Good idea

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    You know its funny I had the same thought a while ago with broccoli and cauliflower stems. I sliced them thin(3mm) boiled them in chicken stock along with a few other compatable veggies, and then at the end I added some eggs.
    My version of egg drop soup. It actually turned out pretty good.
    No I didn't bother to peel them. not sure about the kale stems.
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    When cooked properly, I prefer broccoli stems and leaves over the florets. Kale stems = wood.

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    pickle them see what happens!

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