Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Too Many Greens!

Sometimes it's boom or bust when it comes to gardens. If they grow at all, you soon have so much produce, you don't know what to do with it all.

Well, if you're sick of seeing spinach or crammed full of chard, here's a tip that will save you time and money this winter: dry those leaves!

Once they are dried, leafy greens can be powdered and stirred into juice or a smoothie for a quick boost! The process is simple.

Wash and spin or pat dry your surplus crop. It's okay to mix various greens. If you have a dehydrator, lay leaves flat on screens and dry at 110 degrees for a few hours until the leaves are crumbly. Or, lay leaves in a single layer on a cookie sheet and put in the oven on the lowest heat with the door slightly ajar.

When completely dry, crush leaves into your blender and whirl until pieces disappear into a fine powder. Store in an airtight container.

Add 1 teaspoon to a glass of juice or a heaping tablespoon to a quart of smoothie.

To your health and happiness,

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