I learned how to strip from an 80 something year old, named Ann Esselstyn. I’ve seen her technique several times. It’s always been when she’s on stage in front of a very large crowd and the whole crowd gasps with delight as we watch her do it. It’s both surprising and fun!
Stripping KALE really is easy. It only takes seconds to do it! You remember my earlier posts about prepping food when I get home from grocery shopping? Stripping kale is one of those prep tasks I do.
Here’s a video of Ann and her daughter Jane demonstrating how to strip kale. If you’ve never seen or heard them before, fair warning, you’ll get hooked. They are HILARIOUS! Watching Jane’s facial features when Ann is talking or doing something gets me every time.
I personally rinse the leaves, shake the excess water off and get to stripping. I store the stripped leaves in large 2 ½ gallon baggies in the fridge. Then we just pull several handfuls out throughout the week and cook it and eat it. It makes it super easy to have it already washed and in pieces.
Before you mention the fact that I’m using plastic baggies to store it, I’ve tried storing it in a produce keeper I got on Amazon. It didn’t stay fresh. I tried storing it in the produce bags I use instead of plastic bags from the grocery store. It didn’t stay fresh in that either. So as much as I don’t want to use the baggies, they are the only thing I’ve found that keep the greens fresh. It will actually keep them fresh for two weeks. I just make sure I wash out and reuse the baggies several times so I’m not just randomly throwing plastic away.
I also prep collard greens, I just don’t strip those, although you could if you wanted to. I cut them off the stem, then lay them on top of each other and then cut into strips. I store them the same way as the kale.
In our home, we eat greens every day, usually several times a day. My husband tries to eat greens 4-6 times a day. He has them at breakfast, for lunch and for dinner. If you’re curious why, just google Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn and greens. It’s an eye opener for sure what greens do for our bodies.
I buy minimum of four bunches of kale and two bunches of collards every week so I’ve gotten very good at stripping. I always look forward to when someone asks me how I prepare it because I get to tell them I’m a very good stripper!
Are you ready to start stripping? There’s no better time than now!