The Basics: Collard Greens

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How To Prepare Collard Greens For Cooking Applications

Collard Greens

Collard greens are a vegetable southerners can rely on in the winter months as they thrive in bright light & our moderate temperatures. If a cold snap does hit, the leaves can withstand the elements well below the freezing point & the taste, a little sweeter. Collard greens are simple to grow & they are prized for their nutrient dense leaves that offer a good source of protein, vitamins & minerals. Preparing the leaves for the cooking process is much easier than you may think. Follow these valuable pointers to complete the task.

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As the weather gets a little cooler, collard greens will begin to make an appearance at your local produce market. They will generally be bundled by weight & the large, tough stems will need to be removed. If the purveyor has not thoroughly cleaned them before sending to market, it’s a relatively simple procedure. The main point is that you want to remove any sand, dirt or grit before cooking them.

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Gather a cutting board & a knife. Learn how to wash & prepare a bundle or two of fresh collard greens properly. Here’s what you should know.

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The Washing

Remove any yellow or discolored leaves. These days, many purveyors will take care of the hard working washing that is needed in order to clean collard green leaves. If you find them to be gritty or you have planted your own & they are ready for harvest, simply fill the kitchen sink with cold water. Hold the stems & dunk the leaves into the water. Swish them around. Drain the sink & repeat the process several times until the water no longer has any residue in it.  

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Removing The Stems

Cut the stalk away from the leaves using a chef knife. Focus on one leaf at a time & remove the center, tough stem. Switch to a paring knife for this procedure, if desired. Simply make a cut on either side of the stem & discard it.

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The First Cut

Stack several leaves & cut them crosswise. 

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The Additional Cuts 

Once the initial cuts have been made, even up the pieces. Make several cuts lengthwise to create approximately 1 1/2-inch pieces.

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The Cooking & Storing

Once the collard green have been cut, they are ready for cooking applications. Follow individual recipe instructions to proceed. The collard greens can also be stored several days. Place them in a zip top bag however do not seal it. Refrigerate up to 2 days.

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