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Kale chip refrigeration?
February 4, 2012 8:33 PM   Subscribe

Do these homemade kale chips need to be refrigerated?

I have some kale chips in the oven now (just torn-up kale tossed with olive oil and sprinkled with some sea salt and a little garlic powder). The last time I made these, there weren't any leftovers. This time, there will be. I'm not putting them in a dehydrator or anything, and I'm concerned that any moisture left after baking (about 20 min) would cause spoilage. I'm not too keen on refrigerating, though, because it would ruin the texture. Would these be safe to keep in a container in the pantry? I'm thinking yes, but I wanted to ask just in case anyone knows better. I anticipate using them up within the next couple of days.
posted by Salieri to Food & Drink (7 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
 
Nope. Keep'em dry though.
posted by kellyblah at 8:35 PM on February 4, 2012


They'll be fine- but yeah, kale chips don't stay crunchy long unless you get them really dry and keep them that way
posted by rockindata at 8:39 PM on February 4, 2012


They really don't keep, but you could use them later in stock or something like that.
posted by Riverine at 8:50 PM on February 4, 2012 [1 favorite]


I've tried refrigerating kale chips before. They get soggy and disgusting. Honestly, the odds that kale chips will spoil enough to hurt you in a few days are so nil as to not worry about.
posted by dekathelon at 8:53 PM on February 4, 2012


I leave them out on the counter uncovered/unsealed and try to finish them as soon as we can. They're still fine the next day, they've never lasted to the next-next day.
posted by padraigin at 8:55 PM on February 4, 2012


Awesome, sounds like a consensus. Thanks, everyone. The way these things taste, I don't think they'll last past tomorrow anyway.

Nom nom nom
posted by Salieri at 8:58 PM on February 4, 2012


I keep mine on the counter, in lidded glass jars with dessicant packets (from vitamin bottles) in them.
posted by cybercoitus interruptus at 1:23 AM on February 5, 2012 [1 favorite]


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