Massaging kale: why (and how) do you do it?

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When we say ‘massage’, you probably think of massage oil and a bed rather than a green leafy vegetable. But we’re sorry: although we heartily wish you that well-deserved massage, we still want to talk about those leafy vegetables. Kale, to be exact. You’ve probably seen in a recipe that you should also massage kale – but why?

It may be tempting to skip that step, but we can really recommend massaging kale. This is especially true if the cabbage is the basis of a salad , for example .

Why do you massage kale?

Kale, also called  bald  in the mouth of all American #fitgirls, has a fairly coarse structure. This is due to the hard fibers it contains. Once you massage the cabbage, those fibers are broken. This not only creates a softer texture , but also a better taste.

This can even be seen in the cabbage itself: massaged kale is darker and feels more silky when massaged. A good massage of a few minutes is ideal.

Massaging kale by hand…

The best known way to massage kale is simply by hand. Tear or cut the leaves from the stems first and put them in a bowl, possibly already torn into some pieces. Add a dash of olive oil (still a kind of massage oil) and some salt and then start massaging.

You can knead the cabbage as you would bread, or rub a few leaves at a time between your hands and repeat.

…or with the mixer

Don’t feel like putting in so much effort yourself? The Kitchn gave us a perfect tip for the culinary lazy among us: it turns out that you can also massage kale with a mixer! It is important to cut the cabbage leaves a bit smaller first, otherwise your mixer will probably not be able to handle it. A splash of olive oil and salt also helps in this case to literally make the process go smoother.

Incidentally, the hack is not completely perfect: you can only massage small amounts of kale at the same time. If you want to make a healthy salad for the whole family, it may be that you are still busy. But it’s definitely worth a try!

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