Homemade Greens Powder - Using up my stores

I finished up the last of my Dino Kale out in the garden and I am scraping the Bottom of my greens powder container so I dove into my dried herbs and found a bag of kale that I harvested last year and dried when I had a crop larger than I could eat. I threw in the Asian Hawksbeard that I foraged and some lemon grass and VOILA! Our popped a jar of greens powder from the VitaMix!! I can't wait to try it.


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  • annbeck62
    annbeck62 Posts: 1,024 ✭✭✭✭

    I bet it will be great :) And it's a great way to use abundantly growing greens. I'm always amazed at how what seems like a huge quantity of greens ends up beings a small amount of green powder.

  • monica197
    monica197 Posts: 332 ✭✭✭✭✭

    That is what I was thinking - that pot jar contains the contents of two jammed packed gallon bags of kale and hawksbeard plus a little bit of lemongrass. I like to leave stuff whole to retain health benefits but when I do finally grind it up - wow - what a space saver! @annbeck62

  • JennyT Upstate South Carolina
    JennyT Upstate South Carolina Posts: 1,273 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @monica197 I can't say I've ever heard of Asian Hawksbeard before. 🤔

    What is it exactly and what do you use it for when you're not turning it into a powerful green powder?

  • marjstratton
    marjstratton Posts: 1,132 ✭✭✭✭

    My plans were to dry and powder a lot of kale this summer but the kale didn't cooperate. I did freeze a lot of chard but never got around to drying any.

  • annbeck62
    annbeck62 Posts: 1,024 ✭✭✭✭

    There are two ways I've frozen greens to save space; I process them in a food processor and I've juiced them and frozen them in ice cube trays. Somethings like cucumber, mint and other flavorful things I've juiced, frozen in ice cube trays and then added a cube or two to a glass of water to create "spa water"

  • Tave
    Tave Posts: 952 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Great! I prefer drying my greens to preserve them. First, electricity is unstable here, and, second, I prefer a method that doesn't need a freezer or takes up so much space.

  • Michelle D
    Michelle D Posts: 1,465 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Fun! I make a lot of green powder to reduce waste if I have too many greens. I like to put it on so many things. I can't really get my family to use it much. My husband will eat it if he has been eating poorly and isn't feeling well because of it.

    @monica197 what is your favorite way to use it?

  • gardneto76
    gardneto76 Posts: 528 ✭✭✭✭

    I am so excited that it is almost my season to grow greens. It is to hot for most of them in the summer here, with the exception of Malabar spinach. That did great this year and I need to use some more of it before it goes to seed. Looks like we will be in the mid 80’-90’s here for the next 10 days so perfect for starting a bunch of winter greens and fall crops.

  • soeasytocraft
    soeasytocraft Posts: 237 ✭✭✭

    Does anyone steam their greens before drying them? I heard it reduces the anti-nutrients. I generally do this but a fair bit more work. I do find they dry much faster once steaming breaks down the fibres a bit.

    My greens are finally growing after an unusually hot summer adding more jobs onto the busy fall chores making me wonder if steaming is worth the extra steps.

  • Torey
    Torey Posts: 5,640 admin

    @monica197 Do you know the Latin for your species of Hawksbeard? We have Hawksbeard here but there are many species. We have several in the Crepis genus and more in the Hieracium genus. They are hard to differentiate as species and I haven't used them for anything because of that reason. I haven't done any research into them, either. The orange Hieracium we have here is highly invasive, even spreading up high in the mountains. So it is on the Invasive Species hit list and is likely to be sprayed.

    Does yours have medicinal properties or do you just use it as an edible?

  • karenjanicki
    karenjanicki Posts: 968 ✭✭✭✭

    That sounds like a great idea! I like superfood green powder but it's pricey. I should look into making my own too.

  • monica197
    monica197 Posts: 332 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I contacted a local forager specialist and he said it had similar uses as does dandelion. I only use it in smoothies/green drinks.

    I really just used in green drinks - not very creative!! lol

    I have done this prior to freezing but not dehydrating

    I wish I would have saved his email to share, Torey. It is a japonicum... here in this zone. This is the guy I contacted: http://www.eattheweeds.com/classes/

    He actually has a book coming out in the near future that covers the medicinal benefits which he also said were tricky to compile. One of the medicinal benefits that we discussed was a possible anti-cancer/anti-tumor property.

    @torey

    @soeasytocraft

    @JennyT Upstate South Carolina

  • water2world
    water2world Posts: 1,156 ✭✭✭✭

    @monica197 What a clever idea----make your own!! May have to try that myself!

    Thanks for posting.

  • monica197
    monica197 Posts: 332 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I am realizing it could be quite cost-effective! Those containers of pre-made greens are quite pricey when you think about it, you know? @water2world

  • MaryRowe
    MaryRowe Posts: 736 ✭✭✭✭

    It finally got cool enough for a bowl of soup to taste good here. It made a clean-out-the-fridge vegetable soup, and at the end of the cooking time thickened it with my powdered nettles, the way you use file powder to thicken gumbo. Came out great! This is the first time I tried drying and powdering any greens, and the first time I used it--a very successful experiment, and now I'm excited to try a lot more!

    Come to think of it, I have a couple of small sassafras trees trying valiantly to grow in my back yard. It will be many years before they get big enough to harvest roots, but they have plenty of leaves....anybody here ever try making their own file powder for gumbo?

  • Wendy
    Wendy Posts: 138 ✭✭✭

    @monica197 I have done this for the last two years.

    @JennyT Upstate South Carolina I use my super green powder in smoothies, sauces, pasta dishes, and anywhere I want to add a few nutrients.

    My green powder includes a mix of spinach, arugula, dandelion leaf, grape leaf, carrot greens, raspberry leaf, chickweed, violet leaf, plantain, and whichever greens I have dried that have little taste. I do not include mint, basil, or other strong tasting greens. I want my powder to have little flavor, but many nutrients.

    I have made a daily supplement that my family enjoys - my powdered greens mixed with honey. I use one cup of powdered greens to two cups of honey and mix well. We take a spoonful as our daily multivitamin.

  • gardneto76
    gardneto76 Posts: 528 ✭✭✭✭

    Anyone ever powder Malabar spinach? I have tons of fresh right now. I like it cooked but thinking powdered would be good too.

  • JennyT Upstate South Carolina
    JennyT Upstate South Carolina Posts: 1,273 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Wendy I really like your idea of a multivitamin with greens & honey. 😊

    How did you come up with those specific greens to use?

  • monica197
    monica197 Posts: 332 ✭✭✭✭✭
  • burekcrew86
    burekcrew86 Posts: 248 ✭✭✭

    I love this. I typically freeze my greens but I love the idea of saving freezer space and having something shelf staple. Thanks for sharing this.

  • dipat2005
    dipat2005 Posts: 1,279 ✭✭✭✭

    Do you also dry the stems on swiss chard? I was thinking it would add some color. I am in the process of drying greens and no I didn't blanch them. Also I find it very difficult to dry celery leaves. Any tips?

  • I have done the same thing with the TONS of Kale & other greens I have dried. Here in the Deep South, we can GROW SOME GREENS so I have dried 50 or more 2.5-gallon baggies of chopped Kale, Collards, Turnips, Mustard, Radish (yes, you can eat radish greens & they are DELISH!!! Cook like you do normal greens). I also have neighbors that call me when they are done harvesting their crops to come to pick what I want so they don't go to waste. I have spent HOURS cleaning & processing all kinds of greens to have for my long-term storage needs. I dehydrate the cleaned, chopped greens (I also save the stems & dehydrate those as well since they are full of nutrients, too). I vacuum seal them either in bags or in jars using the lid attachment. I store ALL my veggies that are vacuum-sealed in those sturdy heavy hard plastic bins with the foldable locking lids I get at Thrift Stores for $3-$5 each. They stack well and do not crush the bottoms layers lids like the Rubbermaid totes. We grow Kale & most other greens almost year-round so my supply is almost endless. The other night I was vacuum sealing several 2.5-gallon baggies of greens (I vacuum seal them in smaller portion sizes) and decided to grind up a bunch for GREEN POWDER! I have 6 half gallon mason jars FULL of green powder now (vacuum sealed with lid attachment with a moisture & oxygen absorber inside). They are stored on the bottom shelf of my big pantry where it is the coolest & darkest). When times get tough, at least I will have nutritious ORGANICALLY GROWN GREEN POWDER to add to drinks or soups/stews for added nutrients that will be needed. I am ready to harvest my turmeric & ginger and repot AGAIN as they are bursting at the seams in their current pots. I even had one of my mother ginger plants FLOWER this year. NEVER have I seen a culinary/edible ginger plant flower!!! I grow these in my greenhouse year-round (heated when the temps fall below 40(F). Most folks think ginger & turmeric grow best in FULL SUN since they are a TROPICAL plant. WRONG!!! They prefer FILTERED SUN (which in the summertime, my greenhouse is shaded by trees so they do exceptionally well and are abundantly producing beyond my wildest dreams. It is so nice to be able to go pick what I need for medicinal purposes from my OWN HOMEGROWN GROCERY STORE and KNOW WHAT I HAVE that has been grown without CHEMICALS! I'm also propagating our native grown elderberry plants and have 30 or more plants now ready to put in the ground. I've harvested 12 gallons of elderberries this year with just 4 plants (well they are towering well over 15-20 ft IN ONE YEAR since planting, produced their very first year-planted 2 ft plants I propagated spring before last, planted last fall, and harvested from them this year.!!) They are considered a nuisance here since they are native to our very hot, humid area. BUT I know the secret to their wonderful medicinal uses and pick tons to make tinctures/syrups for family & friends. NATURE IS OUR WONDERFUL SOURCE OF HEALING WITH NATURAL PLANTS...why go any other way??

    Love this site & all the info provided. GROW YOUR OWN FOOD & MEDICINE OR LEARN TO FORAGE FOR IT IN THE WILD!!! It will be a great source of food & med's when this old world reaches its breaking point with all that is trying to destroy GOD'S BOUNTY FOR HIS CHILDREN!!

  • I dry celery all the time in my dehydrator(s). What I get from the farmers market or organic from the grocery I break away each stalk, wash well, chop up & put in my dehydrator. I takes a bit longer to get it DRY using low heat but just check the texture of it and dry a little longer if they aren't totally dry. They will not have the PING SOUND when dropped in a metal pan, so to speak, or be crisp enough to turn to powder like greens if you press them between your fingers as they dry a bit more leathery than most veggies & some fruits. The leaves tend to dry crisper than the whole stalk of celery as they aren't as fiberous as the stalks. When I pick the leaves of my celery I grow in my herb garden, I just let them air dry, like I do most of my herbs. I have a window screen I lay my herbs on in the house and in a couple of days they are dried to be stored in jars (I always vacuum seal any herbs I store to keep them fresher, longer as well as to maintain their taste). If you have any other questions, I would be happy to answer further. I'm not a pro at dehydrating but have been doing it for YEARS and have had much success. Hope this helps.

  • dipat2005
    dipat2005 Posts: 1,279 ✭✭✭✭

    @bamacherokeerosebud thank you for all of the information. I was air drying the celery leaves but they are not drying well. I may have to use my dehydrator. I appreciate your willingness to help.

  • vickeym
    vickeym Posts: 2,116 ✭✭✭✭✭

    This is a very good discussion. Never thought of drying them or using them in sauces or as a multivitamin. Really did not like the kale we grew. Very strong flavor. It was ok as a small part of a mixed green salad but that was all we could handle. Might have to try some other varieties. But I love the idea of adding the nutrients to our daily routine and as an emergency boost if things get real bad.

    I love nettles but have to use them sparingly. Tried nettle tea when we had covid and they caused a tingling burning sensation in my lips. These were purchased dried from Mountain Rose Herbs. Seems I have a bit of an allergic reaction to them in concentration.

  • Michele Mcguire
    Michele Mcguire Posts: 3 ✭✭✭

    I have been doing a dried greens powder for years. I collect all kinds of greens, wild from my yard, and some I grow. I capsule it up in oo capsules, and it is so convenient to take, great for a busy lifestyle. It is also how I get my pickier family members to get more nutrients!

  • monica197
    monica197 Posts: 332 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited October 2021

    Your sensitivities are interesting and it just goes to show you how sensitive we can be.

    What kind of kale did you grow that you did not like? @vickeym

  • nicksamanda11
    nicksamanda11 Posts: 742 ✭✭✭✭

    I never can figure out what to use green powder on or in.😒 smoothies- but i just don't make that many smoothies.

  • Michelle D
    Michelle D Posts: 1,465 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @nicksamanda11 not to over simplify it, but you can put it on just about anything really. I hide it in lots of meals to get my family the extra nutrients. Sprinkling it on anything with a sauce is the easiest way to do it. I put it on cheeseburgers hidden between the lettuce and tomato. On top of garlic bread they think it is more Italian seasoning. Pasta salad, baked chicken, eggs, anything works. A little sprinkle on each meal doesn't change the flavor in a noticeable way but really can add up for the health benefits.

  • dipat2005
    dipat2005 Posts: 1,279 ✭✭✭✭

    I have to say I really like the curly leaf kale that I got several years ago. The kale I planted this year was not to my liking either. I can find the name later if anyone wants to know.