Kalettes are a brand new vegetable that naturally combine kale and brussel sprouts! This member of the cabbage family has a nutty, sweet flavour. Created using natural hybridization, Kalettes are a non-GMO vegetable that give us all a new way to enjoy leafy greens! Since Kalettes are new, you might not see them widely available at your local grocery store yet. However, according to The Toronto Star, as of May 2015, you may find them at various Loblaw affiliated stores across Canada right now.
How to Select
Choose Kalettes with vibrant-coloured leaves. Avoid any bunches that look wilted, limp, yellowed, or have brown spots. Look for tight buds with leaves that are perky and tender-firm and check the freshness of the cut part of the stem to find the freshest greens.
How to Store
Store Kalettes in the fridge unwashed in the vegetable crisper. To crisp them up before using, trim the ends and submerge in cold water for a few minutes. Kalettes can be stored in the fridge for about a week.
How to Freeze
You can freeze Kalettes much like kale. Remove the leaves from the stem and rinse them well. In a pot of boiling water, blanch Kalettes for 2-3 minutes until the greens parts of the kale turn bright green. Drain and plunge Kalettes into ice water to halt the cooking process. Drain well and pat dry with a towel. Lay out onto a baking sheet in clumps to freeze, than transfer to an airtight bag to store in the freezer. Use within 10 months.
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