Can I substitute spinach for kale?

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Posted: 2/1/2013 4:20:04 PM
I have a recipe for a new soup Id like to try.

It calls for adding fresh kale during the last bit of cooking.

Would it be ok to use fresh spinach instead? I've never cooked with kale and usually have spinach on hand that gets used in salads.

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Posted: 2/1/2013 4:21:01 PM
I would

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Posted: 2/1/2013 4:23:44 PM
I wouldn't. Kale is a type of cabbage that will hold its form. Spinach will melt in to a green sludge in the soup. I hope that makes sense.


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Posted: 2/1/2013 4:59:26 PM
i think kale is more firm while spinach will get softer... but i mean... why not give it a try?

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Posted: 2/1/2013 5:11:49 PM
I would but I like spinich in soup put in at the very end. Kale taste like cabbage though so if it because of the taste I wouldn't.

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Posted: 2/1/2013 5:59:33 PM
add it at the very end.

you won't get the same tho.

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Posted: 2/1/2013 6:02:14 PM
Yes you can. I interchange them all the time in soups.
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Posted: 2/1/2013 8:19:51 PM
I would put the spinach in the bowl that you're planning on eating the soup out of, and then put the soup on top. Spinach will cook down way faster than kale.

For the record, I was afraid of kale too, until I tried it. Just make sure you don't use the stemmy parts, and when it's cooked in a soup or stew, it will generally take on the flavor of whatever it's cooking in. We love throwing kale in soups/stews now.

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Posted: 2/1/2013 9:17:18 PM
In a soup, yes. At the end. It will wilt down and be fine.

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Posted: 2/1/2013 11:18:08 PM
I don't think kale tastes anything like cabbage.

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Posted: 2/1/2013 11:40:56 PM
I used spinach (fresh, stems trimmed) in the copycat Olive Garden Zuppa something-or-other. I just added it at the end a cooked for a few minutes-very yummy!



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Posted: 2/2/2013 2:04:34 AM
I meant kale was like cabbage in texture not taste.
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