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Keith Odell
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I have a chard question. My garden made chard my number one crop this past season. First time planting it and it obviously liked my raised bed soil and copious amounts of worm compost tea.
Other than cutting for mixed greens and giving to neighbors, how best do I use this resource?

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Keith
 
Brendan DeVincent
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Hey Keith
I'm not David nor am I any sort of expert but a good friend of mine had about 50lbs of chard(I know because I hauled it all off) sitting in her garden that was just going to be left to rot. I brought it home and made some chard chips and threw some in the vitamix so now I've got several gallons in the freezer for smoothies. However - I was still left with a HUGE mound of chard on my kitchen table. Hmmm what to do..
Well I love fermented foods and had never had a go at it myself so I figured why not give it a shot
6 quart jars later and I put a significant dent in mt. Chard
Just cracked the first batch last night - damn tasty!
Pretty simple recipe too..used 1-3 tbs of salt some garlic onion ginger turmeric chilies and of course a little bit of that love...each batch a bit different and now an awesome snack I've got for the next few weeks. Between the cultures and the natural benefits of chard as is I'm pretty stoked...actually munching on some as I type now
Anyways just wanted to share as I finally went ahead and registered...time to give a little after receiving so much
Something to at least consider
Take care
Brendan
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Two things I love to do with Chard are tossing the greens into other dishes like soup and stir fry, while retaining the stems for another day. Boil the colorful stems (or better yet steam them if you have the ability) and then drain and butter. A tiny bit of honey can make a nice touch too if you have kids. They make an amazingly pretty side dish and are filling in addition to being tasty.
 
Keith Odell
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Thank you both for your suggestions and Mt. Chard made me laugh. I like it, I just wish the other veggies would have followed suit.
I sure we will try all of those if we have any thing close to this years harvest. There are only so many salads you can eat in a day!
 
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Nice chard mountain. Lots of great suggestions from fellow forum members on how to put chard to good use. You might also try using the large leaves as edible wrappers ala stuffed grape leaves or tamales. Soften the chard a couple of minutes in steam or hot water to get it flexible enough to completely enclose a tablespoon of the filling of your choice. Good for road or picnic food.
 
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That sounds good as well. Thanks for hanging out and answering our questions.
 
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I sometimes think the stems can be a bit muddy tasting, but if I chop them up finely, they go into a stir-fry/casserole/sauce/etc, and don't give that flavor. Chard is one of the few vegetables I managed to get a (somewhat limited) crop of this year, after slug devastation, so I'm making the most of mine, too.
 
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