How to Dehydrate Swiss Chard

Last week while I was swimming in a sea of Swiss Chard, someone suggested I dehydrate it.  At first I thought it was a weird idea.  But after thinking about it for a few days it totally made sense.

I could dehydrate the chard, store it, and then use it this winter as an extra nutritional boost in soups and stews.  Freakin’ genius!

If you have never dehydrated Swiss chard before it is ridiculously easy.

  • Pick chard
  • Wash chard
  • Dry chard
  • Cut chard into 4 inch pieces
  • Lay chard flat on trays
  • Turn dehydrator on {it took 3 hours at 135 degrees for me}
  • Cool chard
  • Store chard in a dark pantry until ready to use

See, how easy was that?  Piece of cake!

So tell me, what’s the strangest thing you have ever dehydrated?


If you are looking for a deal on a dehydrator, Amazon has my favorite Nesco American Harvest Food Dehydrator on sale for $35.99 shipped if you need one.


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  1. Heidi says

    Hey Mavis, I’m thinking this might work for other things like spinach. Then when added to a recipe, like lasagna, you wouldn’t have to cook it and then squeeze out the excess water.

  2. Lucky L. says

    What about Kale? My random scattering of seed produced 40 plants! Kids can’t eat that much kale chips. What would you use dried Kale in – soup too?

  3. Kathy says

    Strangest thing ever in dehydrator? I haven’t done it myself, but I’ve had clients do their placentas.

  4. Joy says

    Hi Mavis,
    Where do you get your jars that you have the basil stored in? I need some for my fireballs and double bubble habits.

      • says

        I freeze or dehydrate all my organic greens in season then when I make soup
        or stews or even a broth I know my kids will eat, I grind it and add it.
        The nutrition is there but they don’t see it.

        I’ve also been known to add frozen chard or kale, crunched up fine to a simple
        scrambled eggs and cheese dish to make green eggs.
        Hide it in chili, curry or soup. Even pasta sauces.
        Boost that up!

  5. says

    I always have a bumper crop of chard and kale and I dehydrate it all summer and then add dehydrated kale, swiss chard and spinach to smoothies, soups and sauces the rest of the year!

  6. Nancy says

    I have dehydrated both kale & spinach and then used them in soups or breads. I am going to do the same with swiss chard leaves this year. I would like to freeze and use in lasagna (just like spinach) has anyone done this?

  7. Jan says

    I dry everything. Dried spinach/swiss chard is great on veggie pizza. Weirdest thing i dry is eggs.
    They work great in baked goods.

  8. Janette says

    I dry my Swiss chard or beet leaves and put them in my food processed to make a powder. It is great for my smoothies! You barely taste it and get your vegetables at the same time.

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