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Removing Tough Stems

Martha Stewart Living, February 2004

There's no need to labor with a knife to remove the stems from greens such as chard or kale; a firm hand will do the trick. Briefly soak the leaves in cool water to remove sediment. Then hold a stem in one hand while grasping just below it with the other; run fingers from base to tip, separating the leaf from the stem. Place damp paper towels over greens while working, to keep them fresh.