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How to cook collard greens

Updated on September 22, 2014

How do you cook collard greens?

Cooking ingredients what you need when you are cooking collard greens
Cooking ingredients what you need when you are cooking collard greens | Source

This is how we make our greens.

This is what you will need to make the best batch of southern collard greens.

  • 4 bushels of collard greens
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 4 cloves of garlic minced
  • 2 ham shanks
  • 4 chicken bullion cubes
  • 1/2 tsp. of season salt
  • 1/2 tsp. of garlic salt
  • 1/2 tsp. of pepper
  • pinch of red pepper flakes
  • a dash of your favorite hot sauce

Cut up your onions, and then you garlic. Add into a goog pot like the Simply Calphalon Nonstick pot add in the ham shanks, chopped onion, garlic and the chicken bullion cubes. Cover the ham shanks with water and place on the stove from low to medium heat. Add in your seasoning and let the mixture come to a boil. Turn down to low and simmer for about 1 hour.



Take out the ham shanks from the pot

Take out the ham shanks from the mixture. Pull apart the meat and throw away any fat. Add the meat back into the mixture. Then add in your greens chopped into strips and few handfuls at a time. Let them cook down and the add in more strips of greens.

Repeat this process until greens are all gone. Cook for about 2 hour until greens are tender and then serve with a dash of your favorite hot sauce. This is really not a healthy collard greens recipe but it really tastes good. You could use a smoked turkey wing to make it a little more healthier. It will soothe the soul. I also make batches and seal a meal them.

Fresh collards from the garden

Fresh collard greens that were picked from our garden.
Fresh collard greens that were picked from our garden. | Source

Cutting the collards to add in the pot

Cutting collard greens on a green cutting board.
Cutting collard greens on a green cutting board. | Source

How to clean collard greens

How to clean your greens so you can cook them

  • Cut the stems off the collard greens
  • Wash the greens to make sure you get off any dirt or sand
  • Tear the collard away from the stem on each side.
  • lay the collards in a pile
  • cut them into strips and they are ready to be cooked.

I had someone make me some green a long time ago and they did not wash the greens really good. It was sandy. Every time I took a bite of greens I would find sand and my greens were like they had little rocks in them. Make sure you wash your greens very well to get rid of the sand and the grit. You don't want to mess up your collard greens nutrition. Do it right and you will be fine.

Strips of cut collards in a bowl

blue bowl of collard greens in strips
blue bowl of collard greens in strips | Source

Lets' Eat grab yourself a bowl of southern collard greens.

This is what you have been waiting for. The greens were amazing. I loved the texture of the greens. I used to use smoked ham hocks for flavor and use smoked ham shanks. It is just perfect for the greens our family likes. I have tried a many of variety of collard green recipes. I am in the process of making greens in a slow cooker. I have my eye on a programmable slow cooker to make my greens in when I make the perfect batch of greens in the crock pot. I may have to write a hub about it.

Bowl of Collard Greens

Bowl of fresh collard greens from the garden served with Tabasco sauce.
Bowl of fresh collard greens from the garden served with Tabasco sauce. | Source

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Grow your own collard greens in your backyard

You know where to get the seeds so why don't you get a garden started. If you want to eat fresh vegetables this is on of the best plants to grow. We got our collards from Home Depot and they came out just fine. I love the freshness that I get when we grow our own collards.

You now know how to cook some of the best collards around. Learn to grow the best collards also. We are really surprised hoe the greens came out. I can't wait until the next batch of greens that we make.

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