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How to Cut and Clean Collard Greens

Here you'll find a few tips on how to cut and clean collard greens. Good preparation is key to ending up with delicious greens every time!
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Southern
Keyword: collard greens, how to
Author: Pam


  • sharp knife
  • cutting board


  • Cover collard greens with cold water in sink and let sit for about 10 minutes.
  • Drain water, remove collard leaves from sink and rinse the sink.
  • Rinse each leaf individually by spraying with spray nozzle in sink. Be sure to spray off both sides.
  • Lay the collard green leaves on a cutting board one at a time and trim out stem. Using a sharp knife cut down one side of the stem until the point where the stem gets smaller. Cut across the stem and back down the other side.
  • Remove and discard the stems.
  • Stack 5-6 leaves together and fold in half lengthwise. If leaves are very large make 1-2 vertical cuts, then cut horizontally into 1 inch pieces.