Some customers like the saltier the better, others do not like it that salty tasting.
Here's how to make kelp fronds not as salty:
Soak the kelp pieces in enough water to cover, for about 5 minutes.
Place in lightly oiled cookie sheet or non stick cookie sheet.
Heat at 180 to 200 F for 10 to 15 minutes or until dry and crisp. Store in food grade air tight container. Save soaking liquid for soup.
note: You can also quickly rinse it without soaking it. Then heat as indicated above. This will taste less salty however saltier than soaking it 5 minutes.
What are the small, whitish, round crystal like formations on the dried kelp?
In the late summer bryozoans (round crusty whitish spots) grow on the kelp, they are tasteless and edible, (calcium carbonate).
Also very common for some white kelp salt crystals to be or appear on the kelp.
How do I store the seaweed?
Store in airtight container such as glass jar with screw on lid or food grade airtight (plastic food buckets with tight fitting lids or tupperware container with snap on lid. Not zip lock plastic bags (they are not air tight). Store away from light in a cool dry area.
What is the shelf life of the seaweed after harvest?
If stored as described above the Kelp will keep for many years.
The Bladderwrack keeps well up to 1 year.
Do you add any ingredients to aid in the drying or preservation of the seaweed?
Nothing is added to the seaweed in any way.
Only the pure seaweed, no additives fillers or preservatives.
There is fine white salt with my kelp, where does it come from?
The fine white salt is kelp salt. Some kelp salt leaches out of the kelp during the drying process.
What does dry kelp taste like ?
Dried kelp has a clean and fresh salty ocean taste. Not fishy at all.
If the kelp gets limp can I redry it crispy again?Yes. When this kelp becomes even a trifle moist, it can easily be dried placed in an open pan in a very low (110-140 degrees F). Heat for about 30 minutes.
Why do you only sell the Wakame, Macro and the Kombu in gram/ ounce bags and not by the pound ?
Our most popular items are the bull kelp and the bladderwrack, so we harvest more of these two seaweeds. Our customers like to sample different seaweeds so we harvest the Kombu, Macro and Wakame in smaller quantities.
How can I make my own Kelp Powder?
You can easily make your own. First make certain kelp is very dry. If not crispy dry, re dry. Place in an open pan in a very low (110-140 degrees F). Heat for about 30 minutes.
Use a inexpensive household coffee mill and powder your kelp. Place in a shaker bottle with a lid and leave on your kitchen table for easy use.
Can I eat the seaweed right out of the bag?
Yes. You can eat any of our seaweeds right out of the bag.