Frequently Asked Questions-BC Kelp

FAQ- BC Kelp- British Columbia Canada
Frequently asked questions
Can I make the kelp fronds less salty to taste?
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 it is 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 2 years. 

"In proper storage, most totally-dried sea vegetables stay nutritionally 
and medicinally secure indefinitely. The minerals do not degrade" 
resource taken from Ryan Drum's website.

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.

to be continued.......
There are different types of Seaweed. Kelp is one type of Seaweed. 
Seaweeds are marine algae. 
A seaweed can belong to the red, green or brown algae group. 
Kelp belongs to the group of brown algae.  more info
What is the difference between Kelp and Seaweed?
Fucoidan is a nutrient, that can be found in the brown algae group such as kombu, bladderwrack, wakame, nereo kelp...
It is being studied for many health benefits including weight loss and cancer fighting properties. 
Fucoidan can be easily cooked out of most edible brown algae by simmering 20-40 minutes in water 
(alone or in food). more info  and scroll down to FUCOIDAN
What is Fucoidan?
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What does Wildcrafted mean?
Wildcrafted means that the plants are grown in the wild by nature without human intervention 
and wildcrafted (harvested) in the wild. The wild plants are in their natural environment and eco system. 
They are in a supportive mix of nutrients, plants and organisms. Wildcrafted plants are in the true sense (Organic).