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Irish moss has been the go-to ingredient to create a fluffy, gelatinous-like consistency in raw recipes. But it has been put under the microscope and there is much discussion whether or not it is safe to eat. I have read equal amounts of information arguing both sides of this controversy . So, when in doubt… fade-it-out or at least come up with an equal alternative. Raw kelp noodles!
Raw Kelp Noodles are a sea vegetable in the form of a raw noodle. Made of only kelp (a sea vegetable), sodium alginate (sodium salt extracted from a brown seaweed), and water. They are fat-free, gluten-free, and very low in carbohydrates and calories. They contain a trace mineral and essential nutrient, iodine, which plays a key role in metabolism and thyroid function. Inadequate iodine intake can lead to thyroid problems, such as hypothyroidism.
Creating kelp paste is not going to be an exact science. When you blend the noodles to create the paste, the amount of water you use during that process will affect the gelling effect that the end product will produce. The measurement that I listed below creates the perfect consistency for thickening puddings and smoothies for example. The less water that you can get by with, the thicker and more set-up it will become, making it great for breads, cakes and cheesecakes. It gives a recipe body, acts as a thickener, and adds great nutrients.
With the soaking process and the length that it was soaked, I couldn’t detect any smell or taste from the paste, which was very exciting. I am going to share a little funny, freak out moment that I had while creating this recipe. Whenever I create recipes, my laptop comes into the kitchen with me. I learned years ago to ALWAYS write a recipe down as I go, even if it is going to be “haphazard” one because those usually always turn out to be the best. Anyway, I was fussing with the noodles, going back and forth between the counter, blender, computer, blender, computer and so forth. Well, a few hours later when I sat down with my computer…. I jumped, yipped and covered my eyes. There was a WORM on my computer screen!!! A WORM!!! Shiver-me-timbers… Without my husband home to save the day, I had to deal with the worm myself. I got up and grabbed a paper towel. Feeling that I was safe enough to where the darn thing wouldn’t jump on me (hey you never know, they might jump hehe), I inched my nose in closer to check it out. Closer, closer, closer… kelp noodle! lol Not a worm, but a translucent kelp noodle clinging for its very life on my computer screen. It gave me a good chuckle, that’s for sure.