Yep, you read it- seaweed. Seaweed has been around us for centuries- we have yet to acknowledge its value. Seaweed is the new seasoning, the new health craze and the new, sustainable way of eating.
You might be wondering why you should eat seaweed- why would one bother going out in the water, picking up those slimey, gooey things that’s nothing but a bother when swimming? First of all, seaweed is loaded with nutrients and especially omega 3 and protein. Second, I’m sure you’ve heard that if we keep eating meat we will run out of food not so long from now- and we would then resolve to eating bugs? Well, if you are like me and shiver by the though of eating ants and grasshoppers, seaweed would be your saviour.
Did you know- the vikings used to take seaweed on their raids so they wouldn’t suffer from scurvy, which means that seaweed are full of vitamin C.
When heated, seaweeds releases its amazing umami flavor- which we all know and love in a good savory dish.
This is a fairly simple recipe which allows for a broad use of seaweed in your dishes. All you have to do is go out, pick some seaweed with your bare hands, rinse it slightly in cold water, let it dry either outside on a rack or in the oven for a couple of hours. Whiz it up and you got a lovely, concentrated powder which you can use for soup, seasoning, smoothie boost, in bread and on desserts.
Freshly picked Seaweed (I used Pelvetia- also called Channelled Wrack)
- Preheat your oven to 50 degrees celcius.
- Line a baking tray with paper and place your seaweed on it.
- Let dehydrate in the oven for a couple of hours with the door open, preferably over night if possible. Turn every now and then if neccesary.
- Put everything in a blender or food processor and pulse until everything has dissolved to a powder.
- Place in a sanatized jar- keeps for ages if dehydrated until completely dry.
When picking seaweed, remember to harvest it where the water is moving- this makes for the freshest of seaweeds.
I picked roughly 3-4 liters of fresh seaweed, and ended up with the amount on the pictures.