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    Old 08-27-2006, 10:14 AM   #1
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    Question Kelp............Anyone?

    Does anyone know how to harvest and prepare fresh Kelp? I've seen it washed up on the beach, stinking and covered in flies and I would've never thought it was edible. After reading up on it and seeing Kelp noodles, I think I'd like to try it. I don't want to buy Kelp supplements. If I can find the noodles, I'll try them, but I'd really like to try fresh Kelp. What parts of the kelp are edible? Do you just pick it up from the surface of the water where it's floating? Rinse and cook? Eat it raw? Anyone know? Questions, questions, questions

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    Old 09-06-2006, 05:52 AM   #2
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    Re: Kelp............Anyone?

    It's harvested with giant gloating "lawn mowers" that cut down 4 feet below the surface. A kelp bed can produce 3 or 4 "mowings" a year.

    I use dried seaweeds for thickening soups to get a Chinese look and feel to it.

    Probably getting the pieces of kelp floating onto beaches is not a good idea because the stuff was broken off during a storm God knows how long ago, and probably half rotted.

    If you have a BOAT, then maybe getting the fresh kelp might be a good idea if it grows in waters near you.

    No, don't eat it raw.

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    Old 09-06-2006, 07:21 AM   #3
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    Re: Kelp............Anyone?

    Thanks Lenin. Since first posting this question I've learned quite a bit about it.
    The plan is to harvest the fresh kelp floating near the surface of the water. We're moving to the Galvaston Bay area in a few weeks and we'll have a boat. The kelp beds are only about 20 yds or so off shore. I didn't know it could be used as a thickener though. Is it the bladderwort type of kelp you're referring to? That's the kind I'll be using.

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