Sea moss, also known as Irish moss, is an incredibly healthy dietary supplement, although it’s been used for centuries for its rich content of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Possessing over 92 of the 110 minerals the body needs, there is no other minerally rich good that can compare. In this article, you’ll learn about sea moss history, health benefits, how much to take daily, and how to make and use sea moss gel.
What is Irish sea moss?
Sea moss (Chondrus crispus) is a type of red seaweed that’s harvested on the Atlantic coasts near Ireland, Europe, and the United States. Its first known use was during the potato famine in Ireland during the 1800s when people began eating the red algae on the beach. This is where the name Irish Moss originated.
Known as “the collagen of the sea,” commercial extracts are often used for culinary purposes as a thickening agent or gelatin substitute. Its also been referred to as carrageen moss, as it’s naturally high in carageen. Carrageenan is a common food stabilizer and thickener in foods like almond milk and low-fat ice cream.
How to make Sea moss gel(blender method)
- Remove the sea moss from the package. (It might have a slight smell which is a good thing!). Thoroughly rinse your seaweed with filtered or spring water, do not use tap water.
- Use a decent-sized bowl, place your sea moss in it, and fill it with water. Leave it refrigerated or unrefrigerated to soak for about 4 to 8 hours. Once done it will absorb the water and expand and become soft. See 1st image
- Use a blender or nutribullet and place sea moss in it, fill with water up until the sea moss is totally covered, and blend. See 2nd image
- You can alter the texture to be more fluid by adding more water. Once satisfied with consistency store in an airtight jar in the fridge. See 3rd image
How do I store Dried Sea moss and what its shelf life?
Store your seaweed in a dark cool place (like your pantry). You DO NOT have to refrigerate or freeze your moss as it being dried makes it shelf-stable and long-lasting. It can last for 1-3 years depending on the quality.
How do I store Sea moss gel?
Store in the refrigerator in a glass jar (not plastic). you can use a light seal, a sprouting lid, or cheesecloth. I personally have never used a sprouting lid or cheesecloth, but there are people who commonly do so to let their sea moss gel “breathe.” It is said to sustain the life of your sea moss gel and make it last longer. You can also freeze sea moss gel.
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