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Welpac Dashi Kombu Dried Seaweed 4 oz

4.2 out of 5 stars 145 customer reviews
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About the Product
  • Kombu is rich in vitamins and minerals such as iodine. It also contains large quantities of potassium, which helps to reduce blood pressure
  • Kombu is the basic dashi ingredient
  • Product of Korea
  • Net Wt. 4 oz.
  • Cut off as large a piece as you need and wipe over with a dry cloth before using

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  • Welpac Dashi Kombu Dried Seaweed 4 oz
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  • Japanese Bonito Flakes 3.52 Ounces
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  • Hikari ORGANIC White Miso Paste - 1 tub, 17.6 oz
Total price: $21.76
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  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B00012OHZ6
  • UPC: 011152134079
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (145 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,054 in Grocery & Gourmet Food (See Top 100 in Grocery & Gourmet Food)

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Seaweed

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Kombu is a wonderful energizer, especially during the summer and in the cold and flu season.

Drop one strip into boiling water for 2 to 3 minutes, remove and cut into smaller pieces. Add to 6 cups of water, then add 12 teaspoons of shiro Miso (mild white miso), heat and stir until miso dissolves. Avoid boiling the ingredients. Add cubed tofu (soft is best), spinach or swiss chard cut into thin strips, shiitake mushrooms cut in thin strips and scallions thinly cut including the green part (reserve half for soup garnish). Heat, but do not boil, for about 10 minutes. Servie with a splash of soy sauce for a little extra flavor.

The Kombu has a very mild flavor and best if not overcooked or over softened. Great for vegans and better than chicken soup!

Enjoy !
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According to a scientific study of Japanese seaweed eaters, "When kombu is boiled in water for 15 minutes, it can lose up to 99% of its iodine content, while iodine in sargassum, a similar brown seaweed, loses around 40% [28,29]. Processed kelp is often boiled in dye for half an hour ("ao-kombu" or "kizami-kombu") before hanging to dry [21], a process which can reduce seaweed iodine content before it is consumed. When kelp is used to flavor soup stocks, the seaweed is often removed after boiling, resulting in soup stock high in iodine."

Many people avoid eating kombu because it contains way too much iodine. According to the Linus Pauling Institute, people with an extremely high iodine intake will substantially increase their risk of developing thyroid papillary cancer but substantially decrease their risk of developing thyroid follicular cancer. Thyroid papillary cancer is less aggressive and has a better prognosis than thyroid follicular cancer.

However, iodine, selenium, and zinc are the 3 antioxidant minerals in human nutrition. In my opinion, a high intake of these 3 beneficial antioxidant minerals might very likely slightly lower our risk of developing all cancers. Thyroid cancer is extremely rare. Even in Japan, where people eat a huge quantity of iodine from seaweed, only 1 man in 100,000 develops thyroid cancer and only 3 women in 100,000 develop thyroid cancer. Hiroshima and Nagasaki had the highest rates of thyroid cancer in Japan, not the northeast coast of Japan where seaweed consumption is extremely high.

Technically, "brown" seaweeds such as kombu (kelp), arame (kelp), limu moui (kelp), wakame, mozuku, and hijiki are not plants. Biologists have placed "brown" seaweeds under Kingdom Chromalveolata instead of Kingdom Plantae.
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I've recently been making a lot of Japanese-dishes, and many recipes call for Dashi stock. Dashi stock is basically made with kombu seaweed and bonito flakes. There is a big Asian market in town where I knew I could find the bonito flakes easily, but I wasn't too sure about the kombu.

I'm glad I bought this on Amazon, because when I went to the Asian supermarket, they did not have kombu. The price may seem a little high to some, but I'd say it's worth it. The picture Amazon gives the product makes the bag look small, but it's actually a pretty decent size. The pack I got had about 4½ big pieces of seaweed. You may think that's not a lot to last you very long, but a little bit of this seaweed goes a long way when cooking. The seaweed is nice and thick, so it's sure to add a good amount of flavor to whatever you are cooking it with. Also, the seaweed expands in size when put a piece of it into liquid.

the main purpose of kombu seaweed is to flavor things, like stock, sauces and steamed rice. I'm sure you could eat it, if the pieces were smaller, but there are other types of seaweed out there that are better suited to eating in soups and such.
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I don't know what other people use this for, but I put it in beans I am soaking and it really helps to expel the gasses. My daughter told me about it. I'm using it regularly now since my husband went on a vegan diet.
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Who would have thought that I would love this stuff! It adds flavor to rice and beans (and helps with the gassiness of beans) and any soup I make. I even toss in some with my quinoa and potatoes...anything! Go for it!
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This is an excellent quality of Kombu, the sheets are quite wide, yet soften easily when held under cold running water for a few moments, thus allowing the Kombu to be cut to size. I tried another brand of Kombu which was more than twice the price for the same quantity. The other, more expensive brand had no discernible appearance or taste difference from this Welpac Dashi Kombu. I eat a lot of Japanese Short-Grain Brown Rice, using it as Sushi rice, with the addition of Kombu, Sake, Salt, Sugar, and Rice Wine Vinegar. The difference in price between these two brands makes a lot of difference to my ability to enjoy more of my favorite rice mixture.

Someone mentioned that this Wel-Pac Kombu has been treated with some type of carcinogenic substance. After a great deal of research, I have been completely unable to substantiate that claim. I feel very comfortable enjoying this Kombu with my Organic rice, and organic, non-GMO Tofu. I have not been able to discover a trace of anything more than seaweed in this Kombu, as it should be. I recommend this product both for the quality, and the outstanding value that it represents when compared to other, less frugally priced brands of Kombu.
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