Welpac Dashi Kombu Dried Seaweed 4 oz
- 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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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!
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was making some dashi and saw this seaweed for such purpose. There is really not any directions on portion size to how much water is added to make dashi stock. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Martin W
Great value, I add this to my chili and it eliminates any associated gastro problems :-) this is a hard to find product so I was happy to see it on Amazon.Published 1 month ago by Shanyn Larson
It's a little too hard~ I have boiled it for over 15 minutes and it's still too hard to chew.
But it's good for losing weight :D