Originally Posted by TONY COULSON
I live by the shore and sometimes collect seaweed to use in cooking. My intention is to make the seaweed into flakes however the tough kelp will not break down. Have tried blenders, coffee grinders but no luck. Anyone with any ideas?
We collect a variety of seaweeds locally. One being bull kelp.
Winter time is when we do our collecting.
Are you just trying to use the fronds? Forget about the stalk.
We cut the fresh kelp into small pieces about the size of a quarter. Then we put them in the food dehydrator until the pieces are completely dry and shriveled up.
Then into the food processor a bit at a time. This easily makes the kelp into a coarse powder.
We ALWAYS put the coarse powder through a sieve. It's surprising what gets separated out. Most small rocks. Not good for the teeth.
I often make dashi using the kelp and bonito flakes.
Seaweed is great in so many dishes.