Caribbean seamoss is full of dietary fibers, and is low in lipid content with lots of macro-minerals (Na, K, Ca and Mg) and trace minerals (Fe, Zn, Cu, Se and I). It’s a super-useful ingredient for easily adding minerals and vitamins to a healthy diet and is especially good as a vegan ingredient or for vegetarian diet. Seamoss, or sometimes written sea moss, is simple to us and versatile for many recipes.
Trend-setting natural health practitioners encourage including seamoss and other seaweeds as part of a healthy diet. It is said to, among other things support
- a healthy thyroid system,
- improved immunity
- healthy digestive systems
- stronger joints, and healthy skin and nails
- reduced inflammation
- better hormonal balance
Gelatin Alternatives? Yes! Seamoss is one.
Yes of course, it makes a wonderful alternative to gelatin in many vegetarian and vegan recipes! It’s not a one-for-one substitute though, and being a completely natural product, you’ll have to use your best chef instincts and judge how much to use each time. Hey, err on the thick side and you can’t go wrong as it’s easy to dilute with more water or other liquids. With our no-heat method, you will see the moss is free of the sea taste that can affect your recipe. Our preparation method results in such a neutral taste you can easily afford to add a little extra of this wonderful, healthy ingredient.
We’ll show you how to ensure the benefits of your Caribbean seamoss are kept at their best by using our no-heat method to make seamoss gel. Once made, you can store the gel in your fridge for use within about a week, or you can freeze some in ice-cube trays so you can easily add to smoothie recipes, soups or desserts.
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How to prepare Caribbean seamoss without heat
Keep vital nutrients intact – Easy preparation to maximize healthiness!
- Bowl and cover
- Airtight containers
- 25 g Dried Caribbean Seamoss (We used 1/4 pack of Lina & Family Seamoss Delight from Saint Lucia)
- 2 whole limes (Fresh is best! But if you don’t have fresh, substitute 2 tablespoons bottled lime juice)
Take about 1/4 of the pack of seamoss and rinse until it can be pulled apart easily.
Squeeze half a lime into a bowl with sufficient water to cover the seamoss and continue to rub the seamoss together with lime rind to remove excess salts, then drain.
Squeeze half of a lime into water again and soak the seamoss for half an hour
Drain the soaked seamoss and rinse again under running water
Now put the seamoss in a container with a lid, fill with water and squeeze in another half lime and leave to soak overnight – about 12 hours.
The next day discard water and if you like, you can rinse the seamoss once more
Then in a blender add water and the seamoss in batches and blend until you have a smooth gel consistency = don’t overfill the blender!
Repeat this until all sea moss has been blended
Now you can use your lovely natural and healthy seamoss gel! Use 1 to 2 tablespoons in smoothies, soups, or tea. You can even just eat it as a quick rehydrating snack. Or add it to your beauty routine – apply as a face mask…Stay tuned as we’ll be posting seamoss recipes soon!
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