Toasted Nori Seaweed Crisps

2 oz. ‘Wild Atlanti Nori’
1/4 cup Canola oil
1/4 cup Brown rice syrup
Sea salt
1 Pinch cayenne (optional)
1 1/2 cup White sesame seeds

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325
  2. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Lay out the Nori in a single layer on parchment paper.
  3. In a small bowl or measuring cup, thoroughly whisk together the oil, ric syrup, salt, (and cayenne if using).
  4. Using a pastry brush, generously coat the top of eack piece of nori with the syrup mixture.
  5. When you’ve coated the top surface of all the nori, sprinkle with the sesame seeds and salt.
  6. Toast in oven 5 mins, until the seeds are light brown.
  7. Re-whisk the syrup mixture. When the Nori has cooled enough to handle, toss gently and brush with mixture again. And sprinkle again with seeds and salt. Return to oven for 5 mins.
  8. Remove it from the oven and let cool completely. Store into airtight container.
  9. If it absorbs moisture from the air, toast it gently in a 200 degree oven for 2-3 mins. And cool.

Blueberry Seaweed Salad Recipe

Running short on time? Enjoy this quick and easy salad recipe.

1/2 Cup Olive oil
1/4 Cup Raspberry infused balsamic vinegar
1 1/2 tsp. Dijon Mustard
1 tsp. Sugar
1/4 tsp. Sea Salt
1 tbsp. Kombu Flakes
8 oz. Fresh Baby spinach
4 oz. Feta or goat cheese
1 Cup Fresh Blueberries
1/2 Cup Sunflower seeds

Directions: In a medium bow,l whisk together the Olive oil, Balsamic Vinegar, mustard, sugar, and salt and Kombu. Combine the spinach, blueberries, cheese and sunflower seeds in a large bowl and toss well with the dressing.

How to do your own Maine Lobster Bake

Every summer people gather around the grill, toss on a few hot dogs and burgers, and enjoy the sunshine. I say mix it up! Do something different that is just as satisfying. Throw your own Maine Lobster Bake!

A lobster bake is a relatively easy thing to do, but the key is to use fresh Maine seaweed. When using fresh seaweed, the water pockets will burst keeping everything moist and adding natural salt to the food. I recommend picking up a clambake cooking system from backyardbakes.com to keep things easy, but you can achieve similar results using the method below.  Use the following recipe for a traditional Maine lobster and clam bake. Enjoy!

Recipe

Ingredients

(SERVES 6-8)
6-8 LBS. CLAMS
6-8 LOBSTERS (1 1/4 LBS. EACH)
6-8 EARS OF CORN
1/2 DOZEN EGGS
**ROCKWEED SEAWEED
MELTED BUTTER

Required Items

Cement blocks or rocks
Metal Trash Can with lid (cleaned)
Small stones for bottom of trash can

  1. Prepare fireplace using cement blocks or rocks. A metal trash can with cover, lined with approximately 2 inches of stone, provides for a simple and convenient means of preparing a small 6-8 person Downeast Bake.
  2. With an abundant supply of dry wood, start the fire and establish a good base of hot coals.
  3. Cover stones in bottom of container with salt water (sea water or salted fresh water).
  4. Cover with 3 inches of fresh seaweed. Cover with fresh clams, which have been washed in cold water and wrapped in cheesecloth or an onion bag. Allow 1 lb. of clams per person.
  5. Cover with seaweed. Add 6-8 lobsters and cover with seaweed.
  6. Before adding corn, carefully pull back husk and remove silk! Fold back a couple of layers of husk. Add to bake and cover with seaweed.
  7. Lay eggs on top, place cover on container; weight with rock if loose fitting.
  8. Place container over fire and cook for 50 minutes after steam starts coming out from under the cover.
  9. Have melted butter, lemon, salt, chips, beer, and appetite ready when bake is opened up. Gently open container, being careful of steam, check eggs, one at a time, to see if they are hard boiled. If so, all under layers are cooked!

Comments: Do not pack any of the layers tightly as this will prevent the steam from circulating freely. For larger bakes, a 3-foot to 4-foot square steel plate (3/8-inch to 1/2-inch thick) would be required. This is set on cement blocks and food added before starting the fire. Layering of food should be accomplished as described above, and then covered with a canvas tarp or aluminum foil to contain the steam. Cooking time is, again, 50 minutes after steam is up.

Caution: If additional water is needed, pour in along side of container or directly onto the steel plate. Do not pour over top of bake as this will cause “cool down” and prevent or delay cooking.

** We recommend 20 lbs. for a small bake and 40 lbs. for a larger bake.
(Please add used seaweed in your compost pile!)

Use kelp meal seaweed fertilizer for better grass

This past winter, although mild in our area, destroyed my lawn.  I waited for the snow to melt to assess the damage. Sure enough my lush green lawn from the previous year lay flat, brown, and in a dead mesh. I set my mind on getting that green grass back for this year and many more to come.

Our home is on a well and anything I add to the soil can seep back into the drinking water. Now that we are expecting new baby I am cautious of what my family consumes. Kelp meal is an all natural product with no additives, so I knew it was safe.

Below are the steps I took to get my yard back on track for this summer. Please note that any suggestions may need to be adjusted for your particular area.

The Cleanup

The first step in getting your grass back on track for the year is to remove dead grass. Dead grass blocks sunlight and creates a mesh that will prevent new seeds and fertilizers from reaching the soil. Dust off your lawn rake and spend some time pulling up the dead grass. You don’t need to get everything, but you should get enough pulled up to allow the sunlight to get to the soil.

Laying down the seed and fertilizer

Do yourself a favor and buy a seed spreader. I bought a nice adjustable push fertilizer/seed spreader from a local hardware store for roughly $50, and it was the best investment I could have made.  My yard also needed to be reseeded to fill in the bare spots so I picked up a bag of lawn seed.

If you are re-seeding areas of your lawn, it’s best to run a rake over the area to break up the soil. Seeds have a hard time penetrating packed soil, and water will force the seed deeper into the loose material giving it a better chance to take root. Start with the seed if you plan on re-seeding otherwise move right on to the kelp meal.

Spread the material evenly spacing each pass roughly 3-4 feet apart. The spreader should distribute the material evenly, but watch how far the spreader is sending the product and adjust the space between your passes to ensure even distribution.

It is important to watch the forecast to know what the chance of rain is for your area. I suggest a  light watering right after you spread the product if rain is in the forecast as this will help the nutrients seep into the soil and the seeds will have a chance to set. If no rain is forecast and it is a hot day, water the grass until the soil is wet, but try to avoid puddles.

The six inch rule ensures your lawn has enough water for the day.  Water until the soil is moist six inches into the ground. Too much water can drown your lawn.

Water your grass every morning on the days that no rain is forecast following the six inch rule mentioned above. If it has been raining for a few days I would suggest allowing the soil to dry for a few days before proceeding with your watering routine.

You may over the new seed with hay to retain moisture and protect the new seeds from animals. Peat moss can also be used, and has better water retention. I did neither, but would recommend this if you live in a hot, dry area.

You should start to see grass push through the soil within 1-2 weeks and should have a nice lawn within a month or two. A well watered lawn is vital, so be sure to stay up with your watering routine.

Why Kelp Meal

As with any plant from the sea, seaweed absorbs the nutrients from the ocean. This makes seaweed one of the most nutritious plants in the world, and that nutrients helps to spark  good plant growth when added to the soil. As the kelp meal breaks down it releases its nutrients into the soil, but it is done over time, ensuring the plants are in nutritious soil for longer periods of time.

We recommend using kelp meal on your lawns in early spring and in early fall just as the climate starts to change. Doing so will allow the nutrients to reach the soil helping to build the soil for the next year.

In a follow up post I will go over using VitaminSea’s Liquid Seaweed and Fish Fertilizer as a monthly fertilizer to give it the push it needs to make it through the hot, dry months.

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Also consider adding kelp meal to your garden. See all the benefits of adding kelp meal to your garden.

Seaweed Salad

Fresh Seaweed Salad

Fred R. Conrad/The New York Times

1 ounce dried red dulse seaweed
1 ounce dried green wakame seaweed
1 small carrot, peeled and sliced paper-thin
4 red radishes, thinly sliced
2 ounces daikon radish, peeled and thinly sliced
1 small cucumber, peeled and thinly sliced
1 firm-ripe avocado
1 teaspoon toasted white sesame seeds
1 teaspoon toasted black sesame seeds
2 teaspoons toasted pumpkin seeds
4 green onions, slivered

[Dressing]

2 tablespoons rice-wine vinegar
2 teaspoons sugar
2 teaspoons grated ginger
1/2 teaspoon wasabi powder
2 teaspoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon roasted sesame oil
Juice of 1 lime
Sea salt, to taste

Start by rehydrating the seaweed. Submerge the dulse and wakame in cold water and leave for 10 minutes. While you wait for the seaweed, prepare your vegetables. Thin slices create a more elegant salad, but prepare your vegetables as you like. The seaweed should be drained and towel dried when softened.

Combine the rice vinegar, sugar, ginger, wasabi powder, soy sauce and sesame oil to create a nice dressing. We recommend using a whisk, but a fork makes quick work as well.

Pour half of the dressing and all of the lime juice over the seaweed, toss, and taste. Salt can be added if necessary. Add the various vegetables to the salad the drizzle with the remaining dressing. Finally sprinkle the seeds and green onions and enjoy!

Recipe from the April 2012 edition of the New York Times. Visit the following link for the full recipe.  http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/18/dining/seaweed-salad-recipe.html?_r=1&ref=dining

Seaweed used to help treat heart attacks

Seaweed has already started to impact the world we live in. As gas prices continue to rise, some companies have started to use seaweed as a possible fuel source to replace the dwindling fossil fuel supply. That is just one of the many uses of seaweed that we are just beginning to uncover. One more remarkable story is that of Pauline Fulton, an Austrailian grandmother who was recently the first patient in the world to under-go experimental heart attack treatment.

In 30 minutes Dr. William van Gaal injected a seaweed based solution that would congeal in the heart giving much needed support to the already weakened muscles. The gel would completely dissolve over the following weeks, giving the heart time to recover. The dissolved material is filtered through the kidneys, leaving nothing behind that could interfere with the body in the future.

Although Fulton was the first in the world to have this type of treatment, more than 300 patients worldwide will join her. This treatment will increase heart attack survival rates drastically compared to current treatment methods. Seaweed continues to amaze us all, and certainly now has a special place in many of our hearts.

Read the full article at FoxNews.com.

Seaweed Detox Bath Benefits

There has been a lot of hype in the media recently around the benefits of a detoxification routine. This past week Dr. Oz, once again, praised the benefits of seaweed as part of your regular health regime and as a simple detox solution. You may see the video here: http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/simple-detox-solutions-your-busy-life

To remain healthy on the inside and look youthful on the outside, it is very important to supply your body with all the minerals, vitamins, and amino acids it needs for the cells and body systems to function properly. Since your skin acts as a sponge for the absorption of nutrients and the elimination of toxins for improved health, and a more youthful appearance, bringing seaweed into your home bath, you will create a mini ocean of enhancing vitamins and minerals, amino acids, and antioxidants that will brighten and revitalize your skin.

Both brown seaweed and dulse, when added to your diet, have been reported to actually shorten the phase in which cells replace themselves, which means when they are used regularly, they can repair damage to the skin’s barrier, slow the aging process (and wrinkle formation), and promote faster healing. Seaweed strengthens skin, hair, nails, and improves and restores skin tone and vitality.

The brown seaweed, bladderwrack, is especially cleansing, as it will flush out toxins, help control cellulite, and together with hydrotherapy, stimulate the lymphatic system and revitalize the metabolism. Because seaweed also has an alkalizing effect, it promotes overall youthfulness.

According to holistic doctors, both the sea and seaweed are shown to build resistance to disease and to repair damaged tissues by regulating the acid/alkaline balance in the blood and tissues. Visit the VitaminSea Seaweed online store to buy seaweed detox bath kits.

How Seaweed Can Improve Your Pet’s Skin and Coat

As a lifelong Bulldog owner, I have spent thousands of dollars on allergists, shampoos, conditioners, antibiotics, high protein diets, low protein diets and the like for my dogs. We were told last year that our current bulldog, Moe had severe skin allergies to mammal proteins, grass and dirt. Living in Maine, we spend as much time outside as we possibly can and limiting Moe’s exposure to grass and dirt was simply not realistic. I did not want to give him daily antihistamines or medication that could harm his organs in the long run. So, we set out on a search for a natural remedy that would help ease his symptoms and reduce his shedding, itching and breaking out. After many products and failed attempts, I came across this article on the benefits of a kelp diets for dogs:   http://therealowner.com/dogs/the-benefits-of-kelp-seaweed-powder-for-dogs/

Moe Before VitaminSea Skin & Coat Blend

 

Moe After VitaminSea Skin & Coat Blend

I tried VitaminSea’s Skin and Coat seaweed supplement and was amazed at the results! We sprinkle ¼ of a teaspoon on Moe’s dry food once a day and his itchiness has stopped, shedding has been greatly reduced and his breakouts have stopped. Not only does a seaweed supplement for your dog or cat help with the issues that Moe was having, but it can also help with:

  • Brighter eyes
  • Higher resistance to infections
  • Increased healing from injuries
  • Influences proper thyroid function
  • Improves digestion
  • Fewer parasites
  • Reduces stress
  • Calmer temperaments
  • Increases stamina
  • Reduces allergy symptoms
  • Reduces shedding
  • Reduces build up of plaque and tarter
  • Boosts immune system
  • Improves reproductive performance
  • Improves growth rate

Seaweed contains so many crucial components for a good pet nutrition and development. Flaxseed and Fish Meal add rich Omega3s and Omega6s to promote healthy skin and coats. Try VitaminSea Pet Skin and Coat blend to minimize skin conditions including dry skin on dogs and cats. We only wish we had found it years ago!

 

Using kelp meal fertilizer

As spring slowly rolls in, many people start getting the urge to prep their garden and yard for a long, delightful summer. We strive to grow perfect vegetables by adding fertilizers and chemicals to our soil which yield decent results. These fertilizers are a complex blend, yet still fall short to the nutritional value that kelp meal fertilizer can add to your soil.

Kelp meal fertilizer packs more than 60 minerals and elements vital for optimum plant development. You get larger vegetables, healthier plants, and revitalized soil when kelp meal is used annually. This is an all natural alternative to manufactured fertilizers and chemicals.

So you may want to make the switch to kelp meal fertilizer, but do not want any extra labor involved to your already arduous task ahead. Truth be told, adding kelp meal to your garden is simple. In early spring or fall, mix with your soil prior to transplanting, or top coat existing plants and let the nutrients seep into the soil every time you water your plant.

You can easily changed to an all natural fertilizer with little to no extra work. Try our kelp meal fertilizer in your garden this year and see the difference for yourself!

What are the benefits of seaweed?

Many people were shocked to hear that seaweed may be the next big thing. But here at VitaminSea Seaweed, we have known about the benefits of seaweed for a long time. Consider the healing benefits that the ocean provides for so many ailments. The ocean is packed full of vitamins and micro-nutrients, and all of these are absorbed by seaweed making it one of the healthiest plants in the world! The healing properties and benefits of seaweed are astonishing!

According to Dr. Oz, various types of edible seaweeds (also known as sea vegetables) have different healing properties. Believe it or not, Wild Atlantic Nori is a natural acne fighter and does wonders for your skin. Besides containing omega-3’s, Nori boosts the natural oil production in your skin which is particularly helpful in dry winter months.

Wakame, which is often used in miso soups, helps to reduce any bloating that may occur due to water in the body. Besides the benefit of reduced water retention, wakame is a great source of calcium and magnesium; perfect for women who may be at risk for osteoporosis.

Kombu is an excellent source of iodine, and since our body does not naturally produce iodine, it must be available through the food we eat. Why not get your iodine from a natural source, rather than the manufactured iodized table salt?

As you can see, seaweed can help with many ailments stretching from skin conditions to thyroid deficiencies. For meal ideas read the full article at doctoroz.com.

Did you know that seaweed can also help you shed pounds before the summer? Read the article on adding seaweed to your diet.