Kelp is the largest sea plant (sea "weed") that is likely to wash up on the shore, but there are no toxic sea plants so any seaweed can be eaten. Kelp and all seaweeds are rich sources of iodine, a mineral that is often scarce in people who live inland far from the sea. Kelp and other seaweeds can be added to soups or other foods to enrich their content of iodine and other minerals from the sea. Iodine evaporates in the air, so cook a liquid with seaweed in it slowly and with a cover. A covered crockpot is ideal.

You can buy dried kelp from a health food store, order it online or gather it for free from the shore, preferably after a storm that will have washed the kelp in from the deep ocean. Kelp is a flat, brown seaweed attached to the ocean floor by a cord (looks like a rope) and then a bunch of small finger-like growth that holds onto a rock. Kelp is part of the what makes French green clay green.

Kelp broth
Fill a slowcooker up with seaweed from the shore and cover with water. Slow cook for one or two days until you have a thick, brown liquid. Strain the seaweed out and put on garden soil as mulch. The liquid can be drunk as is or added to other soups or stews. This makes a good-tasting, mineral-rich broth. You may want to add some sea salt to it.

Replace chicken or beef stock with kelp stock, or add kelp strips to bone broth and simmer (about 5" strip per quart of broth) overnight. After cooking, chop up kelp and return to broth.

Tenderizing kelp to use in food
(This will contribute minerals including iodine and chlorophyll your food.)
Tenderize kelp by putting it in broth or water in a baked enamel saucepan and bring to a boil or lacto-fermenting it in kefir whey or leftover sauerkraut juice for 2-3 weeks. Chop into small pieces.

Kelp Broth with Fresh Kelp
1 6" piece of Kelp
1 medium onion, chopped
1 medium winter squash, cubed (about 1 quart)
1/3 cup parsley, chopped
Rinse kelp, remove and tiny shells attached to it..
Put kelp in a baked enamel saucepan, cover with water and simmer 10 minutes.
Turn off heat, remove kelp from pot and cut into small pieces.
Return pieces of kelp to pot with the onion and squash, add water to cover.
Simmer until squash is soft, 20 -30 minutes, or pressure cook 10-20 minutes on low pressure.
Garnish with cooked broccoli or kale [optional] and add a teaspoon of naturally fermented soy sauce [optional].

Kelp Broth with dried kelp
1/2 ounce of dried kelp (15 grams)
4 cups of water
Soak the dried kelp in water for 2 hours.
Put the kelp and water in a baked enamel saucepan or pot.
Turn on heat to low and allow it to simmer for several hours or very low (slow cooker) over night.
Pour the kelp and water through a sieve to remove the kelp with a strainer.
The remaining liquid is your kelp broth.The removed kelp can be used to cook in other recipes.

Seaweed salad
1/2 cup wild-caught fish
1/2 cup cooked brown rice
1 cup or 1 medium chopped cucumber
1/4 cup finely minced red onion

Mix together and add raw vinegar or lemon juice for salad dressing

Tenderizing kelp to use in food
(This will contribute minerals including iodine and chlorophyll your food.)
Tenderize kelp by putting it in broth or water in a baked enamel saucepan and bring to a boil or lacto-fermenting it in kefir whey or leftover sauerkraut juice for 2-3 weeks. Chop into small pieces.

Dandelion and kelp broth

Make a bone broth as usual, by putting bones in water and simmering or boiling
Add some kelp collected from the shore after a storm (hopefully it will have blown into shore by the winds and will have grown away from land )
Bring it to a boil and remove from heat.

Put some dandelion flowers into a soup bowl.
Pour the hot kelp broth onto the flowers
Add naturally fermented soy sauce and sea salt to taste.

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