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SEA MOSS: How to Prepare, Flavor & Use Sea Moss Gel

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Today we chat about prepping Sea Moss… how to prepare, flavor and use sea moss gel in cooking, drinks and dessert-making. We share 5 recipes for making sea moss gel from dried and fresh seamoss, and tips for flavoring and eating your homemade gel for maximum enjoyment.

Sea moss, also known as irish moss and irish sea moss, is a popular red seaweed consumed for it’s health benefits. When pulverized and blended with water, sea moss naturally forms a gelatinous texture. A lesser known fact is that Carrageenan is derived from Sea Moss (Chondrus crispus), which when you understand carrageenan’s use as a gelatin-like thickener, suddenly explains why sea moss forms a gel when prepared. Aside from sea moss gel, you can consume sea moss in other ways, such as sea moss capsules. However, seamoss gel is by far the most common, and in this article we explain how to prepare sea moss gel for health or culinary purposes.

How Do You Make Sea Moss Gel?

There are many different ways for how to prepare and use sea moss gel in everyday recipes, and it does not take a lot of effort to make sea moss gel from both fresh and dried-out sea moss. When prepared properly, the gelatin can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. It can then be used to make smoothies, stews, sauces, as well as a number of excellent desserts. Turning sea moss into a gel is a great way to infuse this nutrient-rich seaweed into a wide variety of popular dishes. You can prepare sea moss gel from both dried as well as fresh moss – below are recipes for both.

DRIED SEA MOSS How to Prepare Seamoss Gel from Dried

Ingredients

  • 1 Part of Dried Sea Moss
  • 2 Parts of Water
  • Sweetener

Instructions

In order to make sea moss gel from dried sea moss follow these easy instructions.

  1. Start by rinsing out the dried sea moss in cold water to remove sand and debris.
  2. Soak the moss in a bowl of cold water overnight.
  3. This will reconstitute the dried sea moss.
  4. Drain out all of the water, but do not pat it dry.
  5. Instead, add the sea moss, sweetener, and water into a blender, then blend on high.
  6. After a few moments, the sea moss will turn into a gel-like consistency.
  7. Pour the sea moss gel into an airtight storage container.
  8. Place in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Allow the gel to rest overnight or preferably longer, as it needs quite a long time to set. By 24 hours, it should be quite thick.

The blender also makes a big difference. A high-speed blender will be such more effective at pulverizing the sea moss, and blending it with the water. If you use a low-speed blender, it is likely to still contain some pieces of sea moss, but should still gel ok – the texture just won’t be perfectly smooth.

FRESH SEA MOSS How to Prepare Seamoss Gel from Fresh

The steps of preparing sea moss gel using fresh moss, including homegrown sea moss, are fairly similar. It is important to ensure that the moss is thoroughly hydrated in order to turn it into a gelatin-like consistency.

Ingredients

  • 1 Part Fresh Sea Moss
  • 1 Part Water
  • Sweetener

Instructions

Just like preparing the dried sea moss, follow these simple instructions to prepare sea moss gel using freshly harvested moss.

  1. Thoroughly rinse out the sea moss using cold water, in order to remove any sand or debris.
  2. Place the sea moss into a bowl filled with water, and let it sit overnight to ensure that it is thoroughly hydrated.
  3. Because it is fresh sea moss, you will then need to drain it out and rinse it a second time before placing it in the blender.
  4. Add the fresh moss, water, and sweetener to the blender, and blend it on the highest setting until it reaches a gelatin-like consistency.
  5. Place the sea moss gel in an airtight storage container.
  6. The gel can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

For a video demonstration of sea moss how to prepare seamoss gel, have a look at this Sea Moss gel clip on YouTube:

How to Prepare Sweet Sea Moss Gel

If you plan on using your sea moss gel in a smoothie or dessert, then you need to sweeten it. Even when adding spices or herbs to your sea moss, you almost always need to add a little sweetener, but not as much. When making a sweet sea moss gel, there is no need to add any other flavoring to the gel. Here is a recipe for a sweet sea moss gel suitable for use in sweet drinks and desserts.

SWEET SEA MOSS How to Prepare Sweetened Gel for Desserts & Drinks

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Sea Moss Gel
  • 1-2 Tablespoons of Your Favorite Sweetener

Instructions

  1. Add your prepared gel and 1 tablespoon of sweetener to the blender.
  2. Blend on high until all of the sweeteners have been thoroughly incorporated into the sea moss.
  3. Taste test the gel and if needed, add another tablespoon of sweetener.
  4. Pour the gel into an airtight container.

You can store the sweetened sea moss gel in your fridge for 2 weeks.

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TIP Incorporate sweetened sea moss gel into any smoothie recipe. Sea moss gel is a thickener, and will help give the smoothie a thicker texture.

How to Flavor Sea Moss Gel

There are many great ways to flavor sea moss gel, depending on how you plan on using it in your recipes. For sauces and stews, you can add many different types of herbs and spices. And for desserts or smoothies, you can sweeten the sea moss gel.

What Does Sea Moss Taste Like Naturally?

What does sea moss taste like naturally? Sea moss has a unique and interesting flavor. When it is fresh, many consider it to have a briny taste because it has been harvested from the ocean. While the salty flavor is nevertheless mild, it still has that telltale oceanic flavor. Luckily, because the flavor is not overpowering, it is easy to mask that flavor by mixing it with spices, herbs, and sweeteners.

You might be wondering if you can you eat sea moss gel by itself? Of course, but whether it is palatable is up to you, and depends on how you feel about eating a cup of plain jello-like goop. Although mild, many people find the natural flavor a bit unpleasant, hence why it is usually flavored and sweetened.

How to Flavor Sea Moss Gel with Herbs

One of the most common ways of flavoring sea moss is to mix it with any number of popular herbs. Here is an easy recipe for flavoring sea moss gel with the herbs of your choice.

Ingredients

  • One Cup of Sea Moss Gel
  • 1 to 2 Tablespoons of the Herb of Your Choice
  • Optional Sweeteners Such as Maple Syrup or Honey

Instructions

The process of flavoring sea moss gel with your favorite herbs is simple and straightforward.

  1. Add the sea moss gel to your blender.
  2. Add your favorite chopped herbs.
  3. Blend the gel on high until the herbs are thoroughly incorporated.
  4. Taste test the sea moss gel and if needed add a sweetener such as maple syrup or honey.
  5. Pour the sea moss gel into an airtight container and placed it in the refrigerator.

How to Flavor Sea Moss Gel with Spices

Spices are another excellent way of flavoring sea moss gel. And the method to flavor the gel with spices is similar to that of herbs.

Ingredients

  • One Cup of Sea Moss Gel
  • 1 to 2 Tablespoons of Your Favorite Spices
  • Optional Sweeteners Such as Maple Syrup or Honey

Instructions

  1. Add your sea moss gel and spices to your blender as you did with the herbs.
  2. Makes on high until the spices are thoroughly incorporated into the gel.
  3. Taste test the sea moss and add a sweetener if needed.
  4. For your sea moss gel into an airtight container.
  5. The flavored gel can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

How to Eat Sea Moss Gel

There are many excellent recipes in which sea moss gel can be easily incorporated. Here are just a few of the most popular ways of using sea moss gel on a regular basis.

Popular Sea Moss Gel Uses

  • SMOOTHIE: You can make a smoothie using sea moss gel and your favorite fresh fruits.
  • THICKENER: The gel can be used in place of starch when preparing soups and stews.
  • SAUCES: It is an excellent base for making a wide variety of healthy dressings or sauces.
  • BAKING: You can add sea moss gel to all of your favorite baked goods including cakes, bread, and muffins. This is a good way to ‘hide’ the gel, if you or your family don’t enjoy it otherwise.
  • GELATINE REPLACEMENT: Like agar agar (gelidium), carrageenan and animal-derived gelatin, sea moss gel can be used to create ice cream, gelatin-based desserts, as well as pudding.
  • ENERGY BARS: You can also mix the gel with dried fruit, nuts, and other popular ingredients to create a nutritious and healthy energy bar.

Other Ideas for Sea Moss How to Prepare More Unusual Seamoss Gel Flavors

Other than herbs, spices, and traditional sweeteners as mentioned in the previous section, there are many different ways that you can flavor and use your sea moss gel. Here are just a few of the most popular options.

  • CITRUS: Add the zest or juice of a lime, grapefruit, lemon, or orange, in order to add a tangy flavor to the sea moss gel.
  • VANILLA: Mix in a few drops of vanilla extract to add that subtle flavor to the sea moss.
  • COCONUT: For a tropical twist, you can add either coconut milk or shredded coconut to the gel.
  • CHOCOLATE: If you cannot get enough chocolate, you can always mix in a little bit of cocoa powder to the sea moss gel.
  • NUT BUTTER: Butter made from cashews, peanuts, or almonds, is an excellent way to add that nutty flavor to your sea moss gel.
  • BERRY: There are plenty of different berries that can be added to the gel to give it a truly enjoyable fruity flavor.
  • TURMERIC: If you are looking for an earthier flavor, then add in a bit of turmeric powder. In doing this, you can also benefit from all the beautiful, natural health properties of turmeric at the same time, not to mention give your gel a cheerful yellow color.
  • MATCHA: For that green tea flavor, you can even add some matcha powder to your gel.
  • FRUITS: Fruit flavored sea moss gel is very popular. For tips on flavoring sea moss gel with fruit, check out this sea moss video on YouTube.

How to Store Sea Moss Gel

Unlike dried sea moss which can be stored for up to 2 years in an airtight container, see moss gel can only last for about 2 weeks in the refrigerator. In order to get the most out of your stored gel, here are some simple tips to follow.

  • Always make sure to store your prepared sea moss gel in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It can last up to 2 weeks when properly stored.
  • You can also freeze the sea moss gel in an ice cube tray, before transferring the frozen cubes to a freezer-safe bag. When frozen, sea moss gel can last for 6 months.
  • After thawing your frozen gel, even if you stir it, the sea moss gel will never regain the same consistency it had when freshly prepared.
  • Always make sure to label and date your gel before placing it in the refrigerator or freezer, so you know when to use it.
  • Always avoid contamination when preparing your sea moss gel, by using clean utensils and containers.

How Long Is Sea Moss Gel Good For?

To get the most out of your sea moss gel, it is important to store it properly. When stored in an airtight container and placed into the refrigerator, it will still be good for up to 2 weeks. When frozen in cube form, and placed in a sealed freezer bag, it can last up to 6 months. If you exceed these time frames, it is always best to throw out the batch of sea moss gel and create a new one.

Can You Freeze Sea Moss Gel?

While it is possible to freeze sea moss gel, the texture may never be the same as it is when freshly prepared. However, as long as you follow these simple steps, you will be able to prepare your gel in large batches and use it whenever you see fit.

  1. Before the sea moss gel has had the time to set, pour the liquid into an ice cube tray.
  2. Do not fill the compartments to the top, instead, only add enough gel to each compartment to fill it up about three-quarters.
  3. Cover the ice cube tray with aluminum foil and place it in the freezer.
  4. Let the gel set and freeze overnight.
  5. Once frozen, remove the gel cubes from the tray and placed them in a freezer-safe container.
  6. Label the date the cubes were created on the container, and placed into the freezer.
  7. Whenever you need some see moss gel, remove a few cubes from the container at a time.
  8. Place the cubes into a bowl, then place them into the refrigerator to thaw.
  9. As the gel begins to thaw out, stir it occasionally to make sure that it has not separated.
  10. The act of freezing the sea Moss gel changes its texture. Once frozen and thawed back out, the gel will have a grainy texture that may not be suitable for all recipes.

Final Thoughts on Sea Moss How to Prepare & Use

Now that you’ve reached the end of this epic article on how to prepare sea moss, you should have a pretty clear direction and hopefully some great inspiration for using and experimenting with your homemade sea moss gel. The sea moss gel recipes here are to be used as a guide or a base, open to your own flavor combinations and trials. Think of sea moss gel as a staple or a base, that can be molded (sometimes literally) in many different ways, like flour or sugar.

Comparatively, one of the closest things to sea moss gel is gelatin or agar agar, so for further culinary inspiration have a look around for recipes that use gelatin, and use that as a base for experimentation. As a chocolate-lover, I’m personally going to try my hand at making some sea moss chocolate mousse – I’ll share the recipe here if it’s a success… and if not, well then, let’s just forget that I mentioned it!

If sea moss is something you would like to incorporate into your diet more regularly, then you might like to consider trying to grow your own sea moss at home, using our instructions here. Yes, there are wild debates about the health benefits of wild-crafted vs pool-grown sea moss, but at least with homegrown you can still enjoy some of the benefits of sea moss from your own harvest and with minimal cost, sustainably without depleting the wild stocks of sea moss.

Happy seaweeding!