Kelp is classified as a Brown Algae, the seaweed group that generally boast the highest iodine content. Pacific Harvest prepares a range of exquisite kelp condiments designed to enhance both wellbeing and cooking experience. Very little salt (if any) is required when using them. The mineral concentration is such that Kelp tastes salty naturally, with a lot less sodium than salt. In Garlic Kelp Seasoning, kelp granules (61%) are mixed with natural extracts, garlic powder & pieces and various herbs and spices, making it a naturally tasty & nutritious condiment.
Because of its very high concentration in iodine and its leathery texture, Kelp does very well prepared as a seasoning. The grind is small enough to become tender when exposed to moisture from other food ingredients and it's easy to monitor the very small quantities required to meet RDI (recommended daily intake).
Our Kelp is wild-harvested sustainably from designated coastal areas in New Zealand and tested for contaminants.
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Garlic Kelp Seasoning can be used before, during or after cooking. Garlic Kelp is simply delicious on fresh avocado or as a salt alternative in guacamole. When blanching or steaming vegetables, season with a few drops of healthy oil and sprinkle with Garlic kelp as you would do with salt. Experiment with kelps as a way to make flavoured butters; see our version of garlic butter for this bruschetta recipe. Try combining the flavours of garlic & Chilli Kelp to give a Spanish twist to your dishes.
For best results add the flavoured seasonings at the end of the cooking when flavouring a stew or casserole dish as prolong cooking will weaken the natural flavours & destroy some of the vitamins. Alternatively, just use half the seasoning during cooking and add a bit more to the dish just before serving.
Because of its savoury ‘Umami’ taste – the fifth human taste – which subtly enhances other ingredients, it doubles as a flavour enhancer.
Kelp is a tenderiser for meat when used as a rub before cooking. The enzymes in the kelp work on the connective tissues between the meat fibres and break them down, thus making the meat softer.
Health & Nutrition
Kelp Seasonings are often used as a salt alternative for people wanting to maintain healthy iodine levels naturally and reduce sodium in their diet. The condiment contains all the naturally occurring nutrients present in kelp.
Flavoured Kelp Seasonings are slightly weaker in iodine than plain kelp because of the other ingredients present in the mixture.
Refer to the label for nutritional information and serving size.
Label & Warnings
Kelp is very high in iodine.
The NZ RDI (recommended daily intake) for iodine is 150mcg. Consume in small quantities to stay within the RDI for iodine. Some individuals are extremely sensitive to iodine, especially those with ‘seafood allergy’. A little bit too much in their diets and they begin to exhibit hyperthyroid signs and symptoms: nervousness, heart palpitations, sleeplessness, irritability and even iodine-induced goitre.
There is controversy over how much iodine one should consume, seek the help of a qualified health professional for personalised advice.