Kombu is a kind of algae that is related to the family Laminariaceae. It is mostly eaten in East Asia. There are so many different types of Kombu. Some are, Ma kombu, Rishiri Kombu, Hidaka Kombu, Rausu Kombu. Kombu gives Kombu stock to the body. It is the form of Kelp but not the biggest Kelp which is found in Europe.
The Japanese use Kombu in food products, especially for making soup. Kombu also contains iodine which is very useful for thyroid glands. Moreover, Kombu also contains iron, calcium, and vitamins A and C. It also reduces blood cholesterol and hypertension.
How to Store Kombu
It’s very important to store Kombu. The main products of storing Kombu are starch, Carbohydrates, and Glucose. For this purpose, we have different methods to store it, such as in the refrigerator, in a container, placing it away from sunlight, in a glass jar, in a bucket, in a plastic bag. We will go to discuss all these methods in detail.
Storing In Refrigerator
Refrigerator is the main source for food products to keep for a long period. First of all, put Kombu in an airtight container, then place them in the refrigerator. They can be stored in it for about three days.
We can store Kombu by wrapping it in airtight bags or containers not to spoil earlier. Wrap it with the help of aluminum foil.
Storing In Containers
We can store Kombu in a dark place like in containers to become useful after some days. Containers should be filled with half of the water, and deep containers are much better than narrow containers.
Away From Sunlight
We can also store dried Kombu by keeping it away from sunlight and moisture to last for few years. It is necessary to keep it away from sunlight because many bacteria produce themselves with oxygen and carbon dioxide.
In A Plastic Bottle Or Plastic Bags
A polythene bottle or a Plastic bag is a type of container which are thin and flexible. These are an easy source of breeding algae, so that we can easily store Kombu in these bags. And this is a very convenient method of storing Kombu and other algae. We can store Kombu in a glass jar as well. Fill the glass jar with water and store it in it.
Can You Freeze Kombu
Yes, you can freeze Kombu. It’s very convenient and easy to freeze. For this purpose, first of all, cut the hard part of Kombu then put it in the freezer at a maximum temperature of about – 18 degrees Celsius. We may set it at about -195 degrees Celsius for freezing Kombu in a Cryogenic Tank.
With the help of deep-freezing, it may last for about one year. We can also freeze Kombu by using liquid nitrogen. For this purpose, we should have liquid nitrogen to add to Kombu and then keep it in the freezer.
How Long Does Kombu Last
Your Kombu can last depend on its condition and the environment in which it is kept. Normally it can last for many days provided the suitable temperature and conditions. If it is kept in the refrigerator in the plastic bag and airtight containers, it can retain its life and freshness as well for about three days.
On the other hand, Kombu in the freezer may last for about two weeks. But if you want to last it for a very long period, professional deep freezing would be very suitable. As mentioned in the previous section, the constant, very low temperature, the deep-freezing method can last your Kombu for as long as up to one year.
But keep in mind that it may start to change its flavor after one year. So it is suggested to consume it before that.
How To Tell If Kombu Is Bad
Everything on your shelf is prone to get expired. All the food items have their due date after which it loses its taste and later on it gets spoil. Your Kombu is a form of algae that can also worsen after a specific time or under certain circumstances. Read through the article to know more about the methods, which will tell you if your Kombu is bad or still able to consume.
- Smell: Its smell is smoky when it is fresh, but it changes its smell from smoky to sweet when it has gone bad. Do not use that Kombu now, as it can affect badly on your stomach.
- Texture: A spoiled kombu will start growing a thin white layered film on its edges, which indicates that now your Kombu is not able to use.
- Stickiness: As you touch Kombu, you will notice a feeling of stickiness. Normally that stickiness is not present on the skin of Kombu. The spoiled Kombu starts losing its water and becomes sticky.