There’s nothing more disappointing than discovering the sea moss you prepared has gone bad before you had the chance to use it all.
Chalk it up as a chance to learn from your mistakes. There are things you can do to make sure this doesn’t happen again.
In this article, you will learn how to keep your sea moss fresh for an extended amount of time so you can use this precious resource to stay healthy and nourished.
How long does dried Sea moss keep?
On average, dried sea moss will keep for 8 to 12 months year, depending on storage conditions, contamination, and water exposure. Storing your dried sea moss in a dry, dark, cool location goes a long way to ensure it stays fresh longer.
How long does Sea moss Gel last?
Sea moss gel, whether homemade or store-bought will last up to one month if refrigerated. After a month, mold and other bacteria may begin to form in sea moss gel, so it should not be consumed.
Because sea moss gel is made with water, it is much more susceptible to mold and other contaminants, even when refrigerated.
To avoid waste, make sure you only make what you can safely consume within a month’s time. If you purchased premade sea moss gel, it will keep for up to 12 months. Once the seal is broken however, it will last around one month.
How long does Sea moss Gel last unrefrigerated?
Because sea moss gel is a combination of water and sea plants, it will not last long if left unrefrigerated. Don’t leave it sitting out more than 12-24 hours.
The best rule of thumb is to always refrigerate your sea moss gel right away after you make it to prevent spoilage.
If you make a mistake and leave it sitting on the counter for a few hours, it should be fine as long as it is a cool room. However, if you leave it out overnight accidentally, you may need to throw it out.
How long does Sea moss Gel last frozen?
Frozen sea moss gel will last up to three months. However, some manufacturers state that it can last up to six months frozen. The length of time sea moss will last when frozen varies and depends on the container used, how sterile the container is, how much contamination it was exposed to, and the temperature in the freezer.
12 Best Hacks to Store and Preserve Sea Moss So It Stays Fresher, Longer
If you’ve ever wondered how you can extend the shelf life of your sea moss, make sure to read the hacks below so you can keep it fresh as long as possible.
Remember, fresh sea moss is higher in nutrients and will benefit your body better. Here are 12 genius hacks to keep your sea moss fresh for longer.
1. Only make what you can use in a month.
There is no need to make a lot of sea moss gel. The average person needs only two tablespoons of sea moss gel per day. Since sea moss gel only lasts in the refrigerator around one month, this comes to around 3.75 cups.
When you are making sea moss gel, try to aim for just under four cups of sea moss gel at the end of the process. If you are using it every day as directed, you will not waste any at the end of a month by sticking to this measurement.
One to two ounces of dried sea moss will give you what you need to make this amount of sea moss each month.
2. Use purified, filtered or spring water to make sea moss gel.
Not all water is created equal. Look for pure spring water to prevent contamination of your sea moss gel. In the absence of spring water, sterile, filtered, or boiled water is a good alternative.
Clean water is your best bet to ensure your sea moss gel stays fresh for the longest amount of time possible. Avoid using tap water to make sea moss gel, as it can contain fluoride, impurities and other substances.
3. Keep your refrigerator set to the optimal temperature.
Most refrigerators allow you to adjust the temperature setting. If your refrigerator allows this, set it to approximately 37 degrees Fahrenheit (37F) to keep your sea moss gel-and all other groceries- as fresh as they can be for as long as possible.
This temperature is perfect because it is very cool, yet doesn’t allow for the formation of ice crystals either.
4. Freeze your Sea moss gel to extend its shelf life.
Sea moss gel will easily last three months frozen. While some manufacturers state that their sea moss gel will last in the freezer up to six months, it does last longer.
One very useful way to freeze sea moss gel is to pour it into ice cube trays and freeze this overnight. The next day, pop them out of the molds and store these in a freezer bag.
Make sure to label the bag with the date you made the sea moss. Ice cube-sized servings are perfect for your daily needs and thaw very fast.
5. Can your Sea moss Gel to extend the shelf life up to 18 months.
Canning is a process that requires the right jars and tools, a sterile environment, and pressurized heat. If you prepare sea moss gel by canning it, make sure the jars sealed well.
Unless you have extensive canning experience, you should not attempt this.
To keep sea moss gel fresh as long as possible, can them and thereafter, store the canned sea moss in the refrigerator. Although it should technically be fine sitting out at room temperature as well.
Once the seal is broken, use it within one month and keep it refrigerated.
6. Avoid contamination by using clean utensils/hands.
Contamination is most often the reason why mold and other bacteria start taking over. Contamination occurs when you do not used sterile materials, such as a sterile glass jar to store your sea moss gel.
It also occurs when you reach your hand in a bag to get dried sea moss out for making gel.
If you don’t wash your hands first (and dry them very well before reaching in) you can introduce all kinds of bacteria to your sea moss.
So the next time you reach in to grab sea moss, make sure your hands are very clean and dry. Sterilize the jar and lid you use to store your sea moss gel by boiling some water in a pot on the stove and placing the jar and lid inside for several minutes.
Grab it out of the pot with tongs and place it somewhere to dry until you need it.
7. Keep jars airtight to prevent contamination.
Whether you are storing dry sea moss or sea moss gel, you want to make sure your jar or bag has a seal. Leaving your jar or bag out in the open air will cause it to go bad faster.
For sea moss gel, use the lid that comes with the jar and seals tightly. For dry sea moss in bags, press all the excess air from the package and seal it well.
This helps protect your sea moss from all kinds of contaminants so it will last longer.
8. Silica packets can help.
You may have noticed that some of your food products (especially powdered substances) come with a little bag inside. This is a silica packet.
Silica packets absorb excess moisture that can lead to mold and other issues with a product. You can buy silica packets online to add to your dried sea moss preparations, but only purchase food grade silica packets.
9. Use Oxygen packets.
Another product that helps to extend shelf life is an oxygen packet. These little packets look a lot like silica packets, but instead of working to suck out excess moisture, they work to rid the container of oxygen that can lead to spoilage.
Some pathogens that contaminate products rely on an oxygenated environment to thrive. Eliminating the oxygen from the environment with these packets helps keep these pathogens from ruining your product. Add these to dried sea moss products.
10. Maintain a dark environment and consistent temperatures for dry storage.
Ultra violet rays from sunlight damage all kinds of substances and this includes sea moss. Direct sunlight also harms the potency of a product. Keep all dry sea moss products in a dark place.
A cabinet with doors makes the perfect storage place for dried sea moss products, as long as the temperature is consistent in the cabinet as well.
Fluctuating temperatures in a room can damage sea moss and also lead to spoilage faster.
11. Avoid water exposure for dried sea moss:
Water is one of the leading causes of mold contamination for many dry products. Keep your dry sea moss products in an area with stable temperatures and low humidity.
Before handling dried sea moss, whether it is capsules, raw sea moss, or powdered sea moss, make sure your hands are not only clean, but dried off well.
It is possible to get the most out of your sea moss, no matter whether you are using sea moss gel, dried sea moss powder, sea moss capsules, or raw sea moss.
Following the suggestions in this article will help ensure your sea moss is always as fresh as possible, potent, and nutrient-dense.
12. wrap with Paper Towel and reseal.
For sea moss that has been opened, first of all wrap the remainder in a paper towel, then store in an air-tight container.
You can keep this container to sit on the pantry shelf or store in the refrigerator.
Sea moss is a great source of minerals and antioxidants. It also happens to be one of the best “superfoods” on the planet. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to keep sea moss fresh for longer than a month.
In this article, we’ve shared 12 genius hacks to help you keep your sea moss fresh for longer. We hope you find them helpful.
If you have any hacks you’ve used to preserve sea moss for longer, let us know in the comments.