How To Rehydrate Dried Sea Cucumber
Dried sea cucumber, one of the four seafood delicacies in Chinese cuisine, is prized for its many healing properties. To prepare dried sea cucumber for consumption, it must be reconstituted and thoroughly cleaned inside and out before use. Remove the tough skin, if any.
Soak sea cucumber in water for at least 12 hours. Clean well both inside and out.
This method will result in a smaller and denser sea cucumber. If you are considering adding it as a soup ingredient, the sea cucumber will continue to expand as your soup boils.
Boil & Soak Method
By soaking the sea cucumber longer in various water temperatures, it softens to a texture that is more pleasant to the palate. The reconstituted sea cucumber will expand in size considerably. By using the boil and soak method, the sea cucumber achieves its optimal texture and may be used for braising, stir frying, or soups.
During this process, check the sea cucumber several times by squeezing the center to ensure you are achieving the desired texture.
1. Place the sea cucumbers in a pot of water over a stove top. Bring the water to a boil, reduce heat and simmer on medium-low for about 20 mins.
2. Turn the heat off and cover the pot. Let the sea cucumbers soak for up to 12 hours or overnight in the pot, allowing the liquid to cool down to room temperature.
3. After 12 hours, drain the water and give the sea cucumbers a good rinse under fresh water (clean the outside and inside thoroughly). Place the sea cucumber in a bowl of fresh water and place inside the refrigerator 1-2 days and change the water daily.
Check on the consistency by squeezing the center of the sea cucumber. It will be ready to use when the center is the texture of soft rubber and the surface is slippery and slimy.
Your dried sea cucumber is ready for use!
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- Sophia Tsao