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01-18-2008, 10:05 AM
ok....I see the great dessert. (From Cafe Gratitude) BUT, looking online at livingtree...$10.99 for 8 oz.??? :eek: How long will that last? How much of the bag do you use for that ONE dessert???!!! Not trying to be a cheap-o, but I can't afford to make 1 dessert that costs probably more than $20 when it's all said and done....is this the case? Thanks for your help.
01-18-2008, 11:38 AM
The recipe calls for 3/4 oz. Dividing that 8 oz pkg by .75 gives us 10 2/3 pies. Dividing $10.99 by 10 2/3 portions costs us $1.03 per pie. Not so bad...or is my math out? :o
01-18-2008, 01:20 PM
That sounds about right. I made a 16 oz. dessert this morning, sort of a mousse, and used a small portion of the small amount I soaked overnight and blended. I think one bag will go a very long way.
01-18-2008, 02:05 PM
I see on another thread that Cafe Gratitude soaks it in large amounts and keeps it in the fridge for a few weeks, always ready, using it as needed. That sounds wonderful-you could make things almost spur-of-the-moment then!
I would try to divide it up into portions and keep those soaked portions in the fridge. That would take a bit of the guess work out of how much to use!
Or - if you can measure out 3/4 of an ounce of it, then soak it and then measure out the soaked material, then you could just keep the whole thing in one container and just measure out that much when you need it.
Does that make sense?
01-18-2008, 04:59 PM
What is the function of irish moss in a dessert and what recipes ask for some? I've never seen irish moss, it's a marine algea right?
dread head vegan
01-18-2008, 05:53 PM
didn't know you could eat irish moss:D what does it tast like?
01-18-2008, 06:18 PM
I'm just wondering -- do you weigh the moss before soaking or after for the recipes?
01-18-2008, 07:00 PM
You weigh it after. There's a recent Irish moss thread with an e-mail from Cafe Gratitude explaining how to soak and measure it. I used it for the first time yesterday and it works great to thicken up smoothies, pie fillings, etc. If you rinse thoroughly and soak, the test shouldn't be detectable in your dish. You can't soak too small an amount because you have to blend it thorougly in the VitaMix after soaking it and it wouldn't work with a small amount. I made about 8 oz., used a small portion and put the rest in the fridge.
01-20-2008, 08:14 PM
OK...dumb question. HOW do you measure 3/4 oz. of soaked material? Doesn't the water really weigh it down? OR do you let it drain really well and THEN weigh it? Do you use a kitchen scale or what? NOW I'm REALLY confused!!:rolleyes:
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