Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Jellyfish Alert

For years I've been eating jellyfish (another link), and recently I've been encouraging others to do so, arguing, slightly tongue-in-cheek, that if we don't start eating them, a lot of them, really soon, they're going to take over the world. To make matters worse, in the 1990s, it was found that some species of jellyfish are immortal. Unfortunately, there's a problem. The process generally used to prepare raw jellyfish for packing or consumption, a process necessary to prevent the jellyfish from dissolving into a big pile of goo, involves alum (potassium aluminum sulfate) and can leave non-trivial amounts of aluminum in the finished product. So: When you get raw, untreated jellyfish, and process and prepare it yourself without using alum, using some other alkalizing agent, all is well. Under other circumstances, I'm afraid that I can no longer recommend eating jellyfish.

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