How to make cochayuyo paper

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  1. fernandosaez

    fernandosaez

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    Hi all!

    Please help me. Cochauyuyo is a seaweed that is very common here in Chile. We use it plenty for cooking, I would like to make a sheet of paper from it just like they make Nori. 

    Here is a picture of how it comes in the supermarket when it's dry:

    http://www.buencampo.cl/sites/default/files/cochayuyo2.JPG

     know Nori is made just like paper, but have been unable to find any home recipies.

    What I tried:

    Put it in the blender, added some olive oil and then I put it between wax paper and used the iron till it dried. This didn't work because all the parts did not come together.

    I also tried leaving it out to dry naturally, this didn’t help either. I had a book on top of it so that it would be thin.

    I think I would have to make some type of paste to get this to work but I have no idea on how to go about it. Does anyone have any ideas that they can share?

    Thanks!
     
  2. kuan

    kuan Moderator Staff Member

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    Why did you use olive oil?  

    I have no idea how to do it but you might try using just water and make sure your break the starch granules so they stick together when they dry.
     
  3. phatch

    phatch Moderator Staff Member

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    use the water for the pressing and binding stage like Kuan said and then the oil comes on during the toasting stage so it doesn't stick.
     
  4. fernandosaez

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    I will try that thanks. Is there anything that you would recommend that would help it stick together?
     
  5. kuan

    kuan Moderator Staff Member

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    Maybe rice starch?
     
  6. fernandosaez

    fernandosaez

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    I'll try both ways tomorrow. To be honest, I have no idea how it will work but I'll post pictures. Thank you all for the ideas!
     
  7. chicagoterry

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    I'm a hand papermaker and I think making it into a strong enough paper to roll up like nori is going to be a much more complicated process than you think it is. It will require some special equipment that can be bought and/or made pretty inexpensively.

    That said, not all fibers will form the kind of hydrogen bonds needed to  hold together as paper. Plant fibers usually need to be cooked in an alkalai to break them down and soften them before being pulped and suspended in water to be scooped up and strained through a mould and deckle. Many plant fibers require the assistance of a chemical formation aid to make the kind of bonds that will hold together as paper.

    If you really want to work on it, I highly recommend one of Helen Hiebert's books on papermaking with plants.



     
  8. fernandosaez

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    Sorry, though I had done this. Thanks for all your help. I bought the book and I am now waiting for its arrival. Should take about a month. Thanks!