Researchers in Denmark have developed a new and quick method of preparing jellyfish as food.

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The common jellyfish (Aurelia aurita)

Jellyfish could potentially be a major food source since there are so many of them. This, according to researcher at the University of Southern Denmark, Denmark, who has developed a new method for arranging the jellyfish.

These gorgeous sea creatures have been eaten for thousands of years in Asia. However, the jellyfish are dried in different steps with salts in a process that takes about a month.

In the new Danish method, ethanol is used, which will then evaporate. Making the process much faster, reducing several months of preparation to just a few days.

For those who don’t like the traditional rubbery consistency, the new method may also prove advantages as it makes the jellyfish more crispy. The end product is actually very similar to potato chips.

The researchers used the common jellyfish (Aurelia aurita) in their study, usually about 25–40 cm (10–16 in) in diameter, it feeds by collecting medusae, plankton, and mollusks with its tentacles, and bringing them into its body for digestion. It is capable of only limited motion, and drifts with the current, even when swimming.


M.T. Pedersen et al. On the gastrophysics of jellyfish preparation. International Journal of Gastronomy and Food Science July 27, 2017. DOI: 10.1016 / j.ijgfs.2017.04.001