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Well, it's not paper thin-it's very stiff and about an eigth of an inch
thick. The package says kombu. Perhaps I should clarify that I cook my
beans all day in a crockpot, and I think that almost anything will
dissolve after 12 hours of slow cooking.

Charles wrote:
> Sorry Sandy but what they are selling is not regular Japanese Kombu.  It
> may be modified or processed in some way but the real stuff is hard and
> thick and even after cooking for a while doesn't dissolve.  If the
> sheets that you are buying are paper thin it sounds more like nori than
> Kombu.  Nori is the thin black seaweed used to wrap some kinds of sushi.