Soaking your seaweed: You will need to soak your dried seaweeds to soften them up. I recommend soaking the arame seaweed overnight, so it is nice and soft. The sea palm takes about 1 hour to soak. The kelp whip and dulse are a quick soak, just a minute or two. Kelp whip is not the same as kombu (thicker more dense kelp). You can use kombu however, but you will need to soak it overnight and cut it into thinner pieces. To soften the kelp noodles follow the instructions above.