Saturday, January 11, 2014

Kim-Chi (again)


Okay. So this is one of those recipes that I've either posted multiple times or offered different variations of it. It's just so delicious and so good for you and so easy to make that I feel I have to post it again. All you have to do is mix the ingredients together and wait (seriously, that's it). The images are the recipe that I made today...now I wait (luckily I still have some from a previous batch to carry me until this one is ready). Anyhow, the basic recipe is below but if you want additional recipes or to read background material on fermented foods please read this article I wrote some time ago.

Kim Chi
(Korean-Style Sauerkraut) 

1 head Napa cabbage, cut into two-inch pieces
1 small daikon, grated
2 tablespoons kosher salt
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 small piece ginger, minced
1 small onion, minced
2 tablespoons chili paste
1 tablespoon sugar

Mix all of the ingredients together in a large bowl. Transfer to a container that is wide enough to fit a few small plates inside it. Press the cabbage down and weight it with plates. Cover the container and leave at room temperature. After a day it should release enough liquid that it is submerged, if not, add a little salted water. After about 2 days small bubbles will appear, after about a week or so it will smell and taste distinctively sour. Taste it as often as you like and when the flavor is to your liking transfer the container to the refrigerator to slow its fermentation.

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