Easy as Kimchi

Posted by Tricia on 30 December 2015 | 6 Comments

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From memory the first time I had this dish was while visiting my kids in London and being taken on one culinary adventure after another. I'm such a spoilt mama! Kimchi is another fabulous fermented food you can easily add to your diet. A Korean traditional dish, it was a way of preserving cabbage for the cold winter months pre-refrigeration. There are many different ways of making kimchi and many different potential ingredients. The one I have made here is super basic. I've chosen everyday ingredients but I'm happy with the results. I've found each time I help myself to a forkful from the jar it gives me a nice little lift. Most kimchi has a strong red coloration, perhaps from more cayenne than I've used? though this one has a pretty good bite to it with just 1/2 tsp. For recipe read the full post.

I used 1/2 cabbage, 1 large cup of grated Daikon radish, 4 tablespoons sea salt, 5 cups water, 2 spring onions chopped , 2 cloves crushed garlic, 2 tbsp grated fresh ginger, 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper.

If you can get your hands on one of those oblong shaped Chinese cabbages that is best, all I could get this time was the regular sort. Grate the radish, slice and chop the cabbage into 3" x 3" pieces (preferably)

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Dissolve the salt into a large bowl or clean bucket with enough water to make a brine just covering the cabbage/radish mix. Press down with a plate (I put another heavy jug on top of the plate to keep the veges under the brine) Cover with a cloth and leave for at least 12 hours.

Next day drain off the brine and add all the other ingredients to the cabbage/radish combo. I then put the lot into a crock poured the brine back over the mix. Place a plate and something heavy on top to again keep the veges submerged. Cover with a cloth and leave for between 3 to 5 days until it starts to smell nice and sour.  Store in glass jars in the fridge.

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enjoy :)

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  • Kimchi is very useful for our health and you said right that we should add it in our routine diet plan. The process of making it very easy and everyone can make it at home. Just follow the direction which author described in this article.

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