Kim Chi 1

Kim Chi is a staple in Korean cuisine. It is a fermented food often using napa cabbage and other vegetables, including hot peppers. We consider it a hot and spicy cousin of sauerkraut with all the beneficial properties of supporting a healthy microbiome and tasting delicious. We use it like a condiment or chutney to soups, dals and salads.

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Kim Chi

  • 1 Napa Cabbage, cut in thin 3 inch long pieces
  • 1 bunch Green Onions, cut in chunks
  • 3 Carrots, cut in matchsticks
  • 1 Daikon or Watermelon radish, cut in matchsticks
  • 1 Turnip, cut in matchsticks
  • 1 Red Pepper, cut in matchsticks
  • 1 Yellow Pepper, cut in matchsticks
  • 1 Jalapeno Pepper, seeded and cut in thin slices
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Sea Salt (optional, refer to salt free ingredients below)
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes (1 teaspoon for those who like it hot)

Place all the veggies in a large bowl. Add sea salt and red pepper flakes and massage (like kneading bread dough) until lots of liquid comes out of the massaged vegetables.

Spoon everything into a large jar and pound it down with a wooden spoon to create more juice. Then, weight the veggies down with a clean rock that will allow the juice to cover the vegetables. Make sure all the veggies are covered by juice.

Close the jar and let ferment for a week until the juice has a noticeable fermented smell.

When the flavor is fermented to your taste, refrigerate. Serve a heaping tablespoon as a pickle with breakfast, lunch and dinner.

It is especially good served with brown rice or other whole grains.

Salt Free Kim Chi

  • 1/2 cup dulse sea vegetable
  • 1/2 cup liquid from other fermented vegetable you have made or purchased

Add these ingredients to replace the salt to Kim Chi recipe above.

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