Kimchi is a fermented Korean dish that is really good for you, super simple to do and incredibly yummy. Add into the mix that it’s packed full of good yeasts and bacteria, making it a really healthy probiotic dish, that helps balance the flora of the gut means there’s no excuse not to get your kimchi on!
There are many different recipes for making up kimchi, but here is my favourite:
- 1/2 head of white cabbage
- 2 carrots (parsnips also work well)
- small bag of red radish
- 1 small celeriac (optional)
- 1 small yellow onion
- 2 inch square of fresh ginger
- 4 cloves garlic (optional)
- 1 teaspoon dried chilli flakes
- 1 tablespoon of salt
- 1/4 to 1/2 cup of filtered water or sauerkraut juice
- one large or two smaller jars
- Using the shredding/grating function on your food processor, or using a hand grater, grate all the vegetables.
- Place all but the water into a large bowl and massage the salt thoroughly through the vegetables.
- Using either a kraut pounder or the end of a rolling pin, pound down the vegetables until the juices are released, this should take around 10/15 mins.
- Put the vegetable mixture into your chosen jar(s).
- If the brine mixture from the vegetables does not completely cover the vegetables then top up with water until it does.
- Add a couple of cabbage leaves to the top of your vegetable mixture and weigh down with a stone (making sure to boil it first) or a kitchen weight, make sure everything is just under the water/brine level, so that it does not go mouldy.
- Put the lid on the kimchi and place in a cupboard for a minimum of 2 weeks, preferably more like a month. The longer you leave it the better, but if you leave it longer than 6 weeks you will need to ‘burp’ the jar (open it to let the pressure out). It will taste stronger the longer you leave it.
- Once opened, leave in the refrigerator and add to the side of just about any hot or cold dish for a super-charged meal.
Note: You can use just about any vegetables in this recipe, so it’s a great way to use up veggies! Waste not, want not! =)
Now go get your Kimchi on! =)