If you’ve been reading this blog for a little while, you know that I am fascinated with and love to make lacto-fermented/cultured foods. Lacto-fermenting is a great natural preservation technique that also happens to confer numerous health benefits.

One of my favorite cultured foods to make is Kimchi (aka Kim chi and kimchee): Korean spicy pickled cabbage.

Homemade Kimchi | Healthy Green Kitchen

Kimchi is high in natural probiotics that aid digestion. It also contains lots of vitamin C as well as compounds that may protect you from cancer.

I have made Kimchi many times before, but when I saw this tutorial on how to make Kim chi from Dr. Ben Kim, I knew I had to try it.

The Homemade Kimchi recipe calls for fine Korean red chili flakes, but I didn’t have these. I used regular crushed red pepper flakes instead, and I decreased the amount to 2 Tb. The Kimchi came out incredibly spicy- I love it, but you may want to tone it down a bit and use just 1 Tb. if you are using the standard red pepper flakes.

Another option when making Kimchi is to use a seeded minced jalapeno or Serrano chili pepper or two instead of making the chili paste, or you could try a tablespoon or two of a prepared spicy Asian chili paste.

Feel free to add in some extra vegetables if you like- some of my favorite additions to Kimchi include sliced leeks, daikon radish, and carrots.

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Kimchi will keep about 1 month in the refrigerator, and it will continue to ferment a bit during that time. It will get more sour as it ages, and if you don’t like this, Dr. Kim recommends eating it up with in the first week.

Kimchi is a delicious and healthy side dish that goes with most Asian-inspired meals. I also like it over scrambled eggs, and mixed into chicken soup. Adding a little coconut milk to the soup tempers the spiciness and meshes very well with kim chi’s flavors!

This post is linked to Sustainable Eats’ Lacto-fermentation Blog Carnival

WHB3-1It is also my entry for Weekend Herb Blogging, an event managed by Haalo from Cook Almost Anything. This week’s host is Haalo!


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    Mike — December 17, 2009 @ 11:21 pm

    I think the easiest way of becoming acquainted with Kimchi is try it with some soup and plain rice. Grilled meats and/or tofu go particularly well with Kimchi. There is a reason for this. On its own, Kimchi is hot, spicy, salty, and, if allowed to ferment, also sour. At any rate, what you want to do is to balance these strong tastes out with something else. (Similar to how we usually eat sauerkraut — with hot dogs and buns.)

    There is one major drawback with Kimchi: It has a persistently lingering odor which is almost impossible to eradicate once it makes its presence. For example, a refrigerator that has been used to store Kimchi will have this odor. Have a separate refrigerator for Kimchi if you can afford another refrigerator.

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    drwinnie — December 18, 2009 @ 5:42 am

    You are right…kimchi that is left for a while can get fairly stinky, so I recommend eating it up within about a month. That being said, keeping your fermented foods in a fridge all their own is a very good idea. I keep mine in a small fridge in my garage, mostly because I ran out of room for them in my regular one!

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    Penn Boyle — February 22, 2013 @ 5:12 am

    Must give this a try not only for it’s health benefits but for it’s keeping properties. My husband and I are soon to become live aboard sailors again and lacto fermented foods open up a whole range of possibilities for (healthy) Will be having a few dry runs (no pun intended) befoire stocking up our galley. Cheers Penn B

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    Angie — September 14, 2013 @ 5:44 pm

    I make mine very differently. I don’t rinse the cabbage after soaking in the salted water, I add daikon, carrots, tons more garlic and ginger, sometimes cilantro (yummm), no apple, and I let it ferment with an air lock or cloth over opening secured with rubber band for 4-5 days. Everything else I do the same. Delicious every time!

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