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Easy Homemade Kimchi

My mouth is watering when I even hear kimchi. This is one of my korean dish. Once you try kimchi, you will not forget this spicy and pungent flavour! 

Last week, one of my friends gave me a jar of homemade kimchi. I cannot stop to eat them with everything such as fried rice, noodles, and tofu soup. Next day, I got the homemade kimchi recipe from my frieneds. Tody,  I would like to share how to make this amazed and unforgettable taste for everyone! 

 

INGREDIENTS

  • medium head napa cabbage (about 2 pounds)
  • 1/4 cup iodine-free sea salt or kosher salt 
  • Water, preferably distilled or filtered

  • 1 tablespoon grated garlic (5 to 6 cloves)

  • 1 apple and 1 pear 
  • 1 teaspoon grated peeled fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 2 tablepoons fish sauce or shrimp sauce, or 3 tablespoons water
  • 1 to 5 tablespoons Korean red pepper flakes
  • 8 ounces Korean radish or daikon radish, peeled and cut into matchsticks
  • medium scallions, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces

 

INSTRUCTIONS

 

  1. Cut the vegtables. Cut the cabbage lengthwise through the stem into quarters. Cut the cores from each piece. Cut each quarter crosswise into 2-inch-wide strips. Chop the radish into 2 inch straples. 

  2. Salt the cabbage. Place the cabbage in a large bowl and sprinkle with the salt. Using your hands, massage the salt into the cabbage until it starts to soften a bit. Add enough water to cover the cabbage. Put a plate on top of the cabbage and weigh it down with something heavy, like a jar or can of beans. Let stand for 1 to 2 hours.

  3. Rinse and drain the cabbage. Rinse the cabbage under cold water 3 times. Set aside to drain in a colander for 15 to 20 minutes. Meanwhile, make the spice paste.

  4. Make the spice paste. Chop the apple and the pear into a small picese; Put the garlic, ginger, sugar, and fish sauce, shrimp sauce, or water, and the apple and the pear picese into the blender until turn to a smooth paste. Stir in the Korean red pepper flakes, using 1 tablespoon for mild and up to 5 tablespoons for spicy (I like about 3 1/2 tablespoons); set aside until the cabbage is ready.

    Substitute: if this paste recipe is still completed and time-consuming for you, there is an option. You can use processed Kimchi Sauce. Do not worried ! The taste is delicouis! 

  5. Combine the vegetables and spice paste. Gently squeeze any remaining water from the cabbage and add it to the spice paste. Add the radish and scallions.

  6. Mix thoroughly. Using your hands, gently work the paste into the vegetables until they are thoroughly coated. The gloves are optional here but highly recommended to protect your hands from stings, stains, and smells!

  7. Pack the kimchi into the jar. Pack the kimchi into a 1-quart jar. Press down on the kimchi until the brine (the liquid that comes out) rises to cover the vegetables, leaving at least 1 inch of space at the top. Seal the jar.

  8. Let it ferment for 1 to 5 days. Place a bowl or plate under the jar to help catch any overflow. Let the jar stand at cool room temperature, out of direct sunlight, for 1 to 5 days. You may see bubbles inside the jar and brine may seep out of the lid.

  9. Check it daily and refrigerate when ready. Check the kimchi once a day, opening the jar and pressing down on the vegetables with a clean finger or spoon to keep them submerged under the brine. (This also releases gases produced during fermentation.) Taste a little at this point, too! When the kimchi tastes ripe enough for your liking, transfer the jar to the refrigerator. You may eat it right away, but it's best after another week or two.

    (This waiting time is hard for me? How about you ? )

    Hope everyone like this recipe 

    Have a nice weekend !

     

     

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