Thursday, February 16, 2012

Kimchi for Fun... and Life!

Hello Folks, LakeMom's husband here.
We've received a special request for the Kimchi recipe that we're using in the Lakeschooling household in the past couple of weeks. 
We have recently discovered Kimchi, and much to even my own surprise, fermented cabbage is very tasty, fresh, and good for you!

To this recipe, we added 1-2 T. korean Kimchi Chili (a powder) and extra carrots.  The carrots give it a nice sweetness and ease the process of fermentation.  We did not use whey, not did we increase the amount of salt.

 Homemade KimChi (or Korean Sauerkraut)

Submitted by: LADYZHERRA

This lacto-fermented recipe makes about 2 quarts of fresh Kimchi. Kimchi can be used as a condiment for soups, salads, pastas, etc., or can be eaten by itself for breakfast alongside eggs. This recipe requires whey (preferably homemade). If you can't make whey or can't get it, you can substitute a little extra salt.

This recipe is taken from Sally Fallon's Nourishing Traditions. If you are interested in learning how to make your own whey, yougurts, creams, etc....check her out!

Number of Servings: 10


    1 head Napa cabbage, cored and shredded
    1 bunch green onions, chopped
    1 cup carrots, shredded
    1/2 cup daikon radish, grated (optional)
    1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
    3 cloves of garlic, peeled and minced
    1/2 teaspoon dried chile flakes
    1 tablespoon sea salt
    4 tablespoons whey (or, if not available, use an additional 1 tablespoon salt)


Place vegetables, ginger, garlic, chile flakes, sea salt, and whey in a bowl and pound with a wooden pounder or a meat hammer to release juices. Place in a quart-sized, wide-mouth mason jar and press down firmly with a pounder or meat hammer until juices come to the top of the cabbage. The top of the vegetables should be at least 1 inch below the top of the jar. Cover tightly and keep at room temperature for about 3 days before transfering to cold storage.

Number of Servings: 10

Recipe submitted by SparkPeople user LADYZHERRA.

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