Thursday, June 18, 2015

Another Food Post - Kimchi

It seems that food is suddenly a major thing in my life.  Of course we all know that it is essential for life.  I love a variety of foods from many cultures.  However, I am also a rather picky eater.  Yes, that is a paradox – as am I.

Today's adventure started a couple of days ago. Ideas were flowing and I had some email conversations with a friend.  I have ordered a tsukemono vegetable press (also called a pickle press.) Making  tsukemono is a salt pickling process although there are also rice bran and miso fermented recipes.

Meanwhile, there is a wonderful memory of kimchi in my mind.  Kimchi is a traditional  Korean fermented vegetable dish. It is most commonly made with Napa cabbage and daikon radish.  While the Napa cabbage is more available in Alabama, the daikon radish is more difficult to find.  So I was looking for options. A quick search on Google gave me lots of ideas.  I had a red cabbage in the refrigerator so I could use that.  I bought some simple red radishes and some zucchini. One of the local Asian food stores had the red pepper – gochugaru.  Surprise, I already had fish sauce in my pantry as I had bought it for some other recipe.

The recipe I used as a base recipe is  called "Emergency Kimchi" She used green cabbage but I had the red cabbage so I substituted it.  She called for carrots in her recipe, but I used all I had yesterday making carrot pickles much like the red onion pickles.  I did have the radishes and zucchini though.  So I added them (probably in greater quantity) in place of the carrots. I also had green onions and I used more than she said to use. (I like onions!)   The recipe did not call for ginger, but many kimchi recipes have it so I grabbed the ginger root from the freezer and finely grated some in the kimchi paste while the cabbage was still soaking. I also used all the minced garlic I had on hand (add that to the grocery list)  so I used some dried garlic with it.  Right now it it is two widemouth quart jars, loosely capped, in the laundry room (a dark cool place) fermenting.  I put the jars in an old loaf pan in case it overflows a bit.
I think it looks lovely and I can hardly wait to eat it.  I am happy about the red cabbage as it made it very colorful and also adds some nice antioxidants.

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Linda C said...

I've never had it. Like fermented coleslaw but with an Asian spin, right?

Barbara said...

Just another kind of creativity!

The Slow Quilter said...

I have heard and seen a video on this process, but never have I tasted it. Hope it is good.

kathyinozarks said...

beautiful in the jars

Barb said...

It does look very colorful....but sorry doesn't sound good to me....but as long as you are looking forward to it doesn't matter what I think or anyone else...ENJOY!

Lynda Halliger Otvos (Lynda M O) said...

Cheerful looking jars of delight !~! I hope you enjoy each and every mouthful. Will you share any with some lucky friends ?