Kimchi – a pungent cabbage pickle from Korea that has a real kick and is very addictive!
Makes enough to fill 2 x 1 Litre Lakeland Fermenting Jars
Prep time: 2 hours
- 1kg Chinese cabbage (also known as Chinese leaves)
- 25g sea salt
- 6 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- 3cm piece of root ginger, peeled and grated
- 1 tsp granulated sugar
- 3 red chillies, sliced
- 250g white radish/daikon, peeled and finely sliced
- 100g spring onions, peeled and finely sliced
- Chop the cabbage into strips 2cm wide. Place in a large bowl and scatter over the salt. Use your hands to rub the salt into the cabbage until it begins to wilt.
- Grind the garlic, ginger, and sugar in a pestle and mortar – or mix in a spice grinder – to form a paste. Add to the cabbage along with the radish and spring onions. Mix well using your hands. Finally, stir in the sliced chillies using a large spoon.
- Pack the mixture into two clean, dry 1 Litre Lakeland Fermentation Jars, pressing down so that the juices fill all the air spaces. Leave a 2cm gap between the top of the kimchi and the rim of the jar. Depress the silicone stopper to seal the jar – the one-way valve in the lid will then allow gasses to escape without letting oxygen in. Leave to ferment at room temperature for 2-6 days, but check the kimchi each day and press the cabbage mixture down so it stays submerged in liquid (you could also weigh it down with a cling film-covered ramekin filled with ceramic baking beans).
- Once you’re happy with the taste, store in the fridge for a couple of weeks before using. The taste will be strong and fiery. Use within 2 months.