KIMCHI: How do you make Kimchi?
10 Feb 07
EASY KIMCHI ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon salt 6 cups water Ikg/2 lbs. cabbage, cut into 2-inch squares 6 spring onions (scallions), cut into 2-inch lengths, then slivered 1 1/2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger 2 tablespoons ground dried hot pepper (or other mildly hot ground red pepper) 1 teaspoon sugar METHOD: 1. Dissolve the 3 tablespoons salt in the water. Put the cabbage into a large bowl, a crock, or a nonreactive pot, and pour the brine over it. Weight the cabbage down with a plate. Let the cabbage stand for 12 hours. 2. Drain the cabbage, reserving the brine. Mix the cabbage with the remaining ingredients, including the 1 teaspoon salt. Pack the mixture into a 2-quart jar. Pour enough of the reserved brine over the cabbage to cover it. Push a freezer bag into the mouth of the jar, and pour the remaining brine into the bag. Seal the bag. Let the kimchi ferment in a cool place, at a temperature no higher than 20°C/68° F, for 3 to 6 days,until the kimchi is as sour as you like. 3. Remove the brine bag, and cap the jar tightly. Store the kimchi in the refrigerator, where it will keep for months.