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Kimchi

There are many variations of this pickled treat, a staple in Korean banchan. Fairly traditional, this recipe at LEAST takes 3-5 days to make - and not for the faint of heart. Yummy! Source: greatist.com

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Serves 6people
Ingredients
a few quart-size, sterilized mason jars
1
large bowl
knife + cutting board
1
wooden spoon
food processor, blender, or mortar and pestle
1
head (1.5 to 2 pounds) napa cabbage or green cabbage, cut into 2 by 1-inch pieces (reserve 2-3 large leaves, uncut). note: you can also substitute bok choy in place of cabbage
2
tbs kosher salt
2
-3 large cloves garlic, minced
1
tsp fresh ginger, peeled and finely grated
1
tsp sugar (alternatively, use 1 apple or pear, thinly sliced)
3
tbs Korean chile pepper flakes or paste (gochugaru). Note: If you don’t live near a Korean market and can’t find this at your regular grocery store, substitute Aleppo pepper or 1 tablespoon of Sriracha, in a pinch. (Do not substitute red pepper flakes; they a
4
green onions, green parts only, cut into 2-inch pieces (optional)
1
medium yellow onion, thinly sliced (about 1/4 cup) (optional)
optional: a few large carrots, thinly sliced
for extra hotness: add 1 chili
Directions
1.
Wash all vegetables and pre-measure all of your ingredients so you have them ready to go. Set aside a few large cabbage leaves (to be used at the end of the process).
2.
Place the rest of the cabbage in the large bowl and sprinkle with 2 tablespoons of kosher salt. Toss to combine. Cover the large bowl and allow its contents to sit at room temperature until the cabbage has wilted (expect this to take a minimum of one hour and as many as 12). As it wilts, the cabbage will release around a ¼ cup of liquid.
3.
While the cabbage is wilting, combine the garlic, ginger, chili pepper, carrots (if you’re using them), and sugar (or the apple or pear, if using) in the food processor, blender, or mortar and pestle.
4.
Process the mixture until it forms a rough paste (around 30 seconds if using a food processor or blender; longer (as needed) if using a mortar and pestle). Be sure to scrape the container’s sides as needed.
5.
Now it’s time to check on the cabbage — it should be wilted, and there should be lquid in the bottom of the bowl. Remember this could take as many as 12 hours, so give it time if it needs it!
6.
Once the cabbage has wilted, drain it, set the liquid aside, and pat the leaves dry.
7.
Thoroughly mix the cabbage with the paste. This is your basic kimchi mixture.
8.
Pack the kimchi into the mason jars (try to avoid air pockets). Add equal amounts of the liquid to each jar, making sure that each jar has at least an inch of headspace (If needed, add some water to the jars to make sure the kimchi is completely covered by liquid.). Press the mixture down firmly using the wooden spoon, so that the brine covers the top.
9.
Cover the top of each jar with one of the reserved large cabbage leaves.
10.
Seal the jars loosely. Let them sit at room temperature (65 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit) for three to five days.
11.
Taste the kimchi every few days; it will be ready when it has developed a sour, spicy taste and a texture resembling that of sauerkraut.
12.
When the kimchi is ready, remove the big cabbage leaves from the top of each jar and store the jars (tightly sealed) in the fridge. The kimchi should keep for several months.

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