Easy Homemade Kimchi

Easy Homemade Kimchi
[Raw, Vegan, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free]

Kimchi is a relatively new obsession in our household. It’s hard to recall exactly when we first tried the Korean side dish, but it was love at first bite. Kimchi is a bit difficult to describe because it’s not really like any other food. The texture is a bit like cole slaw and its spicy-sour flavor is in a class all its own.

People often add kimchi to salads or sandwiches, but it’s delicious all on its own. It’s a light snack that is packed with Vitamins A and C along with beta carotene, iron, and calcium. One cup contains less than 50 calories and about 5 grams of fiber. The main benefit of kimchi is that it contains good bacteria that combat inflammation, fight off bad bacteria, and strengthen the immune system. Many health food stores now carry kimchi, but when it’s so easy to make your own at home, why buy it?

Prep time: 30 minutes

Total time: 4-6 days

You’ll need: 4 to 5 – 16 oz. jars

INGREDIENTS [makes 4 to 5 - 16 oz. jars]

1 head of napa cabbage [chopped into 1-inch pieces]
1 medium carrot [julienned]
6 scallions [slivered]
1 c. leeks [chopped]
1/3 c. minced garlic
3 Tbsp. + 1 tsp. sea salt
6 c. spring water
3 Tbsp. red pepper flakes

Thoroughly wash cabbage and other vegetables. Chop cabbage shortways as shown below, and then chop it into smaller pieces, nothing larger than 2 inches square.

Easy Homemade Kimchi

Easy Homemade Kimchi

In a large bowl, combine 3 tablespoons of sea salt and 6 cups of spring water. Dissolve the salt as much as possible, stirring if necessary.

In a larger bowl, combine the cabbage and leeks. Carefully pour the salt water mixture over the bowl and use your hands to submerge everything.

Easy Homemade Kimchi

Easy Homemade Kimchi

The next step can get a bit tricky. You’ll need something flat, such as a plate, that will fit inside the bowl. Place the flat object on top of the veggies and then weigh it down with something heavy — dumbbells, a jug of water, or a cast iron skillet would work. The goal is to smash down the ingredients and make sure everything is under water.

After 12 hours, drain the brine from the bowl and pour it into something to save it for later.

In a small bowl, combine green onions, garlic, red pepper, and carrot. Add this mixture to the cabbage/leek mixture along with 1 tsp. of sea salt and stir to combine.

Easy Homemade Kimchi

Fill the jars with the kimchi mixture and carefully pour enough brine into each jar to cover the kimchi. Cut squares of saran wrap and use them to thoroughly seal the opening to each jar. After sealing, screw on the lid tightly. Store jars in the fridge for 3 days — after this time, the kimchi is ready to eat! Enjoy it for up to 2-3 weeks in the fridge.

Easy Homemade Kimchi

Easy Homemade Kimchi
Raw, Vegan, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free
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Prep Time
30 min
Total Time
72 hr
Prep Time
30 min
Total Time
72 hr
Ingredients
  1. 1 head of napa cabbage [chopped into 1-inch pieces]
  2. 1 medium carrot [julienned]
  3. 6 scallions [slivered]
  4. 1 c. leeks [chopped]
  5. 1/3 c. minced garlic
  6. 3 Tbsp. + 1 tsp. sea salt
  7. 6 c. spring water
  8. 3 Tbsp. red pepper flakes
Instructions
  1. 1. Thoroughly wash cabbage and other vegetables. Chop cabbage shortways as shown below, and then chop it into smaller pieces, nothing larger than 2 inches square.
  2. 2. In a large bowl, combine 3 tablespoons of sea salt and 6 cups of spring water. Dissolve the salt as much as possible, stirring if necessary.
  3. 3. In a larger bowl, combine the cabbage and leeks. Carefully pour the salt water mixture over the bowl and use your hands to submerge everything.
  4. 4. Place the flat object on top of the veggies and then weigh it down with something heavy — dumbbells, a jug of water, or a cast iron skillet would work. The goal is to smash down the ingredients and make sure everything is under water.
  5. 5. After 12 hours, drain the brine from the bowl and pour it into something to save it for later.
  6. 6. In a small bowl, combine green onions, garlic, red pepper, and carrot. Add this mixture to the cabbage/leek mixture along with 1 tsp. of sea salt and stir to combine.
  7. 7. Fill the jars with the kimchi mixture and carefully pour enough brine into each jar to cover the kimchi. Cut squares of saran wrap and use them to thoroughly seal the opening to each jar. After sealing, screw on the lid tightly. Store jars in the fridge for 3 days — after this time, the kimchi is ready to eat!
Notes
  1. Makes 4-5 16oz jars of kimchi.
  2. Keeps in the fridge for 2-3 weeks.
Adapted from Thefitchen.com
Adapted from Thefitchen.com
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Comments

  1. claire says

    How much Ginger do you put in this recipe? It is mentioned in the directions, but not on the ingredients list.

    • thefitchen says

      We used the ginger in half of the jars and left it out of the other half. We liked the half without much better — but forgot to remove it from the instructions. Sorry about that! If you would like to use ginger, it is 1/2 tablespoon of grated ginger.

  2. Teresa Heath says

    In photo #6 it references using ginger… ginger is not listed in the ingredient list. How much, how prepped/prepared. Can you please clarify??

    Thanks, Teresa

    • thefitchen says

      We used the ginger in half of the jars and left it out of the other half. We liked the half without much better — but forgot to remove it from the instructions. Sorry about that! If you would like to use ginger, it is 1/2 tablespoon of grated ginger.

  3. says

    During the 12 hour soak, should the bowl of cabbge & leeks be left out at room temp or refrigerated? Thanks! Looking forward to making this recipe for a food swap group!

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