Wild Fermentation: How To Make Kimchi At Home

Kimchi is a Korean dish consisting mainly of fermented vegetables and chili peppers. Most recipes for this dish are based on cabbage. Ingredients include sugar, salt, ginger, spring onion, red pepper, garlic, radish and as has been mentioned, cabbage – although there are varieties that use other vegetables as the main ingredient. Up to you to experiment and find your unique, favorite kimchi flavor.

 

Fermented Food

 

Kimchi is prepared by fermentation. Eating fermented foods increases the presence of beneficial bacteria, which carries with it the following health benefits:

  • Improved bowel movement
  • Greater efficiency in digesting food
  • Improved immune function

Also read: Top 5 Health Benefits of Fermented Foods

 

Nutritional Powerhouse

 

Perfect for dieters and people trying to shed weight, kimchi is low-calorie. It is also very rich in many essential nutrients and cleansing fibers. Think about A, B1, B2, B12, and C. All these vitamins are graciously present in kimchi, not to mention the assortment of antioxidants and probiotics that are also available.

Depending on the ingredients that you will include, you can have a powerhouse of a nutrient mixture which also gives essential amino acids, selenium, calcium, iron, isothiocyanates, flavonoids, carotenoids, capsaicin, and chlorophyll.

ALSO READ: Vitamin B12 Deficiency, A Silent Epidemic 

 

Kimchi Health Benefits

 

  • Kimchi uses garlic, and because of that, you will be provided with selenium and allicin by consuming it. Those substances can help you keep your cholesterol level within the safe range and maintain your arterial walls free from plaque buildup.

 

  • The vitamin A that you will get from kimchi will have various health advantages. Your body will be able to keep free radicals at bay, or get rid of them if they are already there. Eat more kimchi and you’ll be free from the danger of cancer for a long, long time. Having troubles with your eyesight? Kimchi might just be all the solution that you need.

 

  • It’s selenium again, but this time, it’s going to be about its ability to keep skin cells healthy – and that includes your hair cells, too.  In the long run, you will not develop skin wrinkles as fast as others will do. Talking about glutathione (a crucial, cleansing and health-promoting antioxidant)? Selenium is also present there.

 

  • Kimchi can activate your immune cells. With all the plant goodness in there and the added probiotic effect, kimchi is a great food to strengthen and activate your immune system to fight foreign intruders- such as viruses and bacteria and reduce inflammation.

 

 

More on Kimchi Health Benefits

 

  • Kimchi health benefits also include helping the liver, kidneys, and the small intestines. It has chemicals like sulfide and isocyanate that can detoxify these parts of the body if they contain heavy metals.  Isocyanates are particularly effective in preventing stomach cancer. CLICK HERE to access a 10-day whole food detox course to help you get rid of all toxins and reset your system

 

  • Don’t forget the chili pepper which contains capsaicin. Capsaicin is a friend for people who want to lose weight. The chemical is known to aid in metabolism and in consuming excess energy stored in the body fast.

 

  • Kimchi is probably one of the most potent things on earth that can inhibit the development of peptic ulcer. With kimchi, your body can produce dextrin. Good for those battling with H. pylori!

 

Health magazines have consistently voted kimchi as one of the world’s healthiest dishes. If you have your own story to tell about it, don’t hesitate to post it in the comment box below.

 

We love fermented foods and are currently experimenting with a few different kimchi recipes. Find my favorite recipe below (video + recipe)! 

Kimchi is a Korean dish consisting mainly of fermented vegetables and chili peppers. Most recipes for this dish are based on cabbage. Ingredients include sugar, salt, ginger, spring onion, red pepper, garlic, radish and as has been mentioned, cabbage – although there are varieties that use other vegetables as the main ingredient. Up to you to experiment and find your unique, favorite kimchi flavor.

 

Fermented Food

 

Kimchi is prepared by fermentation. Eating fermented foods increases the presence of beneficial bacteria, which carries with it the following health benefits:

  • Improved bowel movement
  • Greater efficiency in digesting food
  • Improved immune function

Also read: Top 5 Health Benefits of Fermented Foods

 

Nutritional Powerhouse

 

Perfect for dieters and people trying to shed weight, kimchi is low-calorie. It is also very rich in many essential nutrients and cleansing fibers. Think about A, B1, B2, B12, and C. All these vitamins are graciously present in kimchi, not to mention the assortment of antioxidants and probiotics that are also available.

Depending on the ingredients that you will include, you can have a powerhouse of a nutrient mixture which also gives essential amino acids, selenium, calcium, iron, isothiocyanates, flavonoids, carotenoids, capsaicin, and chlorophyll.

ALSO READ: Vitamin B12 Deficiency, A Silent Epidemic 

 

Kimchi Health Benefits

 

  • Kimchi uses garlic, and because of that, you will be provided with selenium and allicin by consuming it. Those substances can help you keep your cholesterol level within the safe range and maintain your arterial walls free from plaque buildup.

 

  • The vitamin A that you will get from kimchi will have various health advantages. Your body will be able to keep free radicals at bay, or get rid of them if they are already there. Eat more kimchi and you’ll be free from the danger of cancer for a long, long time. Having troubles with your eyesight? Kimchi might just be all the solution that you need.

 

  • It’s selenium again, but this time, it’s going to be about its ability to keep skin cells healthy – and that includes your hair cells, too.  In the long run, you will not develop skin wrinkles as fast as others will do. Talking about glutathione (a crucial, cleansing and health-promoting antioxidant)? Selenium is also present there.

 

  • Kimchi can activate your immune cells. With all the plant goodness in there and the added probiotic effect, kimchi is a great food to strengthen and activate your immune system to fight foreign intruders- such as viruses and bacteria and reduce inflammation.

 

 

More on Kimchi Health Benefits

 

  • Kimchi health benefits also include helping the liver, kidneys, and the small intestines. It has chemicals like sulfide and isocyanate that can detoxify these parts of the body if they contain heavy metals.  Isocyanates are particularly effective in preventing stomach cancer. CLICK HERE to access a 10-day whole food detox course to help you get rid of all toxins and reset your system

 

  • Don’t forget the chili pepper which contains capsaicin. Capsaicin is a friend for people who want to lose weight. The chemical is known to aid in metabolism and in consuming excess energy stored in the body fast.

 

  • Kimchi is probably one of the most potent things on earth that can inhibit the development of peptic ulcer. With kimchi, your body can produce dextrin. Good for those battling with H. pylori!

 

Health magazines have consistently voted kimchi as one of the world’s healthiest dishes. If you have your own story to tell about it, don’t hesitate to post it in the comment box below. Scroll down to find out how to make kimchi at home.

 

We love fermented foods and are currently experimenting with a few different kimchi recipes. Find my favorite recipe below (video + recipe)! 

how to make kimchi at home

how to make kimchi at home

 

🍴 Wild Fermentation: How To Make Kimchi At Home


Fermented foods are so good for us and should be part of everybody diet. Our health starts in our gut and a healthy gut flora makes healthy people. A lot of studies are emerging showing a strong link between our gut flora and diseases such as autoimmune disorders, digestive issues, nutrient deficiencies, heart disease, diabetes and much more. Kimchi ingredients are flexible. last time I added daikon radish, but my picky my hubby prefers it without.

Some people like to add apple too. We just love it with added carrot and spring onion. But you can be creative and add grated veggies you like. Purple cabbage might be interesting too. Also, the best part of making your own kimchi is that you can adjust the spiciness level. Real Korean kimchi, though I love it, always sets my mouth on fire and gives me a runny nose. Since I love mild spicy I added 3.5 tbsp of the chili powder. Here is the recipe on how to make kimchi at home!

 

Ingredients


For the kimchi


  • 1 napa cabbage
  • 1/4 cup sea salt
  • 1 carrot grated
  • 3/4-1 cup chopped spring onion
  • 5-6 cloves of garlic, minced (or 1 tbsp)
  • 1 tsp grated ginger
  • 1/2-1 tbsp raw sugar
  • 3 tbsp water
  • 1-5 tbsp Korean chili powder (I used 3.5 tbsp for mild spicy)

For the brine


1 cup filtered water 1 tbsp sea salt

How to make kimchi at home

 

Directions (+ see video below) 


  1. Cut the napa cabbage in 4 equal part lengthwise. Cut into smaller pieces. Add the cabbage to a big bowl with the salt. Massage for 5 minutes. Add filtered water to cover and press down with a plate. Let sit for 2-3 hours to kill all the bacteria you do not need.
  2. Meanwhile, make the kimchi sauce or spice mix by combining the Korean chili powder, sugar, garlic, ginger, and water. Set aside in the fridge.
  3. After 2 to 3 hours rinse the cabbage under cold running water to remove the excess salt. Repeat rinsing step 3 times. Drain well and press cabbage to the sides to remove most of the water.
  4. Combine spice mix, carrots, cabbage, and spring onions. Mix well using your hands. Wear protective kitchen gloves if you want.
  5. Add the mixture to a glass jar with a lid and firmly press down.
  6. Mix the water and salt to make the brine. Add enough of the brine to just cover the cabbage mix.
  7. Ferment for 1-5 days at room temperature. Ours only needs 1 day since we live in a hot climate. Open the jar every day and do a taste test!
  8. When ready, store in the fridge to stop the fermentation process. Kimchi is based on a lacto-fermentation process.

 

Thanks for reading. I hope this information was helpful. Until next time!

 

 

Amy Goodrich

Amy Goodrich

 

Crazy cat lady, life and food lover, certified biologist, and holistic health coach.

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