For the Cabbage Mix - Room Temperature for 4 hours:
- 1 napa cabbage, chopped
- 1 bag matchstick carrots
- 3 teaspoons coarse sea salt, no iodine added
Rice Sauce - Heat and Cool:
- 1 1/2 tablespoons rice flour
- 1/2 cup water water
- 1 tablespoon sugar
For the Kimchee Sauce - Puree:
- 1 ripe pear, peeled, grated
- 1 cup vidalia sweet onion, grated
- 1 inch of bunch onion tops
- 2 inches piece ginger, peeled
- 5 garlic cloves
- 3 tablespoons fish sauce
- 1 package or 2 tablespoons pepper flakes for pizza
- 2 tablespoons smoked papricka
Use Turkey Cooking Bag for Convenience Purposes
Since the original people wanted this done in a stainless steel pan, or a glass jar, I opted for doing it in a heatproof, plastic oven bag. These bags are designed to resist heat, and they are leakproof, and once you are done with the fermenting, you just discard the bag. No cleanup. That works for me.
In turkey cooking bag, you will start by layering a bag of matchstick carrots, chopped cabbage and chunky sea salt. The picture shows a grinder salt shaker, but I took the top off and just used the salt whole.
Which amounts to putting handful of carrots in the bag, a handful of cabbage and sprinkling this with about a tablepoon of salt. Then repeat, about three times, until your cabbage and carrots are in the bag together.
Then, you twist the top of the bag closed and secure with a clothespin or a piece of scotch tape and let it 'work' at room temperature. The salt will draw moisture out of the cabbage and after a few hours, the cabbage will be wet and sitting in a watery liquid.
Salt, Carrots and Chopped Cabbage to Start
Progress in Stages
Now that you have the salt, cabbage and carrots in the bag, set it aside and let it work for a few hours. I gave mine about 4 hours to work.
As you watch it, it will draw moisture from the vegetables. You will keep this liquid for the duration of the recipe. It does not get discarded.
Meanwhile - You Need to Make a Rice Paste Sauce
Since I was instructed to find a rice paste sauce, which my local stores do not carry, I just happened to have a bag of tempura mix that my sister-in-law had given me, and it seemed to work just fine. It must be a rice flour.
The flour, water and sugar were heated until they thickened and became a smooth, almost glassy substance. Then, poured into a plastic dish and set aside for later.
Make a Rice Paste Mixture
The Cold Sauce Mixture
There are a few ingredients that need to be pureed and mixed with the rice sauce, and then, after the cabbage and carrots have wilted, these have to be all combined and left to ferment in a room temperature location. The eventual fermenting will take 48 hours to complete.
So, you will need to use a food processor to puree the following ingredients:
- green onions
- fish sauce
- pepper flakes
It's All a Waiting Game at this Point
You are waiting for cabbage and carrots to wilt.
Waiting for rice mixture to cool.
Waiting to combine everything together.
The Following Ingredients Will be Pureed in a Food Processor
Let it Ferment
Put the Kimchee in a Jar
Put in jar. At this point, you should taste a piece of cabbage. If it is tangy enough to suit your taste buds, put the jar in the refrigerator right away.
If, by chance, you decide it isn't tangy enough, just let the jar sit overnight and put it in the refrigerator tomorrow.
And that, is it. The kimchee is ready to eat, so, enjoy!
It's Been 48 Hours - Pack into Jars - Taste
Char Milbrett (author) from Minnesota on November 11, 2020:
Thanks, Nell Rose, for your comment.
Nell Rose from England on November 11, 2020:
I loved your photos, they really explained it well. I had never heard of kimchee before, so this is great!