Vegan & Gluten-Free Kimchi

I absolutely adore Kimchi; its tangy and slightly spicy flavour makes it a versatile addition to many dishes. Whether mixed with mayo for sandwiches, stir-fried with rice, served as a side dish, or incorporated into spicy salads, Kimchi has a place in my kitchen.

For the past five years, I've been making Kimchi consistently, and there's hardly a time when I don't have a batch fermenting. It's become a dietary staple for me, and there's a good reason why.

You see, I struggle with Ulcerative Colitis, and among the various trendy fermented foods like Kombucha, sourdough, and kefir, Kimchi has been the one that not only appealed to my taste buds but also provided the most relief.

If you're dealing with chronic digestive issues like IBS, fermented foods can be a game-changer. They enhance the digestive process and positively impact the gut flora, reducing troublesome digestive symptoms.

Plus, from the perspective of menstrual health, anything that promotes good digestion is crucial because the elimination of estrogen occurs through your bowel movements. Effective estrogen elimination is essential for maintaining periods with minimal discomfort.

When estrogen metabolism is compromised, it can lead to the reabsorption of estrogen into the body, resulting in estrogen excess, which contributes to PMS, tender breasts, and heavy periods. So, maintaining a healthy gut microbiome is a win-win!

And if nothing else, Kimchi is simply delicious!

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Vegan & Gluten Free Kimchi

Samantha Garstin
Kimchi is a traditional Korean side dish of salted and fermented vegetables, such as napa cabbage and Korean radish. It's basically Korean sauerkraut.
If you have chronic digestive problems likeĀ IBS, fermented foods may help as they enhance the digestive processĀ andĀ have a positive effect on the gut flora, thus reducing problematic digestive symptoms.
Prep Time 4 hours
Total Time 5 days
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Korean
Servings 5 Jars

Equipment

  • Large Mixing Bowl
  • Gloves (Optional)
  • 5-6 Large Empty CLEAN Jars

Ingredients
  

  • 3 Medium heads of napa cabbage
  • 1 Handful of sea salt or kosher salt
  • Water Preferably distilled or filtered
  • 1 Tbsp Garlic Grated
  • 2 Thumbs of fresh ginger Grated
  • 1 Tbsp Sugar
  • 2 Tbsp Tamari
  • 2 Tsp Kelp Powder
  • 3 Tbsp Gochugaru Korean red pepper flakes
  • 1 Lrg Pealed daikon radish (normal radishes will work too) Cut into matchsticks
  • 4 Medium peeled carrots
  • 4 Medium scallions Trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces

Instructions
 

  • Cut the cabbage lengthwise through and then crosswise into 2-inch-wide strips.
  • Place the cabbage in a large bowl and sprinkle with the salt. Massage the salt into the cabbage until it starts to soften.
  • Add enough water to cover the cabbage. Put a plate on top and weigh it down with something heavy. Let it stand for 2 hours.
  • Rinse and drain the cabbage 3 times under cold water.Ā Drain for 30 mins.
  • Meanwhile prepare all other ingredients. After the cabbage has drained, mix everything thoroughly, work the paste into the vegetables until they are thoroughly coated.
  • Pack the kimchi into jars.Ā Press down on the kimchi until the brine rises to cover the vegetables, leaving at least 1 inch of space at the top. Seal the jar.
  • Let them ferment for 1 to 5 days.Ā Place jars on something toĀ catch any overflow. Keep at cool room temperature, out of direct sunlight, for 1 to 5 days. It's normal toĀ see bubbles inside the jar and brine may seep out.
  • Check the kimchi once a day, opening the jar and pressing down on the vegetables with a clean spoon to keep them submerged under the brine andĀ releaseĀ gases produced during fermentation.
  • When the kimchi tastes ripe enough for your liking, transfer theĀ jarĀ toĀ theĀ refrigerator.Ā TheĀ coldĀ willĀ stopĀ furtherĀ fermentation.
  • You may eat it right away, but it's best after another week or two.

Notes

  • Only ever use clean utensils in you Kimchi!!
  • Make sure your jars and lids are very clean
  • Use salt that is free of iodine and anti-caking agents, which can inhibit fermentation.
  • Kimchi can be refrigerated for up to a few months.

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Keyword Cabbage, Fermented, Korean