Frequently Asked Questions
Kimchi is a side-dish, condiment, and even part of main-entrees, a lacto-fermented Korean delicacy that defies being just one thing. Kimchi is made from a wide-variety of vegetables, often cabbage, daikon radish, with over 200-variations. Multiply that times how many people have developed their own recipes, and kimchi even defies description!
The traditional fermenting method, was to bury kimchi in a clay pot underground, during winter. This kept the temperature cool, developing the full range of taste-characteristics.
If I had to describe it in two words? Spicy-hot! That’s the way most Americans think of kimchi – as a spicy version of sauerkraut. Sauerkraut and kimchi have been shown in numerous studies to offer the same health benefits, including:
- Battle bird flu
- Prevent cancer along with other similar advantages:
- Rich source of vitamins, including, A, B and C
- High fiber
- Wide-range of lactobacilli (LAB), including Lb. fermentum, Lb. plantarum, Lb. casei, Lb. casei subsp. pseudoplantarum, and Pediococcus pentosaceus (Karki et al. 1983d; Tamanag et al 2005)
- Natural probiotic aids digestion
- Conquers and prevents yeast infections
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Did you know...
Pickling is a global culinary art. If you were to go on an international food-tasting tour, you’d find pickled foods just about everywhere. You might sample kosher cucumber pickles in New York City, chutneys in India, kimchi in Korea, miso pickles in Japan, salted duck eggs in China, pickled herring in Scandinavia, corned beef in Ireland, salsas in Mexico, pickled pigs feet in the southern United States, and much, much more.
—Science of Cooking, Pickles
Wow!! Thanks for your helpful guidance as we switched our water kefir fermentation over to the Pickl-It system. We’ve been making water kefir for over a year, but it has always been open to the air with just a mesh covering. A couple of days ago our Christmas 3 – 3 Bundle came in and we set up the water kefir grains in a 1 L. It was time to harvest (& taste!!) this morning and IT IS SOOOOO GOOD!!!! There are none of the vinegary notes that were present in our past batches. It’s fully done – which I judge by the fact that it’s only very very slightly sweet, and the carbonation is good (on the subtle side instead of tickling your nose). It’s perfection! The flavor is very pleasing and refreshing. There’s no going back now : ) This is an easy breezy way to ferment excellent water kefir for sure!
—Janice S. - Indiana