Kid-chi: Kimchi for kids!

What You'll Need

Equipment:
Ingredients:
  • 2 lbs napa cabbage, 1/4 inch slice 
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • 2 medium carrots, 
  • 1 tsp ginger, finely minced
  • 1 tsp garlic, finely minced

Most kimchi is too spicy for kids to enjoy, but not this one: as we’ve left the chili out completely. This kimchi has ginger and garlic like a traditional recipe, but in milder quantities for tender palates. A quick and easy ferment to make, this kimchi will have ‘em asking for more, so be prepared to make it more than once! It is also a good ferment for those who are put off by the heat and spiciness of traditional kimchi, no matter what their age.

Kimchi, spicy or otherwise, is made of Napa cabbage, which ferments faster than the firmer green cabbage used in sauerkraut. Because of it’s softer texture, it takes less time to be considered finished. While kraut will often ferment for 2 or 3 weeks, this Kid-chi (and all ferments made from Napa cabbage) will be finished in a mere 7 days.

Yield: 1 quart

Directions:

Kidchi: Kimchi for kids recipe

1. Prep Cabbage Kidchi: Kimchi for kids recipe

Core and cut cabbage.

2. Massage Your Cabbage w/ Salt & Prep Remaining Ingredients

Kidchi: Kimchi for kids recipe

Kidchi: Kimchi for kids recipe

Kid-chi: Kimchi for kids recipe

Place cabbage and salt into a large bowl and massage gently for 2 minutes. Set aside while prepping all other ingredients. 

3. Add Remaining Ingredients & Massage Again

Kidchi: Kimchi for kids recipe

Kid-chi: Kimchi for kids recipe

Add remaining ingredients to cabbage and combine thoroughly by massaging 2-5 more minutes or until juice can be easily squeezed out of the vegetables. 

4. Pack Cabbage 

Kid-chi: Kimchi for kids recipe
Pack cabbage mixture into jar and press down lightly until the brine rises and covers the vegetables completely.

5. Fasten Lid w/ the Kimchi Below the Brine

Kid-chi: Kimchi for kids recipe

Kid-chi: Kimchi for kids recipe

Kid-chi: Kimchi for kids recipe

Affix Kraut Source, or other jar-top fermentation device, according to its instructions. Make sure all kimchi stays down under the brine and the airlock has water for the entire fermentation time.

6. Allow to Ferment

Kid-chi: Kimchi for kids recipe

Ferment for 7 days, at room temperature, not in the sun.

7. Enjoy!

Kid-chi: Kimchi for kids recipe

When finished it will be bubbly and lightly sour. Screw on a lid and store kimchi in fridge and eat within 2 months. Enjoy!

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