This recipe can be treated in different ways to create entirely different flavors. It's crisp, salty, spicy and delicious, just prepared fresh and left in the fridge to chill before serving. Or, to add probiotic benefit and the unmistakable tang of fermentation, set an airlock on top of a mason jar, and allow it to ferment for 3-5 days before enjoying.
*Note: Because this pickle contains sugar, a traditional kimchi ingredient, it will ferment faster than a cucumber pickle would generally do. Don't leave it for too long!
At this point, you can serve the pickles chilled or at room temperature. Cucumber kimchi will keep in the fridge for a couple of weeks.
If you like, this pickle can also be fermented for a short time. Because it contains sugar, it will bubble away faster than you may be used to.
Place the mixture in a pint and a half mason jar and cover the veggie spice mix with a 5% salt brine. You will need to mix up about 1 pint of brine (1 heaping tablespoon of sea salt to 1 pint non-chlorinated water). Leave 1/2" headspace. Screw on a jar-top-fermenter like this Pickle Pipe and ferment.
Taste it after a couple of days, and every day thereafter, to determine the most delicious time to eat it. Usually 3-5 days does the trick nicely; too much longer and it gets soggy.
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