The popularity of fermented foods is on the rise, and with it, kimchi has found its place as a favorite on many menus around the world. It is a fermented vegetable dish that originated in Korea and is now a staple of all Korean foods.
Kimchi – The Korean Superfood
Kimchi is made best with cabbage of the Napa variety. But, you will find over 100 variations of kimchi made with cucumber, pumpkin, and a lot more, depending on each region’s take on the dish.
When it comes to flavor, kimchi has a complex flavor profile that includes sour, spicy, and umami (a pleasant savory taste). The flavor profile also depends on the vegetables you choose, the fermentation process’s time length and the quantity of sugar or salt used.
The fermentation process imparts a tangy flavor to the kimchi, which is similar to sauerkraut.
Why Is Kimchi So Popular?
Kimchi has been named as one of the healthiest foods in the world. This is because kimchi is filled with Vitamin A, B, C, antioxidants and probiotics.
Moreover, this superfood has been linked with healthier skin, weight loss, and excellent digestive health. It is also believed that kimchi plays a massive role in preventing heart diseases and even diabetes.
How To Make Traditional Kimchi?
Kimchi is prepared in two stages. In one stage, you salt the cabbage, add cool water to cover the cabbage, and dissolve the salt. Drain the cabbage and add more vegetables such as daikon radish or green onion to the cabbage.
After that, you need to make the chili paste by combining garlic, ginger, fish sauce, sugar, and red pepper flakes and pulse it to a chunky paste.
Mix the chili paste into the bowl of vegetables and mix until well-combined. Put the kimchi in mason jars and add the brine in the jar to cover the cabbage with liquid completely.
The second stage is the start of the fermentation process that converts all the sugars into lactic acid, imparting a pungent taste to the kimchi. It needs to be stored at room temperature for at least 2 to 5 days after checking if the cabbage has become soft. Then you can eat it and store it in the fridge.
Mouthwatering kimchi takes time so we have developed an amazing tasting easy prep for kimchi, in just 1 step.
Mrs. Wages ® 1 Step Kimchi Flavored Mix ™
With our new 1 Step Kimchi Mix ™ you can skip the long fermentation process. You can get right to enjoying this delicious dish sooner than the traditional kimchi process. This 1 Step Kimchi Mix ™ enables you to enjoy kimchi quickly, making it a staple for family dinners when you are pushed to cook a delicious meal instantly. Mrs. Wages’ Kimchi Mix doesn’t have preservatives, artificial flavors or gluten.
Besides, you get to enjoy flavorful kimchi that tastes just as good as the one that goes through the entire fermentation process. And you can have it instantly whenever the craving hits you.
This Kimchi Mix is a 1-step preparation. All you need to do is select the cabbage or vegetable of your choice, cut it, put it in a jar and pour Mrs. Wages ® 1 Step Kimchi Mix ™ into the jar. Secure the lid of the jar and keep it refrigerated for 24 hours to get the best results.
The mix has the traditional flavor profile of kimchi and its classic chili pepper taste, which means that making kimchi has never been easier, quicker and fun.
Pair it with tacos, burritos, rice, or combine it with recipes like kimchi fried rice, kimchi soup, scallion kimchi.
If you don’t have the time to wait for kimchi to ferment, Mrs. Wages’ 1 Step Kimchi Flavored Mix™ is the answer.