Kimchi How to make and Keep it


I found two similar recipes for it and my hubby has found an amazing way to store it since we can’t get the actual Korean Kimchi storer from Tupperware.  We came up with the next best item from Tupperware.

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This is an 8 1/2 cup or 2 L container

http://www.trifood.com/kimchi.asp

Kimchi is a national Korean dish consisting of fermented chili peppers and vegetables, usually based on cabbage. It is suspected that the name kimchi originated from shimchae (salting of vegetable) which went through some phonetic changes: shimchae > dimchae > kimchae >kimchi.Common ingredients include Chinese cabbage, radish, garlic, red pepper, spring onion, ginger, salt, and sugar. While kimchi is generally identified internationally as Chinese cabbage fermented with a mixture of red pepper, garlic, ginger, and salted fish sauce, several types of kimchi exists, including regional and seasonal variations. There are variants, includingkkakdugi, based on radish and containing no cabbage.

Kimchi has been cited by Health Magazine as one of the world’s five “healthiest foods”, with the claim that it is rich in vitamins, aids digestion, and may even prevent cancer. The health properties of kimchi are due to a variety of factors. It is usually made with cabbage, onions, and garlic, all of which have well-known health benefits. It also has active and beneficial bacterial cultures, like yogurt. Lastly, kimchi contains liberal quantities of red chili peppers (gochugaru) which has been suggested to have health benefits as well.

The best tasting kimchi is stored in room temperature for an average of six months to reach its full flavor.  It is a popular side dish but is also often used as an ingredient in cooking other popular Korean dish, including kimchi chigae (kimchi soup) and kimchi bokumbop (kimchi fried rice).

Fun fact: Like the McDonald’s University of Hamburgers in Illinois, US, there is a Kimchi Research Institute located in Pusan National University, South Korea.

RECIPE INGREDIENTS
  • Head of Napa cabbage – about one pound
  • ¼-⅓ cup red chili pepper flakes
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp minced ginger
  • 3-4 green onions, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons anchovy or fish sauce (optional)
  • ½ yellow onion
  • ½ ripe apple
  • ½ ripe Korean pear
  • Sea salt
  • Water
COOKING DIRECTIONS
  1. Separate cabbage leaves and chop into bite-size pieces.
  2. Dissolve a quarter cup of sea salt in a bowl of warm water then pour salt water over cabbage leaves. Give cabbage a gentle toss to distribute salt water. Allow salted cabbage to sit for at least four hours.
  3. Give cabbage a good rinse to remove excess salt then transfer cabbage to a large bowl.
  4. Combine a quarter cup of fine red chili pepper flakes with warm water, stir gently with a spoon to create a red chili paste, then transfer chili paste to cabbage.
  5. Add minced garlic, minced ginger, green onions, and fish sauce.
  6. Blend yellow onion, apple, and pear with one cup of water, then add this natural sweetener to the cabbage.
  7. Put on a pair of plastic gloves and give everything a thorough toss and rubdown. You want to evenly distribute all ingredients, especially the red chili paste.
  8. Transfer seasoned cabbage leaves into a large glass bottle. Be sure to use firm pressure with your hands to push down on cabbage leaves as they stack up inside the bottle.
  9. Transfer any liquid that accumulated during the mixing process into the bottle as well – this liquid will become kimchi brine. Some liquid will also come out of the cabbage leaves as you press down on them as they are stacked in the bottle.
  10. Be sure to leave about 2 inches of room at the top of the bottle before capping it tightly with a lid. Allow bottle of kimchi to sit at room temperature for at least 24 hours.
  11. Refrigerate and take out portions as needed. The refrigerated kimchi will continue to ferment slowly in the refrigerator over time. So long as you use clean utensils to take out small portions, it will keep for up to a month in your refrigerator.

http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Spicy-Cabbage-Kimchi/Detail.aspx?prop24=RD_NextRecipe

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Serves: 56 change »

Prep Time: 1 Hour

Ready In: 4 Days 7 Hours

Ingredients
 2 heads Napa cabbage
  • 1 1/4 cups sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 5 green onions, chopped
  • 1/2 small white onion, minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 5 tablespoons Korean chile powder
Directions
1.
Cut the cabbages in half lengthwise and trim the ends. Rinse and cut into pieces about 2 inch square. Place the cabbage into large resealable bags and sprinkle salt on the leaves so they are evenly coated. Use your hands to rub the salt in to the leaves. Seal the bags and leave at room temperature for 6 hours.
2.
Rinse the salt from the cabbage leaves and then drain and squeeze out any excess liquid. Place the cabbage in a large container with a tight fitting lid. Stir in the fish sauce, green onions, white onion, garlic, sugar and ginger. Sprinkle the Korean chile powder over the mixture. Wear plastic gloves to protect your hands and rub the chile powder into the cabbage leaves until evenly coated. Seal the container and set in a cool dry place. Leave undisturbed for 4 days. Refrigerate before serving, and store in the refrigerator for up to 1 month (if it lasts that long!).

Enjoy the Kimchi and keep it fresh

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Since Pasta Salad was Finished, Here is an Easy to Make Dinner


Thought I would do an easy to make dinner to go with it of something that I knew would get hubby away from the computer and come into kitchen with his nose leading the way…

Smart Steamer to the Rescue

This is a great must have in any kitchen…Dr. Oz was smart to endorse this on his December segment…wish I had been in that audience cause I did not get a free one like they did…

Frozen Peas Any Brand

Tilapia

I do not even notice what brand as I shop for the ingredient list so that it is strictly that item in the bag due to allergies…

Sesame Oil

This is the only way that my hubby will eat peas and I make sure to place the peas above the fish so the sesame oil drips onto the fish prior to going into the water…adds a little flavor and activates the garlic and seasonal on the fish….

The water afterwards

The water is the only place that the microwave hit in this Smart Steamer the food is untouched by them.

Dinner is served

Hope you enjoy and the Smart Steamer goes right into the microwave along with the plates and forks…easy clean up…

 

Spinach & Basil Pasta Salad Made Easy


Of course I use the new pasta cooker from Tupperware that makes my life easier http://www.emanthetupperwareman.com   so I do not have a ton of pots to clean up later or a colander since it is all in one so I sort of skip those two steps… This original recipe called for bow-tie macaroni which I would have loved to have made it with but was out…so I had to settle for spirals…

Pasta Salad

16 oz or two cups of pasta

6 0z of spinach leaves or 1 pkg of frozen chopped spinach thawed

2 cups of fresh basil leaves (I thought this was a little excessive so I added less)

1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil (or what you have) I am certain it won’t tell if it was not extra virgin

3 cloves of garlic minced or equivalent in jar

4 oz or 1/2 cup of prosciutto or bacon, diced

salt and ground black or white pepper to taste

3/4 cup (freshly) grated Parmesan cheese

(Optional) 1/2 cup toasted pine nuts…I do not add due to people having allergies…

I added a small amount of Italian Dressing as it seemed dry

Check out my video to start and stop this at your leisure so that you can dance while making  and enjoy seeing how it is made prior to making.