Let me tell you. I miss ginger. But I don’t miss the pain. As it turns out I am incredibly allergic to the lovely root which was a big bummer as it filled half my pantry. I literally had to mourn the loss of it. I’m not joking. I actually CRIED. I thought I couldn’t make a kimchi without ginger but lately I have been fed up with being food frustrated so I’ve gone a bit more creative. The Tasmanian pepperberries I used bring a lovely flavor and kick… I wasn’t going to post this because I had to have my sister in law mail them to me from Australia but then I found a company in the US that carries them!!!!! (Links below)
Shockingly, this recipe still had all the key notes I missed from kimchi. So here it is. Apologies that my posts have been late. I have been food sad. Laugh. Out. Loud.
- 1 Napa Cabbage, quartered and chopped
- 1/2 onion, quartered
- 1 bunch green onions, chopped into 1″ pieces
- 2-3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
- 3 Tbsp pink salt, divided
- 3-4 carrots, peeled and rinsed (2-3 purple carrots for color!)
- 1 small beet/beetroot, thinly sliced (optional, for color)
- 1 small daikon radish or 3-4” section (about 1 cup sliced)
- 1 large green apple, diced
- 1 Tbsp Coconut Aminos
- 1/4 cup water (to puree apple & onion)
- 1-2 Tbsp black peppercorns or black lampong peppercorns
- 1-2 Tbsp sichuan/Szechwan peppercorns
- 1-2 Tbsp green peppercorns
- 1-2 Tbsp Tasmanian Pepperberries (Tasmanian Mountain Berry)
- Gallon jar with or without airlock or a 2 quart jar (I use a giant pickle jar for this)
- fermenting weight(s)
- Sanitize a large 68oz jar or two roughly 2 liter jars and fermenting weights in the oven at 180ºF for 5 minutes.
- Wash and quarter cabbage lengthwise, then chop to desired length. Thicker is more authentic (about 1 inch), but I chopped mine to about a half inch. Place in a large bowl, toss with 2 Tablespoons Pink salt and set aside for at least 30 minutes to an hour for it to begin to ferment.
- Slice the radish in sticks and set aside.
- Peel and slice the carrots in rounds or sticks and set aside.
- Thinly slice the little beetroot and set aside.
- Halve the onion and quarter it, reserving for the blender.
- Chop the tops off the green onions/scallions and cut off the whites. Reserve the whites for the paste and chop the greens in one inch sections.
- Quarter or dice the apple so the blender can handle it.
- In the blender add the apple, onion scallion whites, peppercorns, 1 Tbsp pink salt with the water and coconut aminos. Blend until smooth.
- Rinse the cabbage, drain and then add all the ingredients to the large bowl and toss together.
- Carefully scoop the mixture into the sanitized jars and beat down with a wooden spoon or french rolling pin until you have at least 2″ space at the top and the liquid from the cabbage and pepper mixture cover the top. Set the fermenting weights or a ziplock full of water (sealed) and close the lid.
- Leave for a week or so to culture fully.