Fresh Pepper Kimchi
An easy way to make a local and customizable kimchi!
Servings Prep Time
1quart 30minutes
Servings Prep Time
1quart 30minutes
  1. Start by preparing the napa cabbage: trim the root end and then slice in half length-wise. Turn cabbage cut side down and slice thinly cross-wise. Weigh the prepared cabbage and add 3.5% salt by weight (see story above for more details). My trimmed cabbage weighed 1 pound 6 ounces to which I added 1 tablespoon plus 1/2 teaspoon canning salt. Massage the cabbage and salt together until the cabbage has wilted and it has released it’s moisture. Set aside.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients to a food processor, starting with 2 tablespoons of vinegar, adding more if necessary, to create a pesto-like paste. Add paste to the cabbage and mix well to combine.
  3. Pack into a quart-sized canning jar by adding a small amount of the cabbage mixture at a time and packing down with the back of a large spoon before repeating the process. Run a skewer around the jar to release any air bubbles. Weigh down the cabbage to ensure it is completely submerged under the liquid (see story above for more details).
  4. Set aside to ferment – the time will depend on the temperature of your space along with your taste preferences. Taste it often to decide when it is finished (I let mine ferment for 1 week). Transfer to the refrigerator and eat within a couple of months.
Recipe Notes

The pepper paste is adapted from Gjelina: Cooking From Venice, California.