Posts Tagged ‘Beets’

Everything-But-the-Kitchen-Sink Kimchi

I love kimchi.  This, however, is not real kimchi.  It’s a nod to the spicy, stinky, probiotic goodness and an experiment in using what’s on hand.  It’s a riff on my homemade kimchi recipe.  We had such a huge harvest list in this week’s CSA that I’m just incorporating the things that would otherwise go to the chickens.  And the ladies have enough pasture right now.

  • 1 head bok choy
  • 1 bunch beet greens
  • 1 bunch kohlrabi greens
  • 1 tablespoon kosher or coarse sea salt
  • 1 garlic bulb with greens (Use the garlic cloves like normal; wash out the greens and cut into 2″ pieces to make food processing easier)
  • 1″ piece peeled fresh ginger
  • 1/4 cup paprika
  • 1 Tbsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/8 cup soy sauce
  • 1 can anchovies, oil drained (if you’re into the raw food thing, use raw oysters)
  • 1/2 cup 1-inch pieces scallions (greens and whites)
  • 1/2 cup julienned carrots and/or daikon radish (optional)

Remove and wash the leafy veg.  Slice the leaves into long strips.  Sprinkle with salt and toss.  Leave out to wilt on the counter covered for approximately 24 hours.

In a food processor, add the garlic, ginger, peppers, soy sauce, and anchovies.  Process until it becomes a paste.  Toss the paste with the cabbage, scallions, and carrots.

For a more pungent flavor, allow this to ferment in a cool place (<68F) in your lactic fermentation crock for approximately 24 hours.  Otherwise pack it into sealed glass jars and store in the refrigerator.  The kimchi will be ready to eat in as little as 1 day, but is better when it starts to bubble with the probiotic fermentation process.  It’ll keep in the refrigerator for months and is a great way to extend the shelf life of veggies.

Here’s the first step of veg + salt…

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And the next day, packed and ready for the refrigerator:

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Pickling my Share

You can pickle anything.

I think.

But I know you can pickle crunchy vegetables.  Chop up the veg and put them into a clean glass jar.  You can recycle an old tomato sauce jar if you have it.  Then boil the brine and pour it over them. Add boiling water to top (about 1 cup).  Experiment with cut up pieces of beetroot, kohlrabi, green beans, daikon radish, carrots, peppers, cauliflower, and of course, cucumbers.  They can be ready to eat by the next day.  They keep in the refrigerator for months and develop more of the pickling flavor with time.  This makes enough brine for 2-24oz. ball jars.

  • Pickling Veggies cut into pieces, slices, or sticks to your preference
  • 2 cups white vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp salt
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 Tbsp Spices (This can be dill fronds and dill seeds for classic flavors or spice it up with the addition of hot peppers or go crazy with some Indian curry… the sky is the limit, but try to use whole spices.  If you must use ground, reduce the amount to under a tsp and allow them to settle to the bottom of the jar.)

This time I used a red beet and a “candy cane” beet with a hot pepper brine in one jar (right).  The other jar (left) is a curried pickle containing a golden beet, a kohlrabi bulb, and a few pieces of the candy candy beet that didn’t fit in the first jar.

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