Chinese cabbage, Napa
scallions, cut into 2-inch lengths, then slivered
1 1/2 tablespoons
minced ginger, fresh
2 tablespoons korean red pepper powder or 1 1/2 tablespoons
crushed red pepper flakes
- Dissolve the 3 tablespoons salt in the water.
- Cut the cabbage into cut into 2-inch squares.
- Put the cabbage into a large bowl, a crock, or a nonreactive pot, and pour the brine over it.
- Weight the cabbage down with a plate.
- Let the cabbage stand for 12 hours.
- Drain the cabbage, reserving the brine.
- Mix the cabbage with the remaining ingredients, including the 1 teaspoon salt.
- Pack the mixture into a 2-quart jar.
- Pour enough of the reserved brine over the cabbage to cover it.
- Push a freezer bag into the mouth of the jar, and pour the remaining brine into the bag. Seal the bag.
- Let the kimchi ferment in a cool place, at a temperature no higher than 68° F, for 3 to 6 days, until the kimchi is as sour as you like.
- Remove the brine bag, and cap the jar tightly.
- Store the kimchi in the refrigerator, where it will keep for months.