Klosin’ Out the Year with Kimchi!

In an effort to marry my love of food with my passion for ranting about plastic, and to end 2017 on a yummy high note, I give you:

Kimchi.

Yes. Kimchi!

Sure, you can buy it in giant plastic tubs at grocery stores the world over, and yes, it will no doubt be tasty, but you guys!

It is so cheap, and so simple to make. Plus, it’s a cure-all. Having a bad day? Make some kimchi. Pissed off at the state of the current US White House Administration? Squeeze the bejesus out of some kimchi. Need to meditate more? Kimchi! And it goes without saying, but I’ll say it anyway…anything packaged in glass is, in my mind, way more delish than something shrouded in a veil of polyethylene terephthalate.

Other benefits:

  • The main ingredients (Napa cabbage, carrots, daikon radish) can typically be found at farmers markets this time of year. Local produce! Hooray!
  • All the other ingredients can be found at any grocery store, large or small. Psst: supporting small, one-of-a-kind grocers is kind of cool. Just sayin’.
  • The glass. The glass! You could pick up a flat of brand-spankin new Ball jars or you could hit up the nearest thrift store and get 3 for $.75 like I did. Either way, I will love you forever and your kimchi will, too. Because it has feelings. πŸ˜†
  • Your gut will be so stoked to receive all the amazing benefits from this fermented delight. Google it, and trust. The stinkiness is worth it!

So what are you waiting for? There’s only one day left in 2017. Are you going to spend it sitting around wishing you had gotten your hands on some homemade kimchi? Or are you going to go out, get the stuff, and squeeze some cabbage in celebration of a new year?

In case you need a boost, check out my go-to recipe. Let me know what you think!

I made mine 4 days ago (thank you fermentation!), so I’ll be coasting into 2018 with a happy gut and a plastic-feee stash of colorful yumminess. πŸ€“ Cheers to the new year!

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