Kimchi and Sauerkraut Coming to Mount Salem Kitchen Shelves
Since ancient times, autumn has been a period of harvest. But the same problem with harvest has always remained – it’s the time when fruits of our labor begin to rot.
For centuries, though, people have been combatting that issue with fermentation, which allows produce to be preserved for months, if not years. Here at Mount Salem Kitchen, we’re master preservers, starting with our wine, to sauerkraut, and even kimchi – the latter two of which will be for sale this fall at our farm.
At first glance, these three items don’t seem to have much in common. But in reality, all three are fermented delicacies, created through a natural process which results in a product with a long shelf life and a great taste.
Both kimchi and sauerkraut are, quite literally, fermented cabbage. The process to create it is the same – the only differences are the types of cabbage used and the seasonings used.
Since we focus on Central European products, we’re thrilled to soon offer sauerkraut to our visitors this fall. Made with our own farm-grown cabbage and fermented in the Austrian style – meaning that is seasoned a bit more than most industrial, store-packaged sauerkraut – it’s a world away from commodity-level sauerkraut you would find a grocery store.
We first made kimchi over 10 years ago when it was still a bit obscure. Being that we have traveled extensively through Asia and worked with many Koreans, we learned a lot about kimchi and it soon came full circle – cabbage, salt, seasonings, time, and – viola – magic.
Our kimchi is classic Korean-style – Nappa cabbage with dakon, salted, and then slathered in a paste of Korean chili, dried shrimp or fish sauce (sometimes both), shredded pepper and scallions. Soon, we’ll offer our homemade kimchi for sale in limited quantities at Mount Salem Kitchen, so when it’s gone, it’s gone.
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This autumn, celebrate the harvest season with Mount Salem Kitchen by trying our fermented foods made from the fruits of our own labor.
Keep watch on our social media pages and websites in the coming weeks for details on how you can get a jar or kimchi or sauerkraut.