Baby Courgette Kimchi Recipe | Ferment Pickle Dry

I recently reviewed new cookery book release, Ferment Pickle Dry. This lovely book by Simon Poffley and Gaba Smolinksa-Poffley shares a wide selection of recipes for preserving food by fermenting, pickling and drying. More unusually, the book also provides ‘partner recipes’ that showcase how the preserves can best be put to use in your cooking.

Two lucky readers can win their own copy of Ferment Pickly Dry in my giveaway but everyone can enjoy these delicious kimchi recipes from the book, which publishers Frances Lincoln have given me permission to share with you.

Ferment Pickle Dry cover  Ferment Pickle Dry Baby Courgette Kimchi

Book cover, carrot kimchi (left) and baby courgette kimchi (right) – images by Kim Lightbody

Baby Courgette (Zucchini) Kimchi

Extracted from Ferment Pickle Dry by Simon Poffley and Gaba Smolinksa-Poffley

Prep 20 min
Ready 3–4 days
Makes approx 500ml/18fl oz jar

Ingredients
8–9 baby courgettes (zucchini)
60g/2¼oz/¼ cup coarse sea salt (pure, without iodine or anti-caking agent)
Paste
1½ bunches spring onions (scallions) or 1 leek, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, very finely chopped
1cm/½in piece of ginger, skin scraped off and grated (1 tsp)
7 tbsp gochugaru (Korean chilli flakes) or dried chilli flakes
1-2 tbsp sea salt
1 tsp sugar

Method

  • Cut the courgettes lengthways 3–4 times, but don’t cut them all the way through. Rub the salt into the cuts.
  • Place the courgettes in a bowl and pour in enough water to cover.
  • Leave to soak for about 1 hour, then rinse them well.
  • Place all the ingredients for the paste in a bowl and mix with a fork.
  • Work the paste into the cuts in the courgettes, then pack the courgettes upright into a large sterilised jar and seal with the lid
  • Leave to stand at room temperature overnight, then transfer to the fridge and leave to chill for 2–3 days before eating.
  • This can be stored in the fridge for up to 3 weeks.

 

This recipe extract was published with permission from Frances Lincoln. Ferment Pickle Dry is currently available from Amazon UK for £16.59 (RRP £20).

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12 Comments to "Baby Courgette Kimchi Recipe | Ferment Pickle Dry"

  1. Gingey Bites

    I’d love to win this book as I’m a kimchi monster and love making it. I’ve not made this version but I have all the ingredients so will give it a whirl!

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  2. Sarah, Maison Cupcake

    My mouth is watering thinking about this, it sounds so much easier to make than I imagined – I thought kimchi had to be buried in a hole in the garden for 3 months?! I think my making this version is more realistic!

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    kaveyeats

    There are both aged and fresh kimchis, the aged ones ferment and become funky and a little sour.

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  3. Katie Bryson

    Wow this sounds so delicious and would be a fab thing to make for my book group who I’m hosting at the end of the month. I think they’re expecting great things from the snacks so this will be perfect thanks!!!!!

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  4. kaveyeats

    Yes it’s a simpler cleaner flavours version. I do like the funky flavours of the seafood ingredients but this one better fit veggies!

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  5. Elizabeth

    This sounds rather intriguing! I really ought to branch out more like this and experiment with different flavours. Love the sound of this!

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  6. Camilla

    Love the sound of this recipe as I still haven’t tried Kimchi which hubby raved about after trying it in a restaurant in a Korean restaurant in New Malden.

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