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Old 05-14-2013, 12:19 AM   #18
Janet Rosen
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Re: Kimchee

Lorien Lowe wrote: View Post
Janet, what do you mean when you say to 'weight' the cabbage?
It needs to be weighted down to keep it submerged in the brine. I do the brining in a container large enough to hold the cabbage and enough brine to just cover it, wide enough that I can then stack dessert or salad plates and bowls on top of the cabbage to keep the cabbage covered by the liquid. Note that during the hours of brining, a lot of the water within the cabbage will be leaving the cabbage, so you end up with reduced volume of wilted, salty cabbage and a lot more fluid in your container - so plan accordingly when selecting bowl size to avoid overflow.

This is DIFFERENT from weighting when making sauerkraut or dill pickles, where airtightness is also a factor. For this initial brine, nothing wrong with leaving everything unlidded and open to the air.

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