Ferment for health! Ferment for taste! Ferment for radical self-sustainability!
Kimchi is a traditional Korean ferment, a side dish famously eaten on… well, everything. It can be spicy, sweet, garlic-y, red hot, salty, spiced, or any combination of the above. It’s guaranteed to be mouthwatering, however you flavor it.
Traditional ingredients include napa cabbage, cucumber, radish, green onion, garlic and ginger, though most vegetables and fruits can be used. The creation then goes through a fermentation process where microbes transform the mix of spices and vegetables into a flavor-loaded, vitamin-packed, super-good-for-you condiment or side dish. This process takes one to three weeks, exercising your patience. Rest assured, the wait is well worth it.
In this class, we will experiment with a variety of traditional and non-traditional vegetables and spices to create your very own recipe in class. As much produce as possible will be sourced by Edible Alchemy Foods Co-op from local area farmers using sustainable means of agriculture. Other produce used will be organic. We’ll sample a few varieties of kimchi during the class, to help inspire.
Bring home your own kimchi creation, with instructions on how to continue the fermentation process, and a whole bunch of ideas of how to eat your kimchi once finished!
Eco Collective: 2042 W 21st Street, Chicago
instructor: Andrea Mattson-McGaffey
instructor bio:Andrea manages Edible Alchemy Foods Co-operative, a locally & sustainably-focused produce & bulk co-operative. She is quite the fermento- judging Chicago’s Good Food Festival’s Kimchi Challenge in March 2013 and teaching fermentation classes all over the windy city. She also manages the Eco Rooftop garden, teaching workshops to students of all ages. Her passion for food began while studying art at the Art Institute of Chicago, and extended into creating a structure that allows people to learn skills like gardening, composting, cooking, preserving food & using medicinal herbs while developing community bonds with all who cross her path.