Frequently Asked Questions
How do you eat Kimchi?
Kimchi is a vegetable condiment. It will compliment any main dish you have by providing that crunchy, acidic, spicy edge to your meal. Tabasco, Sriracha, dill pickles… now make room for Kimchi.
Can you cook with Kimchi?
Kimchi is a great cooking ingredient. Kimchi fried rice, Kimchi stew, and Kimchi pizza are just a few ideas. View more ideas and complete recipes in our Recipes section.
Is Kimchi good for me?
Kimchi is a high-fiber and low-fat food. It will help you lose weight and helps food move smoothly through the intestines with substantial amounts of fiber, preventing intestine-related diseases.
Kimchi is a fermented, wholesome food - what does that mean?
It stays fresh longer, develops new flavor, and creates additional nutrition values.
Kimchi is a true live probiotic food - what does that mean?
Kimchi contains “healthy bacteria” called lactobacilli, that help food digest better and enhance the immune system function. It is far better than probiotic supplements which don’t contain active bacteria. Do you want to know more about probiotic food vs probiotic supplements? Learn more here.
Is Kimchi a raw food?
Yes. It is fermented without any heat processing (pasteurization), and it retains Vitamins A, B, and C plus other valuable nutrients that are usually destroyed by the cooking process.
Does Kimchi have any health benefits?
Kimchi is packed with cancer preventing ingredients. Garlic, onions, scallions, cabbage, and radish. Do a Google search on cancer fighting foods or anti-cancer diet and you’ll find our Kimchi’s ingredients.
How long does Kimchi last?
Kimchi never goes bad, it just gets old. In Korea, 2-3 year old Kimchi is highly valued and eaten as it is or used as an ingredient in the creation of other dishes. Some restaurants in Korea ripen Kimchi for many years on purpose and brag about how old their Kimchi is. However, most Kimchi you find in grocery stores has a 6-month expiration date from the manufacturing date.
Does Kimchi last a long time even after opening?
Kimchi is a naturally fermented raw food, not canned or pasteurized. Keep an open jar refrigerated and enjoy it as often as you would like to.
Does Kimchi go bad if I don’t keep it refrigerated?
It doesn’t go bad but it ferments faster and can create gas and bubbles inside the pouch.
How long do you ferment Kimchi?
Because Kimchi is raw and live, healthy bacteria, Lactobacillus, is always active even as you are eating it. Kimchi ferments all the time.
How does Kimchi taste vinegary without vinegar?
It is lactic-acid from natural fermentation. The biological processes carried out by Lactobacillus and other microorganisms in the kimchi result in the formation of lactic acid. As the amount of lactic acid increases, the pH of the kimchi decreases. In other words, the kimchi becomes acidic due to the increasing amounts of lactic acid.
When I opened my Kimchi, it was very bubbly. Is it okay to eat?
That is the beauty of Kimchi. Our Kimchi is raw and naturally fermented, so the healthy bacteria, lactobacillus, are always live and active. The bubbles or fizziness occurring when opening is from those bacteria actively working and some people call it “Veggie Soda.” There are other fermented products that have the same bubbling fizzy effect such as Champagne, Sauerkraut, and Kombucha.
Doesn’t traditional Korean Kimchi get buried underground?
Yes, but only during the winter time. From the 10th moon of the year, people prepare large quantities of kimchi, to provide nutrition throughout winter and under the ground provides perfect to store Kimchi until early spring next year. Nowadays, not many Koreans burry Kimchi under the ground for a few reasons. It’s easy to find vegetables or buy Kimchi during the wintertime and real estate is very expensive, so not many people have a back yard to bury Kimchi.
About Gochu Jang
What is Gochu jang?
Gochu jang is a fermented hot pepper paste that has a history of over 1,000 years in Korea. It’s a savory, spicy and pungent fermented Korean condiment made from malt, red chili, sweet rice, sea salt, etc.
What do you do with Gochu jang?
There are so many things you can do with Gochu Jang!
Flavor any soup, stew, hot pot, etc.
Make your signature marinade or dipping sauce for chips, BBQ and more.
Make a dressing for salad, noodles, fried chicken.
Add a bit of Gochu jang to your stir-fry.
Rub your vegetables or meat with Gochu jang before roasting them in the oven!
How is our Gochu jang different from others?
We make Gochu Jang from start to end in our San Francisco facility because that’s the only way we can control ingredients and the way of making it. We don’t use wheat, fructose corn syrup, MSG, or any preservatives. We use old school (good & real) ingredients such as sweet rice flour, rice syrup, sea salt, etc. We make Gochu jang the way Korean grandmothers make it, starting with steeping malt in the water. Our Gochu jang is made by specially trained people (not machines) using a pot, wooden paddle, hemp bag, and a thermometer.
What is the best way to store Gochu jang?
We recommend storing Gochu jang in a dark/cool area or preferably refrigerated all the time.
Do you have any good recipes using Gochu jang?
We have several very nice recipes you can try in our Recipes section. Please check back often as we keep posting new recipes.
How long does Gochu jang last once opened?
Our Gochu jang is naturally fermented, so please keep it refrigerated at all times, even before opening.
The color of Gochu jang has changed. Why is that?
As Gochu jang ferments over time, its color may change from bright/light red to deep/dark red. Sometimes the top surface is darker because the top layer has a direct contact with air. In either case, it’s totally fine to enjoy your Gochu jang.
We have bought your Gochu jang several times now and notice the color of your Gochu jang is not always the same. Any reason?
At the point you buy our Gochu jang, it may have been 6 months fermented or 1 year fermented. The color tends to change over time. Also, we make our Gochu jang by hands so the color may be slightly different from batch to batch.
Does the taste of Gochu jang change over time?
It’s a bit like wine. The taste becomes deeper, more complex, and slightly sweeter. The older it gets, the better it tastes!