Asparagus Kimchi

Health benefit: Fermented foods are full of probiotics, but in order to keep gut bacteria balanced, you also need prebiotics, or nondigestible carbohydrates that feed probiotics, like the inulin found in asparagus. This makes fermented asparagus a superfood for digestive and immune system health to help keep your body strong and disease-free all winter long.
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Asparagus Kimchi

Asparagus Kimchi

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  • 1 1-qt jarServings

Ingredients

  • 2 bunches asparagus 
 (20 to 25 thin spears)
  • 1 tbsp 
coarsely chopped lemongrass
  • 6 dried Kaffir lime leaves

PASTE

  • 1/2 cup sliced daikon radish
  • 1/2 cup chopped shallots
  • 2 
Thai red chiles, stems removed
  • 2 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1 tbsp peeled and grated ginger
  • 2 tsp 
ground Korean red chile pepper (Gochugaru), or hot paprika powder
  • 1/2 tsp dried coriander

BRINE

  • 1 tbsp sea salt
  • 2 cups filtered water

EQUIPMENT:

  • 1 1-qt 
wide-mouth glass jar with 
lid, sterilized
  • 1 
small glass jar with lid (4 oz or 8 oz), sterilized (NOTE: Jar should be narrow enough to fit inside rim of 1-qt jar.)

Preparation

  1. Trim asaparagus ends, leaving 5-inch-long spears (to fit below rim of 1-qt jars).
  2. To a blender or food processor, add all paste ingredients and process until well combined. (Alternatively, finely mince ingredients and stir to combine.) In a large bowl, toss asparagus spears with paste to coat.
  3. Place lemongrass and lime leaves in the bottom of a 1-qt jar and place asparagus spears on top, ends down, packing them in as tightly as possible. Use a spoon or spatula to pack in any extra paste.
  4. In a large glass measure, stir together brine ingredients until salt dissolves. Pour into jar, leaving 1-inch headspace between surface of liquid and rim of jar.
  5. Place a follower, such as a cabbage leaf, silicone mat or sterilized ceramic weight, on top of kimchi mixture to keep pieces submerged under the liquid while kimchi ferments.
  6. Fill a small jar with water and seal tightly with lid. Place small jar inside 1-qt jar on top of follower to keep mixture submerged in liquid. Place in a shallow bowl or baking sheet to catch overflow and cover with a clean tea towel.
  7. Let ferment for 5 to 8 days in a cool place away from direct sunlight, checking daily to make sure kimchi is submerged and pressing down on weight to release more liquid as needed. Remove weight and follower, seal tightly and refrigerate for up to 12 months.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size: 2 to 3 spears
  • Calories: 22
  • Carbohydrate Content: 4.5 g
  • Fiber Content: 1 g
  • Protein Content: 2 g
  • Sodium Content: 291 mg
  • Sugar Content: 2 g