Fermentation 101: How to Make Your Own Kimchi, Hot Sauce, and More

July 31, 2015

When summer comes around, we try to find ways to make it last forever. So every day this week, we’ll bring you a new guide to preserving the season’s best herbs, fruits, and vegetables. Today: Ferment your way to homemade kimchi, hot sauce, and more.

Fermenting produces some of the best flavor thanks to microbiology. It’s the process that turns cabbage into sauerkraut and cucumbers into sour pickles. Vegetables are brined in a solution that attracts the bacteria that produce lactic acid, which is what helps develop that wonderful funk.

What Can I Ferment?

Cabbage is popular because…