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“Forgot the sugar in my kimchi”

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  • started 8 months ago by Forest
  1. Hello everybody.
    I made kimchi for the first time, but I forgot to add the sugar.
    Is this necessary for the fermentation process?
    Should I perhaps add some grated apple or pear.
    One large batch is in the fridge ( 2 days old ) and a smaller batch is at room temp.
    Thanks
    Gary

  2. Sugar, fruit or starches like rice flour aren't necessary for the fermentation process.
    The only thing that is needed is; salt (to assure safe fermentation), the right temperature (outside of fridge is fast fermentation, inside of fridge is slow fermentation) and of course the base ingredient which in this case is chinese cabbage.
    For example; another famous fermented cabbage is sauerkraut, and usually only contains salt and cabbage.


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