Item: Mama O's Kimchi Paste
Price: $19.95 (set of two 6-ounce jars)
Overall Impression: Mama O's Kimchi Paste removes all the guesswork (and a good amount of actual work) from making the perfect batch of kimchi.
Kimchi is such a wonder-food. Its flavor profile is pretty versatile — I use it in place of hot sauce and salsa with all kinds of different meals. A scoop of kimchi on my morning eggs? Next to grilled chicken thighs? Stirred into braised greens for a kick of spice and salt? Yes, please!
I'd never made kimchi at home before receiving this jar of kimchi paste, and my home fermentation experience was previously limited to kombucha, sourdough starter, and water kefir. Fermenting vegetables is a whole other ball game, but it's really not so hard once you understand the basics.