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Products to make kimjang easier

Nov 08,2014
Garlic peeler
Did you know that almost all rubber gloves come in red in Korea? This is because the color masks the red-pepper stains that are inevitable in the winter kimchi-making season.

Kimjang, an important seasonal ritual, has inspired the invention of many useful products.

Fleece-lined rubber gloves
Here are three that are incredibly convenient to use when making kimchi.

All images are provided by Coupang, a social commerce website, and are also available to purchase from the website.

Pressure container
Garlic peeler

A huge amount of garlic is used when making kimchi and each clove needs to be peeled.

Just put a handful of cloves inside a garlic peeler and roll the cylindric silicone container back and forth to remove the outer layers.

A garlic peeler costs 2,900 won ($2.60).

Fleece-lined rubber gloves

Along with several kilograms of Napa cabbage, up to 10 different vegetables are used in kimchi, which all have to be washed with cold running water.

To protect the hands, fleece-lined rubber gloves are a must-have. A pair costs 2,500 won.

Pressure container

Ingredients that will undergo fermentation need to be pressed in order to block oxygen from penetrating the food and making the kimchi go bad.

Our ancestors used to use a hefty rock from their front yards to do the job, but Korea has developed into a republic of apartments, meaning it is often difficult to find a stone - let alone one that is big enough.

This is where the pressure container comes in.

There is a plastic slab inside the container that can be adjusted with a screw to easily put pressure on the ingredients.

A 7.4-liter (250-ounce) plastic container with the pressing function costs 14,800 won.






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