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Why does my Kimchi container leak?

Pressure inside the container builds due to the fermentation process as the healthy bacteria produce CO2. This can cause a small amount of liquid to leak. A small amount of leakage is expected during transportation and although it is a little messy, it won’t affect your Kimchi. Once you have your Kimchi, we recommend that you open the container at least once a week to relieve the pressure.

How old is my Kimchi?

You can check the age of your Kimchi by finding the ‘Best Before’ date on the container. This is 3 months after the production date.  There will also be a Batch Number on the lid of the container.

How long will my Kimchi stay fresh after I have opened it?

The Kimchi will not spoil but the taste and texture will change after 14 days. Try and finish the Kimchi before this happens or you can cook with it.

Is your Kimchi pasteurised?

Absolutely not! What makes our Kimchi stand out from the crowd is that it is probiotic. The container acts as a mini Eden Project for all the good bacteria in the Kimchi, allowing our Kimchi to become a living food! This way of fermentation has been around for thousands of years. If it ain’t broke…

Why does my Kimchi overflow when I open it for the first time?

This is due to fermentation.  The Kimchi may overflow the first time the container is opened. This is caused by the escaping CO2 pushing Kimchi out. We recommend opening a new container in a bowl on a tea towel or over the sink so any rogue Kimchi doesn’t stain your kitchen table.

Why does my Kimchi taste different since I last bought it?

No two containers of our Kimchi are the same! You may have purchased an older or younger Kimchi previously. The age of the Kimchi determines the flavour and texture of the vegetables. It will become tart as it ages. When it becomes too tart for your taste you should start to cook your Kimchi in soups and stews for an extra special twist.  Our Classic Kimchi is fabulous cooked in almost any way you decide. Kimchi Quesadillas anyone? You can speed up fermentation by leaving your Kimchi at room temperature for 24 hours. 

Can I eat my Kimchi out of the container?

Yes you can, but like a fine wine you should let your Kimchi breathe for 10 minutes before serving for best results.

Can I eat the whole container all in one go?

While that would be some hardcore Kimchi munch, we wouldn’t recommend it due to the salt content. Always follow a well balanced diet and enjoy your Kimchi in moderation.

Can I buy your Kimchi online?

Yes you can! Head on over to our shop to order our Classic Kimchi, DIY Kimchi Kits and DIY Kimchi Kit Refills. New products are added regularly. Subscribe to Love Kimchi News for special offers and discounts.

What else can I make with my Kimchi?

Check out our Kimchi Recipes page for a bunch of tried and tested, quick and easy How-To recipe videos.  You can also head over to our food and travel blog, for loads of amazing Korean recipes to use up your Kimchi.

Is the container recyclable?

Yes, the container is fully recyclable, however we recommend re-using the container as much as possible before recycling as it is dishwasher and microwave safe.

Do I need to ferment your Kimchi?

No. It is a myth that Kimchi needs to be fermented for a long time before you can eat it.  You can eat it straight away or leave it to ferment a little longer. It is really down to personal choice.