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Grown and handmade in Minnesota.

You Betcha Kimchi was started by Iman Mefleh and Joe Silberschmidt, two aspiring farmers, in the fall of 2013. The vision was to make a tasty Minnesota take on kimchi using all local vegetables. We began by chopping cabbage in the laughably little kitchen of our apartment and raising the eyebrows of our neighbors with kimchi’s formidable aroma during its fermentation. The project quickly outgrew it’s pot, so we replanted at CityFoodStudio in South Minneapolis, a community kitchen we share with many exceptional food entrepreneurs. After a year of growing many of the veggies ourselves, we’ve now found local sources for all our vegetables, even our ginger, and have built on strong partnerships with Minnesota and Wisconsin organic farms. We are proud of our product and hand-make each batch ourselves. It’s currently available at CityFoodStudio, Linden Hills Co-op, The Herbivorous Butcher, River Market Co-op, Coalition Restaurant, The Northeast Farmer’s Market and we’re keeping our eyes peeled for new ways to get our kimchi on more plates.

FAQ

Everything you ever wanted to know about kimchi!

What is kimchi?

Kimchi is originally Korean and it is used as a condiment with almost every meal. In Korean, kimchi simply means “salting of vegetables” and it is their national dish as they’ve been eating it for some 1400 years. While cabbage is usually the base, there are hundreds of varieties of kimchi with bases from radishes to watermelon rinds. Our recipe is tailored to the Minnesotan palate and growing climate. We use raw, fermented cabbage, radish, carrots, onion, garlic, ginger and chilies. We often describe it as Korean sauerkraut. We use it as a condiment on almost everything, though it does go great as a side salad or post-meal digestive aid.

What do you eat it with?

An incredible question. Here’s a short list:
Everything

Here’s a slightly less short list:

  • Brats and Hotdogs
  • Eggs and Breakfast Scrambles/Omelets
  • Burgers
  • Reubens
  • Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
  • Potato Salad
  • Pizza (seriously)
  • Tacos
  • Soups and Stews
  • Avocado (take out the pit, fill it with kimchi)
  • Stir-fry
  • Rice and Beans
  • Pork Sliders
  • Short-Ribs
  • Tempeh Bakes
  • Kimchi Fried Rice
  • Ramen
  • Straight outta the jar

Also the kimchi juice is great for cooking (though you’ll kill the probiotics), to drink for a major immune boost, or as a Bloody Mary mixer.

How is your kimchi made?

We use all organically grown vegetables in our kimchi. The vegetables are chopped and then fermented in a salt water brine for about a week. Because the vegetables are submerged in the brine, it creates an environment for certain bacteria to thrive, which are the fermenting agents. The process of fermentation gives kimchi its sour flavor, yet no vinegar is used! Once the kimchi is fermented, we pack it into jars and refrigerate them to slow down the fermentation process.

How should I store my kimchi?

Kimchi should be refrigerated to preserve the taste and prevent any spoiling. When we ferment the kimchi, we keep a close eye on it to make sure all the vegetables are submerged under the weights and brine. You may be a fermenter yourself, but to stay on the safe side, please keep our product refrigerated.

How long does kimchi keep?

Properly refrigerated, it will last for a year in the fridge.

Isn’t Kimchi really healthy?

Yup. Health.com listed kimchi as one of the top 5 healthiest foods in the world. Not only are there many healthy organic vegetables in there packed with a variety of vitamins and minerals, the raw fermentation creates loads of probiotic bacteria which are essential for a healthy digestive system. Here at You Betcha Kimchi, we feel great.

Is it vegan?

Yes! While many traditional recipes use fish sauce and/or shrimp paste, ours uses simply veggies, salt and water. It’s vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, raw, probiotic, lacto-fermented, organically made, and all sorts of other adjectives such as fun and kind to others.

Where do you make your kimchi?

We make our kimchi at a shared commercial kitchen called City Food Studio in south Minneapolis. City Food Studio is open to the public year-round every Tuesday night from 5pm-8pm and every Saturday morning from 9am-1pm. You Betcha Kimchi is always available for sale there as well as amazing foods from other local businesses like ours.

Are your vegetables really all from Minnesota?

In 2015, most of our vegetables came from Garden Farme in Ramsey (MN), Seven Songs Farm in Kenyon (MN), Hungry Turtle Co-op in Amery, WI and Growing Lots Urban Farm in Minneapolis (MN). We occasionally buy from farmer’s markets. We try to produce as much kimchi as possible while local vegetables are in season because there is just no substitute for fresh, local vegetables even, or especially, though we ferment them.

In 2016, we have expanded our network of local, organic farms and know how important it is to support local economies and good environmental stewardship. Even with our expanded network, there have been times when we’ve run out of a certain ingredient and had to supplement organic veggies from out of state. It’s rare, but when it happens we label our jars to remind you to please welcome the out-of-towners.

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8 more days! Pizza on the Farm: Growing Lots Fall Fundraiser is Thursday October 6th from 4-7pm. Can't wait!! ... See MoreSee Less

2 days ago  ·  

It's a double farmer's market weekend for You Betcha Kimchi! Saturday morning we're at the Northeast Minneapolis Farmers Market and Sunday we're doing a guest spot at the Linden Hills Farmers Market with Totally Baked Donuts! Donuts and kimchi?! A match made in heaven... ... See MoreSee Less

1 week ago  ·  

We're not at the Northeast Minneapolis Farmers Market this week, but we will be next door at the Eastside Food Co-op Ribbon Cutting Celebration this morning! Come celebrate the newly revamped co-op with local foods, drinks, games, and live music! We'll be on sale today and all week long at Eastside. ... See MoreSee Less

2 weeks ago  ·  

See you at the Excelsior Farmers' Market today from 2-6! ... See MoreSee Less

2 weeks ago  ·  

Guess who's back at the Excelsior Farmers' Market with Coalition Restaurant today!? Yup. It's another You Betcha Kimchi FREE TACO day!! FREE AMAZING, UNSTOPPABLE DELICIOUS KOREAN TACOS!! You gotta try these things and pick up a jar of kimchi to try for yourself. See you there from 2-6pm tonight! ... See MoreSee Less

1 month ago  ·  

You Betcha Kimchi is hiring help for our production team this fall! Are you or somebody you know interested in working one day a week with an awesome food start up? Email info@youbetchakimchi.com with a cover letter for more information. ... See MoreSee Less

1 month ago  ·  

See you at the Northeast Minneapolis Farmers Market! We're there this morning from 9-1! ... See MoreSee Less

2 months ago  ·  

Excited to partner with Coalition Restaurant at the Excelsior Farmers' Market today to serve tasty Korean tacos! We'll be there from 2-6 this afternoon, come grab some of the best tacos in town! ... See MoreSee Less

2 months ago  ·  

No farmers market today friends! We will be at the Excelsior market this Tuesday and Northeast Minneapolis next Saturday. Hope to see you then! ... See MoreSee Less

2 months ago  ·  

Last day of our $2 off sale at Eastside Food Co-op today! ... See MoreSee Less

2 months ago  ·  

On sale now at Eastside Food Co-op: You Betcha Kimchi! Through August 2nd, our kimchi is $2 off per pint! Also, we will be at the Northeast Minneapolis Farmers Market this Saturday and will NOT be at the Excelsior Farmers' Market today! Reminder to our friends that we do every other week at each of those markets. We are always available at Linden Hills Co-op, Butter Bakery Cafe, River Market Community Co-op, The Herbivorous Butcher, Harvest Moon Natural Foods, Coalition Restaurant, and CityFoodStudio. ... See MoreSee Less

2 months ago  ·  

Holy cannoli! Look at this beauty from the brilliance of Totally Baked Donuts! Savory jalapeño donut with Tempeh Tantrum bacon, local sweet peppers and You Betcha Kimchi on the side. When we say kimchi goes with everything, we mean it. Yum!! ... See MoreSee Less

3 months ago  ·