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Grown and handmade in Minnesota.

You Betcha Kimchi is a Minnesota grown business started by Iman Mefleh and Joe Silberschmidt, a young vibrant couple with a passion for bold fermented flavors and sustainable agriculture. These entrepreneurs began with the vision of a tasty Minnesotan take on kimchi using all locally grown, organic veggies. And so it began in 2013 by chopping cabbage in the laughably little kitchen of their south Minneapolis apartment, raising the eyebrows of neighbors with kimchi’s formidable aroma. Friends and family, then friends of friends, then farmer’s markets began to catch the kimchi fever. The project quickly outgrew its pot and as You Betcha grew, so did its partnerships with local farmers. After a year of growing the veggies themselves, Iman and Joe now work directly with Minnesota and Wisconsin organic farms and this direct sourcing allows them to ensure the highest quality ingredients and lend the fullest possible support to local farmers. Even the ginger is local which means that it’s never cured and has an unmistakably signature zing. You Betcha Kimchi is proud of their product and hand-make each and every batch themselves. It’s currently available at several co-ops, restaurants, and farmers markets across the Upper Midwest 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 and a little extra!

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
  • Peanut Butter Sammies (Think of it with pad thai. Trust us, it works.)
  • Potato Salad
  • Pizza (seriously)
  • Tacos
  • Soups and Stews
  • Avocado (take out the pit, fill it with kimchi)
  • Stir-fry
  • Pad Thai
  • 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 upon purchase (do not wait until you open it) 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 at least one year in the fridge. Check the made on date on your jar to make sure it’s still good.

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 and overall wellness. In fact, 80% of your serotonin (the chemical which is most responsible for our wellbeing and happiness) is produced in your gut. Here at You Betcha Kimchi, we feel great.

Is it vegan?

Yes! While many traditional kimchi 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 and processing center called The Good Acre City in Falcon Heights near the State Fair Grounds. The Good Acre frequently holds cooking and food/agriculture-related classes, check them out at www.thegoodacre.org. We are proud to hand make every batch there alongside many amazing local food and farmer entrepreneurs.

Are your vegetables really all from Minnesota?

In 2016, most of our vegetables came from Sogn Valley Farm in Cannon Falls (MN), Seven Songs Farm in Kenyon (MN), Seeds Farm in Northfield (MN), Good Turn Farm in Amery (WI), Hungry Turtle Co-op in Amery (WI) and Growing Lots Urban Farm in Minneapolis (MN). We occasionally buy from local farmer’s markets or Co-op Partners Warehouse in Saint Paul. 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.

We are always working to expand 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.

Why is your kimchi so expensive?

Well there’s a lot of reasons we can’t sell our product for $2.99 a jar. You Betcha Kimchi is as much a mission as it is a business. We founded this company as a means to support local Minnesota agriculture. We use the finest organic ingredients because it makes the best product and supports local farmers who deserve it. It’s more expensive because it’s a lot harder to grow without chemicals and as farmers ourselves, we know that and will pay for it. And we pay farmers better by sourcing direct without paying a middle-man. We are proud of that and have no intention of doing anything less. We also pay our employees who hand make each batch a living wage, another core tenet of our business. And finally, kimchi is expensive to make, period. There’s a lot of ingredients, refrigerated storage is more expensive, and it’s labor intensive, so even if we didn’t use the best stuff available, it would still be on the pricier side of things in the grocery store. That said, we also value that quality organic food be available for everyone. I believe our price is extremely competitive given the caliber of our kimchi, feel free to compare with any other brands at the co-op or farmers markets.

Are your jars returnable?

Oh heck yep. Return your jars to us at the Farmer’s Market or to CityFoodStudio for $1 discount towards your next jar. If you wash them out first and peel off the label, double points which could very well earn you the highest of fives. We sanitize returned jars and reuse them. Unfortunately we do not extend our return discount to stores, so you have to come see us face-to-face! If you can’t return the jar, please reuse it or recycle it.

Do you ship?

Short answer: no. You Betcha Kimchi is local by design. We use all local veggies and distribute only in the upper Midwest. It’s not that we don’t love our kimchi-loving friends in Alaska and Vanuatu, but it’s our mission to serve a more local food system. Cabbage grows just about everywhere so we encourage you to find a local fermenter near you. Are you in the Upper Midwest but don’t see You Betcha in your local grocery store? Well heck, let us and them know and hopefully we can change that!

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Prepping more chilies today. It's enough to make @jonathanthomascamp sing. #songsoftheheart #youbetchakimchi #babybackribs #barbequesauce #actuallykimchi ... See MoreSee Less

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Prepping more chilies today. It's enough to make @jonathanthomascamp sing. #songsoftheheart #youbetchakimchi #babybackribs #barbequesauce #kimchi ... See MoreSee Less

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Local ginger galore! ... See MoreSee Less

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Happy to announce our winter farmers market schedule!! Please put the following dates in your calendar at the Northeast Minneapolis Farmers Market - Winter Market and Mill City Farmers Market this November-April. The Northeast Market is located at the Solar Arts Building, 711 NE 15th Avenue and the Mill City Market is downtown at the Mill City Museum, 704 S. 2nd Street.

Saturday November 18th - Mill City Indoor Winter Market. 10am-1pm.

Sunday November 19th - Northeast Minneapolis Indoor Winter Market. 10am-2pm.

Saturday December 16th - Mill City Indoor Winter Market. 10am-1pm.

Sunday December 17th - Northeast Minneapolis Indoor Winter Market. 10am-2pm.

Saturday January 13th - Mill City Indoor Winter Market. 10am-1pm.

Sunday January 21st - Northeast Minneapolis Indoor Winter Market. 10am-2pm.

Saturday February 10th - Mill City Indoor Winter Market. 10am-1pm.

Sunday February 18th - Northeast Minneapolis Indoor Winter Market. 10am-2pm.

Saturday March 10th - Mill City Indoor Winter Market. 10am-1pm.

Sunday March 18th - Northeast Minneapolis Indoor Winter Market. 10am-2pm.

Saturday April 14th - Mill City Indoor Winter Market. 10am-1pm.

Keep up to date at www.youbetchakimchi.com
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Good morning friends! It's our LAST market before winter markets start up so come on out to the Northeast Minneapolis Farmers Market and pick up a stash! ... See MoreSee Less

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Saturday morning and You Betcha Kimchi is feeling groovy at the Mill City Farmers Market! It's Joe Silberschmidt's 32nd birthday today so go give him a well wish as you stock up on kimchi! ... See MoreSee Less

2 weeks ago  ·  

It's like Christmas at @youbetchakimchi !! Local ginger has arrived!!! Thanks @dris0037 at Seven Songs Organic Farm for all your expertise and hard work! Time to clean and prep so we can go local all year round! ... See MoreSee Less

2 weeks ago  ·  

Know what's the best? Starting the day with a veggie frittata with avocado, @youbetchakimchi , and chipotle salsa from @senorasdesalsa . Reeeedonk. ... See MoreSee Less

3 weeks ago  ·  

Happy Saturday morning!! @youbetchakimchi is set up and ready to rock the @ne_fm this morning! New sign and tablecloth complements of the fine folks of ASI signage. Come say hi and grab a jar of kimchi. ... See MoreSee Less

4 weeks ago  ·  

MAKE A YOU BETCHA KIMCHI SLOGAN WITH US!

Friends! We need your help!! You Betcha Kimchi is getting into the swag game and we need your help! FREE KIMCHI to the winning suggestion. What would you be interested in for You Betcha Kimchi? A t-shirt? Tote bag? Pantsuit?? Let us know. Here's some ideas to get you started...

"Putting the hot in hot dish since 2013."
"Land of 10,000 Lacto-baccilli"
"Spicy! But in a totally not passive-aggressive way."
"We make guts happy! Wahoo!"
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1 month ago  ·  

My kingdom for some daikon! Anybody know of any local organic farmers that has a substantial daikon crop? Or would you like that to be you/your farmer friend next year? Email info@youbetchakimchi.com, we're always looking for more quality local farmers to partner with. ... See MoreSee Less

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We're off to the Northeast Minneapolis Farmers Market this morning, hope to see you there! You might even catch our new salesman of the month. ... See MoreSee Less

1 month ago  ·  

Sometimes kimchi makes you feel like...

#youbetchakimchi #allthefeels #iwasgoingtoeatthat #kimchidance #fueledbyfermentation
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1 month ago  ·  

Happy Labor Day weekend friends! We at You Betcha Kimchi have been laboring away, pumping out the gallons. Grab a pint or two tomorrow morning at the Mill City Farmers Market for your grill out! We will be in the back of the train near the Mill City Museum from 8-1. ... See MoreSee Less

2 months ago  ·  

Excited to announce that our friends in New Prague can now find our Minnesota Nice mild kimchi at Farmhouse Market!! Pick up a pint from this great local business! ... See MoreSee Less

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