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Can I leave unopened kimchi at room temperature?

As a living probiotic food, kimchi is constantly trying to escape from its jar! Kimchi should be stored in the fridge as chilling is the only thing that keeps its level of fermentation (i.e. the activity of those happy little probiotics) slowed down. If you leave kimchi outside of the fridge, over time it will become over-fermented and won't taste so great anymore.


What are the health benefits of eating kimchi?

People have known about the health benefits of eating kimchi for thousands of years. The living probiotic lactobacillus in kimchi are healthy bacteria that are good for your gut. Gut health is directly linked to immunity as most of the body’s immune function occurs within the digestive tract. Balancing good and bad bacteria also suppresses inflammation in the body, which has been linked to many chronic illnesses and to overall well being. As a vegetable-based preparation, kimchi is also high in vitamins (especially Vitamin C, as lactobacillus actually creates Vitamin C!) and low in calories.


Why is the kimchi so sour tasting?

Kimchi will always have a high level of acidity. This is caused by gut-healthy bacteria in the kimchi, which create acid during their lifetime, lowering the pH of the kimchi and preserving it naturally. If the kimchi was not acidic or sour, it would go bad! Generally, when the taste of kimchi is described as more sour than usual, it is possible that the level of fermentation has exceeded that which someone has previously experienced - but it does not mean that the kimchi is faulty or that it has gone bad.


When I opened my jar of kimchi it overflowed all over the place! Is it still safe to eat?

All of our kimchi products are living foods. Kimchi is raw/unpasteurized to preserve the gut-health-boosting bacteria within, which continue to actively ferment inside the jar. Sometimes, you may open a jar of kimchi and no explosion will occur. Other times, the kimchi may pop and overflow similarly to a bottle of champagne. Either way, your kimchi is still safe to eat.


What is the shelf life of Oppa Kimchi? How long will it last in the refrigerator?

Kimchi is a living probiotic food, and will continue to change as it ferments over time. Temperature and exposure to oxygen are the two factors that most greatly impact the progression of fermentation and thus the longevity of kimchi. As the kimchi matures, it will take on earthy, tangy notes while the heat of the chiles mellows out. Your kimchi will continue to age if kept cool in the refrigerator and away from oxygen, remaining delicious for up to 12 months or even longer.


How should I eat kimchi?

In Korea, kimchi is traditionally served among an array of side dishes at virtually every meal. But kimchi is more than just a side dish – its versatility also makes it an invaluable and flavorful ingredient in all kinds of cooking. Saute alongside pork chops, flank steak tacos, or scrambled eggs; add to stews, ramen, or grilled cheese sandwiches. 

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