WECK Small-Batch Preserving Book Review [Brussels Sprout Kimchi Recipe]

Are you looking for a few fantastic new recipes to ferment or can? Brussels Sprout Kimchi, perhaps?

Maybe you are enticed by these fermentation recipes: Pomegranate Kvass, Turmeric and Garlic Sauerkraut, or Soothing Lemon-Ginger Syrup?

How about canning up a small batch of Cilantro-Lime Pickled Pineapple, Pickled Mushrooms, or Spicy Pear Chutney?

Or, maybe Bloody Mary Mix spiced with Ground Horseradish Root is more to your liking?


The Kimchi Series: Learn to Ferment Kimchi with Confidence
This article is part of a set of blog posts in which you learn about the key ingredients in kimchi, the various types of kimchi, ways to ferment kimchi, and make a variety of kimchis such as Daikon Radish Cube Kimchi (Kkakdugi), Napa Cabbage Kimchi (Baechu), Brussels Sprouts Kimchi, and Stuffed-Cabbage Kimchi (Poggi). Perhaps, even Instant Apple, Persimmon, and Pear Kimchi (Saqyua, Gaam, Bae).

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Techniques & Ingredients

Fish Sauce, the Secret Ingredient to Transform Your Kimchi

Gochugaru, Korean Red Pepper Powder

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Brussels Sprout Kimchi Recipe

Traditional Square-Cut Napa Cabbage Kimchi

Recently published, WECK® Small-Batch Preserving: Year-Round Recipes for Canning, Fermenting, Pickling, and More has a wonderful collection of recipes for both canning and fermenting.

And thanks to Stephanie Thurow’s Brussels Sprout Kimchi recipe – and my recent interest in Gochugaru (Korean red pepper powder – I now have a new favorite ferment.

Several stalks of brussels sprouts in a metal bin. | MakeSauerkraut.com

Each fall, beautiful stalks of brussels sprouts announce the start of winter crops. I’m visually drawn to their beauty, but despite my love of sauerkraut, my taste buds have never hungered for these mini-cabbages. Cute? Yes. Tasty? No thank you.

Stephanie and I connected when she asked me to contribute a recipe to her upcoming book. So, when a complimentary copy of  WECK® Small-Batch Preserving: Year-Round Recipes for Canning, Fermenting, Pickling, and More (complete with my Thyme and Leeks Paste recipe) ended up in my hands, I just knew I had to expand my culinary repertoire and try her Brussels Sprout Kimchi recipe. I’m so glad I did.

WECK® Small-Batch Preserving by Stephanie Thurow

Year-Round Recipes for Canning, Fermenting, Pickling, and More

First off, you don’t need to go out and purchase a set of WECK® jars – even though they are quite beautiful and functional – to use this book. A sizing chart at the beginning of the book will help you select which jar from your own trusted set to use instead.

Stephanie starts off her book with a thorough coverage of WECK® jars, their history, styles and sizes, and how to use them for both water-bath canning and fermenting. You’ll find the many pictures in the Canning with WECK® Step-by-Step section helpful.

I especially loved her Include the Children section. What a great way to introduce them to healthy foods. Children are much more likely to eat something that they have had a hand in helping prepare.

There are both water bath canned recipes, fermented recipes, and even some infusion recipes. Included are many colorful photos and notes sections on nearly every recipe along with suggestions on flavorful ways to use many of the recipes. There are 27 Canning Recipes, 29 Fermenting Recipes, and countless ways to make use of the flavors of the season in her Boozy Infusions chapter. The Pineapple Zucchini recipe in the small set of Bonus Recipes finishes off the book:

This recipe was adapted from one on the National Center for Home Food Preservation website when I was looking for a new way to use up excess zucchini. After preseration, the shredded succhini tastes just like crushed pineapple and can be substituted in recipes that call for regular crushed pineapple.

I liked that the fermented kvass recipes don’t require a starter and instead use a bit of honey and the naturally occurring bacteria on the fruit.

Mix in honey; it will effortlessly dissolve on its own in time.

Pectin is not used in any of the canning recipes but instead, Stephanie has you cook jams until thickened. And, as the title says, recipes are for small batches of preserves.

About Stephanie Thurow

Stephanie Thurow has been a food preservation fanatic since the mid-2000s. She is the author of Can It & Ferment It and creator of canning and fermenting blog Minnesota from Scratch. She’s been using WECK® jars for over a decade and enjoys the versatility and eco-friendliness of their reusable and nontoxic jars. Stephanie resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota with her husband, daughter, and plethora of pets. To learn more visit her website Minnesota from Scratch.

The Next 3 Recipes I Plan to Make

Cherry Salsa (pg 107)

Once luscious cherries are hanging from our local cherry trees, I’ll be making the Cherry Salsa recipe. It calls for jalapeno, cilantro, and lime juice.

It’s a great accompaniment to chips or tacos but is also incredible on eggs and over grilled chicken or fish.

Fiery Cider (pg 112)

Fiery Cider, known to shorten the duration of the common cold, help inflammation, and even reduce high blood pressure, is always nice to have in hand during the winter months.

There is no wrong way to make this recipe, so feel free to play around with ingredients and tweak it to your liking.

Ground Horseradish Root, Refrigerator Recipe (pg 68)

I was happy to find a recipe for preserving horseradish root in the Canning Recipes section. I’ve yet to have good luck fermenting horseradish root. I’ve since learned that the heat-making volatile compounds in horseradish break down the minute you start grating it and that the quick addition of an acid – vinegar in this case – stops that process. This recipe for horseradish is not canned but instead stored in the refrigerator where it keeps for 4 weeks.

Brussels Sprout Kimchi Recipe

Hands mixing a brussels sprouts in a metal bowl with fish sauce and Gochugaru, a fresh stalk at the upper right corner of the bowl and a saucer of Gochugaru to the upper left. | MakeSauerkraut.com

I was able to take advantage of the Brussel sprouts available at our farmers market this fall and made three batches of Brussels Sprout Kimchi. I wish I had made more.

For this recipe, you’ll need fish sauceGochugaru (Korean red powder), and of course Brussels sprouts. If you’re dying to make this recipe, but can’t find Brussels sprouts, feel free to substitute another vegetable. Perhaps, grated carrots, sliced radish, or green beans?

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Brussels Sprout Kimchi

This recipe is by Stephanie Thurow, author of WECK Small-Batch Fermenting and it is beyond delicious. These brussels sprouts will be tender and full of sour kimchi flavor once fermentation is complete. 
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Course: Appetizer, Condiment, Side Dish
Cuisine: Korean
Keyword: Brussels Sprout, Fermented, Gochugaru, Kimchi, Paleo
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 14 2 ounce (60 grams)


  • 4 cups (400g) brussels sprouts,, ends trimmed, halved (if small) or quartered (if large)
  • 1/4 cup (50g) onion
  • 2 garlic cloves (20g)
  • 1- inch (20g) ginger root
  • 1 tsp fish sauce (I use 1 tablespoon), (optional)
  • 1/8-1/4 cup (30g) Korean red pepper powder (gochugaru)
  • 1 bunch roughly sliced scallions, (optional)
  • 2-3 grated carrots (150g), (optional)
  • BRINE :
  • 2 tsp. salt dissolved in 2 cups water


  • Clean and prepare brussels sprouts by trimming ends and any flawed areas and removing outer layer of leaves. Set aside in large bowl.
    Brussels Sprout Kimchi recipe from WECK Small-Batch Preserrving. | makesauerkraut.com
  • Use a food processor to puree the onion, garlic, ginger, and optional fish sauce to make your flavor paste. I used more fish sauce than the recipe called for; 1 tablespoon. Don't leave out the fish sauce umami flavor bomb. During fermentation, it won't stink up your house and once fermented, fish sauce doesn't taste fishy. 
    Brussels Sprout Kimchi recipe from WECK Small-Batch Preserrving. | makesauerkraut.com
  • Add this flavor paste to the bowl of brussels sprouts along with the gochugaru and optional sliced scallions and grated carrots. 
    Brussels Sprout Kimchi recipe from WECK Small-Batch Preserrving. | makesauerkraut.com
  • Mix together well and pack the brussels sprouts into a quart jar, trying not to leave any gaps or air within the vegetables. 
    Brussels Sprout Kimchi recipe from WECK Small-Batch Preserrving. | makesauerkraut.com
  • Mix brine and pour over brussels sprouts mixture until covered in brine leaving 1 to 2 inches of headspace for expansion of your ferment. 
  • Using your fermentation weight and fermentation lid of choice, seal your jar. 
  • Ferment at room temperature for 7-10 days, ideally between 60 to 75F (15 to 23 C), and keep out of direct sunlight. 

Notes and Tips

How I do my standard 2% salt concentration? Before adding the brine, I added 2% salt by weight and then made up a 2% brine, adding as needed to cover.
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Other Recipes by Stephanie Thurow

Delicious Korean Tacos with Kimchi

This recipe, complete with a Lime Cream Sauce sounded so good, I’ve printed it out and will be making it this week, though I’ll use ground beef, instead of the chuck roast.

A link for a kimchi recipe is included in the recipe, so have no fear if you do not yet have a recipe for kimchi. (Mine will be posted here very soon.)

Delicious Korean Tacos with Kimchi

Candied Jalapenos AKA Cowboy Candy RECIPE (Water Bath Canned or Refrigerated)

From the recipe description:

Candied Jalapenos AKA Cowboy Candy RECIPE (Water Bath Canned or Refrigerated)

Pineapple-Strawberry Jam


This recipe for Pineapple-Strawberry Jam is included in Stephanie’s book and has alternate directions for those using standard mason jars

Pineapple-Strawberry Jam

Other Books by Stephanie Thurow

Can It & Ferment It: More Than 75 Satisfying Small-Batch Canning and Fermentation Recipes for the Whole Year
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Grab some Brussels sprouts, fish sauce, gochugaru, and the rest of the ingredients and make yourself a batch of Brussels Sprout Kimchi. Be sure to let me know how you like.

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Holly Howe has been learning about and perfecting the art of fermentation since 2002.

Her mission is dedicated to helping families welcome the powerful bacterial world into their homes in order to ferment delicious gut-healing foods.

She is the author of Fermentation Made Easy! Mouthwatering Sauerkraut, and creator of the online program Ferment Like a Pro!

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