Ok so I made the kimchi yesterday. I got MAJOR kudos from DH when he came home from work cause the ENTIRE house smelled like a Korean market. So, apparently that means I did it right.
Here's my question...
When I was mixing the paste, it made these...fumes???....that hit my nose/mouth and I started bawling...think something along the lines of a nuclear onion explosion? So I pasted it blindy onto the leaves and was smearing it around, couldn't see a thing from the tears, so I'm SHOVING it by handfuls into the jars and pounding it in while sobbing uncontrollably :. I stumble to the sink and wash my hands, that helps TREMENDOUSLY, and I look over at the counter and realize I still have over half of it to pack into jars. I've got tears STREAMING down my face, my eyes are red, I mean this is a bit much! 7yo DD comes in to ask what's wrong...I said oh I'm just making kimchi...she says "OH MAMA ARE YOU SAD CAUSE YOU MADE EVERYTHING STINK NOW?"
Anywhoo...has anyone experienced this? We're still dealing with the house smelling kimchi-ish, not a bad thing in itself, and nothing horrible, just a strong smell of it. I can see where ppl say it can stink up the house, if you aren't used to it at least.
So....anyone else think their kimchi was gonna knock 'em dead....literally???