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As the question states, is kimchi still safe to eat after spending a few hours unrefrigerated, the time it takes me to get home ?

I'm mostly concerned because my commute home involves time in a heated bus

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    shouldn't you be asking if the other bus passengers are safe from the kimchi? I see the headlines now: explosive event rocks commuters... – Pat Sommer Apr 10 '16 at 7:11
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I make kimchi regularly. It sits on a shelf at room temperature for a week or more, and slowly ferments. Some people ferment it for months. Sure, it likes a low oxygen partial pressure, but a few hours on a bus isn't going to hurt it.

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Kimchi existed long before refrigeration. Infact the sole principle of kimchi is preservation through fermentation. So yes, you can leave it at room temperature for a few hours.

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    primary principle perhaps. umami heaven should also get a salute. – Pat Sommer Apr 10 '16 at 7:08

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