Can you freeze cabbage? Cabbage is a widely used vegetable. It’s often used raw in salads but it’s also often added to soups or stews. So you’re growing you own cabbage and you’d like to freeze some cabbage to use it within few months. Or you’d like to buy a few cabbage heads on a sale to save some money and keep some of them for later. Or you just live far away from a store that sells great fresh cabbage and you’d like to stock up on it. Freezing cabbage seems to be the best solution for all mentioned issues. In fact, you can freeze cabbage and there are a few ways how you can do it.
Freezing cabbage – preparation
Firstly, you need to wash the cabbage and discard the coarse outer leaves. Now it’s time to cut the head into wedges, separate it into leaves or just shred it. Don’t forget to cut out its core.
Blanching cabbage is an optional process, but most sources recommend doing it. I don’t see a reason why you shouldn’t do it – it takes only a few minutes. In order to blanch cabbage you need to boil a large pot of water, put the cabbage in there and after some time (it depends on how you’ve cut it; if you’ve separated it into leaves, 2 minutes should be fine) you should take it from the boiling water and rapidly cool it down. You can do that easily using cold running water.
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Freezing shredded cabbage
If you’d like to freeze shredded cabbage, you have at least two possibilities on how to freeze it. You can freeze it in boilable bags or in a container. If you’ll choose boilable bags, you need to transfer eligible amount of cabbage into a boilable bag, add some seasonings (if you want to), push out excessive air and seal the bag. If you decide to blanch the cabbage, now it’s time to do this. After blanching you should dry the bag thoroughly and put it into the freezer.
If you’ll choose freezing it in a container you should proceed likewise – blanch cabbage (if you want to), dry it out, put into a container, seal it and put it into the freezer.
Freezing cabbage leaves or wedges
If you’d like to freeze cabbage leaves or wedges, you can freeze them in a container or in a freezer bag. After you’ve prepared cabbages and blanched them (if you want to), it’s time to fast-freeze them. Put the wedges (or leaves) on a plate individually and put the plate into the freezer. Once the vegetables are frozen (that might take even 24 hours), transfer them into a container or a freezer bag, leave half-inch headspace and put the container (or bag) into the freezer.
Tips concerning freezing cabbage
Before putting the bag or container into the freezer, make sure to seal it tightly, label and date it. Cabbage can be kept in the freeze for about a year to year and a half.
As you can see, there are a few ways how you can freeze cabbage. You should choose a way that is the most appropriate for your needs. You should also remember that frozen and defrosted cabbage works best in cooked dishes like soups or stews. When it comes to using it in raw dishes, it will be not as good as fresh cabbage.