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Wondering if you can freeze cabbage? Preserving this vegetable in the freezer works: here’s how to do it!

Can you freeze cabbage
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Got extra cabbage on hand and not sure how to preserve it? This happens to us often: we’ll buy a cabbage for recipe, only to end up with a half cabbage sitting in the refrigerator days later. What to do with it? Here’s a great way to preserve it: throw it in the freezer! Use this method to keep cabbage for months.

Can you freeze cabbage?

Cabbage freezes well: the flavor of the vegetable remains essentially unchanged. However, the texture does become softer after thawing. For this reason, you’ll want to use frozen cabbage only in cooked dishes, like sauteed or boiled cabbage, or in soups and stews.

Cut cabbage lasts in the refrigerator for about 3 to 5 days. If you’d like to preserve it beyond that point, you can freeze it for 3 to 6 months. Keep in mind that you’ll need to blanch the cabbage in boiling water before freezing it, so in some cases it might be easier to make sauteed cabbage instead of preparing it for the freezer.

How to freeze cabbage

Cabbage lasts in the refrigerator for about 2 weeks. But once it’s cut, it lasts only 3 to 5 days. The best way to save that half of a cabbage in the refrigerator drawer? First, try it in recipes like a big batch of coleslaw, sauteed cabbage, or even sauerkraut (for green cabbage). But if you don’t think you can use it in time, you can freeze it!

The best way to freeze cabbage? Blanch it first. Blanching is boiling vegetables until they’re just crisp tender. It helps to keep vegetables colorful while frozen by locking in a bright color, and makes them last longer by stopping the natural enzyme activity that deteriorates their texture, color, and flavor.

Here’s how to freeze cabbage:

  1. Shred the cabbage.
  2. Blanch the cabbage: Prepare a large pot of boiling water. Add the cabbage and boil for 30 seconds to 1 minute, until wilted.
  3. Rinse the cabbage under cold water until cool to the touch.
  4. Pat the cabbage dry. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper, then place the cabbage in a single layer. Flash freeze for 1 hour.
  5. Transfer to an airtight container or sealable freezer-safe bag. If using a bag, use a straw to suck any remaining air out of the bag and seal it. Mark a “Use by” date 3 months in the future.
  6. Place in the freezer and freeze for 3 to 6 months.
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Tips for how to use frozen cabbage

Frozen cabbage can be used right from the freezer in cooked dishes: no need to defrost! Here are a few tips:

  • Use frozen cabbage only in cooked dishes, like sauteed cabbagesoupsstir fries, and more. Don’t use frozen cabbage in salads or coleslaw, as the texture is much softer after freezing.
  • Frozen cabbage can be added right to cooked dishes: no defrosting is required. The cabbage may release more moisture than fresh when cooking, so it may need an extra minute or two when sauteing.
  • Use within 3 to 6 months. The flavor can degrade the longer it is frozen. For best results, use it within 3 months.

Other ways to use cabbage

In some cases, it’s easier to make a recipe with leftover cabbage than to go to the trouble of blanching it, flash freezing it on a baking sheet, and then transferring it to long-term storage. Here are a few of our top cabbage recipes for using up leftovers of this tasty vegetable:

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Can you freeze cabbage

Can You Freeze Cabbage?


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 9 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 minute
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: N/A

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Wondering if you can freeze cabbage? Preserving this vegetable in the freezer works: here’s how to do it!


Ingredients

  • Cabbage

Instructions

  1. Shred the cabbage.
  2. Blanch the cabbage: Prepare a large pot of boiling water. Add the cabbage and boil for 30 seconds to 1 minute, until wilted.
  3. Flash freeze: Rinse the cabbage under cold water until cool to the touch. Pat the cabbage dry. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper, then place the cabbage in a single layer. Flash freeze for 1 hour.
  4. Place the cabbage in an airtight container or freezer-safe plastic bag. If using a bag, use a straw to suck any remaining air out of the bag and seal it. 
  5. Mark the “Use by” date. Use a permanent marker to label with a “use by” date that is 3 months in the future. 
  6. Freeze. Place the container or bag in the freezer and freeze for up to 3 to 6 months. For best results, use in 3 months. You can use frozen cabbage directly in cooked dishes; no need to thaw (do not use raw). 
  • Category: Frozen
  • Method: Frozen
  • Cuisine: Frozen

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes and the joy of cooking! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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  1. Sonja Overhiser says:

    Let us know if you have any questions!