3 Ways to Freeze Cabbage

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3 Ways to Freeze Cabbage
3 Ways to Freeze Cabbage
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Although it is possible to freeze cabbage, its structure tends to fall apart when frozen. Bleaching will help preserve it better, but it won't be as good as fresh cabbage. If you don't have a problem with that, here's how to freeze a cabbage head.

Steps

Method 1 of 3: Whole Cabbage Leaves

Freeze Cabbage Step 1

Step 1. Choose a suitable cabbage

It must be fresh, clean and without any mold or damage.

Step 2. Remove the rough outer leaves

Discard them or compost.

Step 3. Remove the remaining leaves from the base of the cabbage

Use a knife to cut a straight line at the base and then remove the intact leaves.

Step 4. Boil a large pot of water

Bleach leaves in water for a minute and a half. Do this in batches, rather than trying to bleach all the cabbage at once.

Step 5. Take it out and place it in a container of ice water

This stops cooking immediately.

Freeze Cabbage Step 6

Step 6. Drain the leaves

Gently remove excess water first. Place them on absorbent paper or a colander.

Step 7. Store it in plastic bags or sealed containers

Leave room for expansion, about 1.5 cm. Remove as much air as possible if using plastic bags.

You can also place the leaves on a baking sheet on parchment paper, then freeze them and then bag them or place them in containers

Freeze Cabbage Step 8

Step 8. Close the container or bag

Label with name and date, and place cabbage in freezer.

Freeze Cabbage Step 9

Step 9. Use it

Frozen cabbage leaves can be added directly to soup, stews and other cooked dishes. They can also be used in cabbage cigars, but you must defrost the leaves in the refrigerator first.

Method 2 of 3: Sliced ​​Cabbage

Freeze Cabbage Step 10

Step 1. Choose a suitable cabbage

It should be fresh, clean and without any mold or damage.

Step 2. Remove the rough outer leaves

Discard them or compost.

Step 3. Cut the cabbage

Cut into pieces or slice into medium-sized strips.

Step 4. Bleach as in method 1

You can probably bleach a little more at a time, as there is more space left with the chopped cabbage.

If you cut into thick slices, blanch them for 3 minutes

Freeze Cabbage Step 14

Step 5. Drain the cabbage after bleaching

Put it in a colander and let the excess water drain away. You can also spread the cabbage on absorbent paper to air dry after draining off excess water.

Step 6. Save and close it as in the method above

You can also use baking bags if you prefer.

Freeze Cabbage Step 16

Step 7. Use the cabbage

It can be cut into smaller pieces as needed and added to soups, stews, scrambled etc. Add it frozen to the dish or thaw it beforehand. If defrosting salad strips or scrambled, thaw in the fridge first.

Note: Not everyone agrees that thawed cabbage is good for salad, as it can become shriveled. Be aware that this can happen; and if it does, use it in a cooked dish

Method 3 of 3: Freezing Sauerkraut

Freeze Cabbage Step 17

Step 1. Use only fully fermented sauerkraut

Step 2. Place the sauerkraut in 600 or 950 ml plastic bags or freezer containers

Step 3. Leave about 2.5 to 5 cm at the top to allow the cabbage to expand

If using plastic bags, remove as much air as possible before closing them.

Step 4. Close the bags and label with name and date

Freeze Cabbage Step 21

Step 5. Place them in the freezer

Sauerkraut lasts 8 to 12 months frozen.

Freeze Cabbage Step 22

Step 6. Use it

Thaw the desired amount in the refrigerator and use it as usual.

Tips

  • Frozen and bleached cabbage will last for about 10 to 12 months.
  • Note: Cabbage will lose some of its flavor when frozen. This is a compromise between losing all the cabbage fresh or keeping it longer but not as tasty.

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