Freezing Cabbage Rolls (Holubtsi)?

March 24, 2017

How long are cabbage rolls, filled with ground steak and rice in tomato sauce and frozen, good for?



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March 24, 20170 found this helpful

In the refrigerator 3-4 days
In the freezer 3-4 months



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March 24, 20170 found this helpful

You can freeze 3-4 months.

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October 24, 2011

What is the freezing or boiling method to make stuffed cabbage?

By Sammy


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October 26, 20110 found this helpful

Your goal is to soften the leaves so they roll easily. You can put the head of cabbage in the freezer all night and when it thaws the next day the leaves will be wilted and ready to use. Or you can submerge the head in a large pot of boiling water for ten or 15 minutes and it will then be ready to use.


If you decide to pull the leaves away from the head before you put them in boiling water you will need less time. Remember to cut away the stem part to release the leaves and do not use the first layer of leaves.

October 26, 20112 found this helpful

Put cored (core with a hand apple corer) cabbage in hot water and as leaves get soft remove and put on a pan or cookie sheet. As you go further down you will probably have to use a knife to release the leaves. I hold the cabbage with a two prong fork. Be careful as the water is boiling hot. I start making the cabbage rolls using the larger leaves first (I usually make them using two cabbages and I use the larger leaves from both.) When finished I chop the smaller unused leaves and put 1/2 on bottom of roaster and 1/2 on top.

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August 27, 2009

I prepared cabbage rolls and froze them in vacuum Ziplock bags. How long can I keep them in the freezer? I was hoping to use them in 4 weeks. The meat and rice are uncooked and the cabbage is blanched.

By sue weber from Bennington, NY


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August 28, 20090 found this helpful

Uncooked ground meat lasts three to four MONTHS frozen. Lots more info on safe freezing at this link:

April 24, 20180 found this helpful

The usda site is no longer available. Is there an alternative site?

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October 23, 2011

Do you freeze stuffed cabbage before or after it is cooked?

By Lynn W.


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October 24, 20111 found this helpful

I personally would prepare and bake and then freeze, including with the sauce. Just bake about ten or fifteen minutes less than the recipe calls for so that when it thaws and is reheated the cabbage won't be mushy.

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December 10, 2008

Can Holuptsi made with cooked rice and raw shredded potatoes be frozen after cooked?



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December 12, 20081 found this helpful

Rice and shredded raw potatoes freeze just fine ... Which Haluptsi/Halupsi recipe are you using ??? Just curious because ingredients vary depending on region of world origin ...

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