Freezing Cabbage

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Cabbage can go bad quickly once it is past it's prime. Preserve it for use later by freezing your cabbage. This is a page about freezing cabbage.


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October 4, 2010

Is it possible to just shred and freeze cabbage?

By julie rees from England, West Yorkshire

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Selecting High-Quality Cabbage:

Select freshly picked, solid heads that feel weighty for their size and have fresh leaves and good color. Heads should be tightly attached to their stems and not starting to separate. If harvesting your own cabbage, leave it in the ground as late in the fall as possible before the first frost. Frozen cabbage will be wilted when thawed, but can still be used for cooking.

Preparing for Freezing:

Trim coarse outer leaves from head. Cut into medium to coarse shreds or thin wedges, or separate the head into individual leaves.

Blanching Time:

Cabbage can be frozen directly without being blanched, but for cabbage intended for sours and casseroles requiring cooked cabbage, water-blanch convenient sized wedges for 3 to 4 minutes or steam blanch them for 4 to 6 minutes. Whole leaves or shredded cabbage can be water-blanched for 1 1/2 minutes. Cool promptly and drain.

Best Freezing Method(s):

  • Boilable Bags Place desired amounts of shredded cabbage into boiling bags, add desired seasoning, press out air and seal. Blanch cabbage for 1 1/2 minutes in boiling water, cool bags in ice water, pat dry and freeze. Shredded cabbage can also be frozen in boilable bags without blanching. Leave 1/2 inch of headspace.

  • Tray Packs Clean and prepare whole leaves or wedges and either blanch or leave them unblanched. Lay in a single layer on cookie sheets and place them in the freezer. When fully frozen (12 to 24 hours), portion them into suitable containers and freeze. Leave 1/2 inch of headspace.
  • Dry Packs Transfer blanched or unblanched cabbage leaves, wedges or shredded cabbage directly into suitable containers for freezing. Leave 1/2 inch of headspace.

Suitable Packaging:

Suitable packaging for freezing includes freezer-grade plastic bags, rigid plastic containers or glass containers and heavy duty aluminum foil.

Maximum Storage Time:

10 to 12 months at 0ºF.


Thaw coleslaw in the refrigerator. Add frozen cabbage directly to dishes.

Tips & Shortcuts:

Cabbage can be brined as sauerkraut or made into coleslaw or relishes and frozen. Whole leaves can be frozen unblanched for use as wrappers for baking or stuffing, and used immediately after thawing. Cabbages should not be frozen whole. Store whole heads, roots intact, by hanging them upside down in a root cellar. Keeping the outer leaves intact will keep the inner leaves from drying out.

Refrigerating Cabbage:

Do not wash until use. Store whole cabbages in perforated plastic bags for 4 to 8 weeks. Store coleslaw in an airtight container for 3 days. Sauerkraut can be stored in a non-metal, airtight container for up to 1 week.
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August 30, 2011

How do you freeze shredded cabbage?

By NJS from Marlette, MI


August 31, 20110 found this helpful
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I always shred it in my food processor and then saute it with margarine or butter on the stove and then freeze it in plastic containers. Then when I want to make cabbage and noodles, I just boil the noodles and dump in the thawed cooked cabbage and add salt and pepper if needed. I don't know about freezing it raw.

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October 16, 2019

Last year I picked, blanched, packaged, and froze my cabbage. I then months later went to use it and there were black spots on the leaves. This has never happened to me before and I did not do anything differently. I'm wondering why this would have happened. Please explain.




October 16, 20190 found this helpful

When you picked your cabbage and froze the cabbage it was more than likey effected with pepper spots already and you just did not see them. Once the cabbage has been in cold storage for 10 to 12 days the spots can worsen and become larger and more noticable. Even if the cabbage was cooked or blancehd and frozen this can still happen.

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September 7, 2011

Can I freeze cabbage?

By Donna from Jacksonville, IL


September 9, 20110 found this helpful

I think you can freeze cooked cabbage, but not sure raw freezes very well. Sorry, not very exact here.

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September 12, 20111 found this helpful

Here's a guide I submitted last week that gives instructions and blanching time for assorted vegetables including cabbage.

If it helps you maybe you could give it a thumbs up for me ;-)

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September 12, 20110 found this helpful

When my dad freezes cabbage he boils it till its almost tender and then drains it and puts it in freezer bags till he wants it for soup or whatever he wants. He's given me some and it works great.

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January 29, 2010

Why do frozen cabbage heads or leaves discolour to a horrible brownish colour?

By l from Sudbury, ON


January 29, 20100 found this helpful

I've never tried to freeze entire heads of cabbage as that would take up so much space. Try parboiling them first and see if that helps. Cooked cabbage should freeze well.

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January 29, 20100 found this helpful

I cook cabbage as if we will eat them & freeze them. The same for all greens, good luck.

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November 8, 2014

Can I freeze cooked red cabbage with red currant jelly and apples for Christmas dinner? It possible does anyone have a recipe, I would like to do this early for Christmas?

By Jean O


December 10, 20170 found this helpful

I dont have a recipe but you can cook and freeze cabbage

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April 1, 2011

How long will cabbage last after it is cooked and frozen?

By jimmie


April 4, 20110 found this helpful

I have never frozen cabbage by itself but I have frozen soup with added cabbage for
three to four months with success. Hope this helps.

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April 5, 20110 found this helpful

This is a great site:

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December 15, 2014

I bought a head of cabbage, but I'm limited on my intake. Can I just freeze it, or does it need to be cooked and then frozen?

By Betty B


December 10, 20170 found this helpful

You can blanch it and freeze it.

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July 14, 2012

Can cabbage be frozen? If so how? Blanched? Cut up?

By Marilyn


July 15, 20122 found this helpful

We just slice it up and put it in freezer bags. We used to blanch it but read some where that it isn't necessary. We can't tell the difference.

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October 30, 2011

Can you freeze fresh cabbage?

By Mimi


November 1, 20110 found this helpful

The first link is an archived article regarding cabbage preparation. The second link is regarding complete blanching process for cabbage and several other vegetables to ready for freezing:

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July 31, 2011

Can you freeze red cabbage raw or cooked?

By Diana


July 31, 20111 found this helpful

You can freeze just about anything. What you need to consider is the texture of the product when it defrosts. Cabbage, like most leafy vegetables, are full of water. As such, when they defrost, the water will leach out of its cells. You will be left with limp and mushy produce when it is thawed. This is best suited for cooked recipes, or those that don't require a crunch.

Cut the head of cabbage across the core in half. Cut out the core by cutting a V shape through the cut side of each half. Cut shreds lengthwise across each half. I'm not a big fan of blanching, but if you want to, blanch the shreds in boiling water for about 2 minutes. Cool in an ice bath, drain and bag if freezer bags.

I would portion it out depending on the recipes you're most likely to make. If for a side dish, 2-4 cups. If for an ingredient, 1 cup in small zip-top bags. Flatten the smaller bags and remove the air and place all of them in a larger freezer bag.

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January 6, 2010

I have made a lot of red cabbage with apples and onions. Can I freeze some of it?

By Mary Fran from New York City


January 6, 20100 found this helpful

I have froze it with success just a bit runny saves throwing it out I have also froze macaroni salad.

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November 21, 2016

This is a page about freezing cooked cabbage. Once cabbage has been cooked it can still be frozen for later consumption.

A bowl of cooked cabbage.

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October 4, 2010

I'm trying to find out how to freeze cabbage. I got so much and this is the first time I planted cabbage. It was fun planting a garden, I am doing it again next spring.

By cindy from Sheridan, IN


Ways to Freeze Cabbage

I just chop it up and put it in freezer bags. No blanching necessary. It's great in recipes where you need to cook the cabbage. (08/03/2010)

By Wendy

Ways to Freeze Cabbage

You could chop it in a food processor, then fry it in butter and salt and pepper, put it in a plastic container and freeze in portions of about 1 cup. When you want a quick meal or side dish, thaw it out and then boil some noodles and mix together for cabbage and noodles. (08/05/2010)

By Cindy

Ways to Freeze Cabbage

I had an excess of cabbage (just the two of us) last year and all I did was shred it, or rather cut in half, then slice it in not too thin slices, then pop an appropriate amt. for us in the freezer in Ziploc bags. I would thaw in the fridge when I wanted to use it, then put it in soups, stews, saute it with oil, apples, garlic and Spam and a little brown sugar and it was yummm! You can even drop a bunch in boiling water (the sliced cabbage, I did not do wedges) til it is done to your liking, butter it or adapt it to your way of cooking, taste buds, etc. I did not blanch it or anything. I had no problem with it at all. (08/06/2010)

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August 3, 2010

How do you freeze fresh cabbage?

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