How to Freeze Cabbage | Fried Cabbage with Bacon

How to Freeze Cabbage

More Cabbage Than You Can Eat

Can you preserve cabbage? Yes. You can can it like most vegetables or make it into sauerkraut.  I would have canned it if I had many rows of it, but we managed to harvest about 6 heads this year.  So, I did the next best thing: freeze it.

Like most hearty, leafy greens, cabbage takes to freezing quite well. The key is blanching it first.  With this method, you won’t be able to make coleslaw with it, but you can defrost it and add it to stir-fries or soups.

How to Freeze Cabbage:

Start with the freshest cabbage available. Remove any wilted, outer leaves and wash thoroughly. We had to soak ours and wash a few times; the slugs really liked our cabbage this year. Fill a large pot with water and bring it to a boil. You will also need a big pot/bowl filled with ice water to cool down and stop the cooking after it blanches.

While the water is heating:

Shred it into 1/4 strips. You can cut them bigger if you want. I like to cut them smaller when I am freezing produce.

How to Freeze Cabbage

Once the water is at a rapid boil, toss a few handfuls of shredded cabbage into the pot. Let it blanch for 90 seconds. Then remove it and immediately place it in the bowl of ice water. Let it sit  in the ice water until it completely cools down (should take another 90 seconds or so).

How to Freeze Cabbage

Once it has cooled, remove it from the water and place it into a colander or salad spinner. I give it a good squeeze before I drop it into the spinner to get as much water out as possible.

How to Freeze Cabbage

After a couple of spins, lay it out on a towel lined cookie sheet to absorb any water that might still be dripping off.

How to Freeze Cabbage

Put the cooked cabbage to a zip plastic bag. Close it up, but leave 1/2 inch or so open. Roll up the bad and squeeze as much air out as possible then snap it shut all the way.

How to Freeze Cabbage

Label and store it in the freezer.  Six heads filled 4 gallon size plastic baggies. If I had more or wanted to store them for months, I would have vacuum sealed them.  I will most likely use these bags before the end of summer.

Fried Cabbage with Bacon

Fried Cabbage with Bacon

Here’s a quick and easy way to prepare cabbage. It’s called Fried Cabbage, but it’s more like sauteed cabbage. Nonetheless, it’s a Southern favorite and makes a tasty side dish.

Fried Cabbage with Bacon

Start by cooking three slices of thick bacon until crispy then remove ( keep the fat). I have a preference for pepper bacon.

Fried Cabbage with Bacon

Add one sliced red onion and one clove of garlic, crushed. Cook until softened, not browned.

Fried Cabbage with Bacon

Add one head of shredded cabbage. Cook it until it’s softened and about half the volume. Salt and pepper to taste.

Fried Cabbage with Bacon

Chop up the crispy bacon and sprinkle on top. Enjoy!

This post may contain affiliate links, meaning we may earn a small commission off of any item purchased.

2 thoughts on “How to Freeze Cabbage | Fried Cabbage with Bacon

Leave a Reply to Debbie Cancel reply