My boyfriend and I love making Mexican raw vegetable bowls. One of the ingredient is the use of cabbage leaves as the dish’s bowl. We only have to use the large cabbage leaves and leave the smaller leaves behind. In order to use to not waste them, I sautéed the rest. Now, we can’t finish both foods. I decided to freeze the cooked cabbages. Will it be okay to freeze them?
Cabbage is a widely use vegetable in a lot of dishes prepared around the world. It just so happen that your favourite is the Mexican raw vegan bowls, but there is just too much cabbage leaves leftover. For it to not go to waste, you decided to just cook a different dish with it but you know it will not be eaten for the next days and so you store them in the freezer. But can you really freeze it?
Yes you can! In fact there is nothing complicated about it. It can even last until the next 3 months.
Freezing the Cooked Cabbage
There is nothing wrong with freezing a whole cooked cabbage. Several households had done this before for a lot of times.
In fact, you can let it stay frozen for around three months! You can serve the cabbage dish at your preferred time until totally consumed.
If you leave your cooked cabbage in the freezer for longer than 3 months, it will start to lose its flavour, and the nutrients will start to deteriorate the whole bunch.
You are freezing the cooked cabbage to make it last for a while until the next meal so be mindful in properly preparing them.
Cabbage can vary in color. It may be in green, red or purple. The leaves’ texture may also vary from being smooth to crinkle.
With less than 20 calories per half cup cooked, it is a sure, healthy dish that wouldn’t ruin anyone’s diet.
How to Freeze Cooked Cabbage
There are methods to follow to preserve the cooked cabbage a little longer. One way is by boiling the cabbage and another way is by preparing the ready-to-eat dish may be by seasoning and sautéing.
Freezing Cabbage by Boiling
- First, after boiling the cabbage with water, drain and let them dry and cool off. You can use a paper towel in this process to save time.
- Next, place the cabbage in a flat surface container or baking pan and pre-freeze them in the freezer for about 20 minutes. This is to stiffen the cabbage.
- Remove the pan out of the freezer and place the cabbage in a ziplock bag.
- Remove the air inside by rolling the unsealed bag over. Seal the bag and unroll.
- Toss them inside the freezer until your next use.
Freezing Cabbage by Pre-cooking
- Cook your cabbage as desired. The idea here is to preserve the cabbage as a ready-to-eat dish.
- Make sure to undercook your cabbage. It will be cooked when you reheat it for serving.
- Place per serving in a container. Seal the container airtight.
- Place it inside the freezer.
Consume within 3 months.
Recipes for Cabbages
Cabbage is probably the easiest vegetable to cook with and not to mention really healthy! One recipe you can try is a flavorful, hot cabbage soup. It is not only appetizing to look at but the aroma will make you just want to sip right away.
Another recipe is to make a cabbage slaw. It is a perfect side dish with your favourite meals.
Lastly, aside from your favourite Mexican raw vegan bowls, to complete your set of meal is with a cabbage casserole. A tasty, meaty and healthy casserole will definitely make any day better!