Cabbage is an excellent vegetable for freezing, and frozen cabbage can be used in a variety of ways. Learn how to freeze cabbage in this helpful step-by-step guide.

bags of sliced cabbage

Cabbage is great raw in salads or cooked into dinner favorites, and it is especially easy to toss into soups including cabbage soup, Instant Pot Cabbage and Sausage, or any other type of veggie soup.

Sometimes cabbage heads can be pretty large and they are very voluminous when chopped, so you may find yourself with excess on hand. This guide is a great way to show you exactly how to freeze cabbage.

Benefits of Cabbage

Cabbage is incredibly healthy! It’s a cruciferous vegetable which means it has cancer-fighting properties. Additionally, cabbage:

  • Contains vitamins C and K
  • Has insoluble fiber to keep you regular
  • Purple cabbage may provide heart benefits
  • Potassium could help regulate blood pressure
  • Easy to eat raw or cooked
  • Can be fermented in slaws and krauts

Key Ingredients

Green cabbage should be firm and heavy for its size. Look for raw cabbage that has crisp green leaves with no bruises, blemishes or discoloration.

a head of cabbage

How to Freeze Cabbage

Step One

Cabbage should be blanched before freezing. Blanching involves placing food in boiling water for a few minutes to help kill any bacteria that could grow while frozen.

Place your cabbage on a cutting board and cut it into large wedges. Discard the tough inner core of the cabbage.

how to blanch cabbage for freezing

Step Two

Heat a large pot with water until it is simmering. Use tongs or a slotted spoon to carefully place the chopped cabbage into the hot water.

As always, please do see the recipe card at the end of this post for the exact ingredients and measurements.

Step Three

Let the cabbage cook for 2-3 minutes and then use a slotted spoon or a colander to transfer the blanched cabbage into a bowl of ice water.

The ice water will stop the cooking process and enzyme action and prevent the cabbage from getting overcooked. This will give you the best texture once thawed.

Step Four

Shake out the excess water from the blanched cabbage wedges and place them onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and place in the freezer for at least 6 hours.

blanched cabbage on baking sheet ready to be frozen

Step Five

Then, transfer the frozen cabbage to zip-top freezer bags for freezing up to 2 months. Freezing them separately after drying ensures they do not stick together.

Pro Tips

  • For most recipes using cabbage, you don’t need to defrost the cabbage first. Place the frozen cabbage wedges directly into a hot pot of soup or into whatever recipe you are making. Cook the cabbage a few minutes longer than you would if it were raw to ensure that it gets warmed through.
  • You can use either red cabbage or green cabbage for this recipe.
  • Try to use your frozen cabbage within 3-4 months. If frozen longer, it may develop freezer burn.
frozen cabbage slices

FAQs

Can you freeze cabbage raw?

You can, but it needs to be blanched first. Blanching gives vegetables a bright color and takes the raw edge off. You can think of this as par-cooking. It will leave the vegetable in a very healthy state to be used later. Make sure you have fresh and firm cabbage to blanch and freeze. Chop before blanching, and dry well before freezing.

How do you use frozen cabbage?

Frozen cabbage can be added right into your favorite recipes. Especially for soup, just have it chopped before freezing so it is the right size for your spoon. Cabbage is also great with a tomato-meat sauce and rice. Simple foods can be so nourishing!

Recipe to Use Frozen cabbage

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How to Freeze Cabbage | Step-by-Step Guide


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Description

Cabbage is an excellent vegetable for freezing, and frozen cabbage can be used in a variety of ways. Learn how to freeze cabbage in this helpful step-by-step guide.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 large head of cabbage

Instructions

  1. Chop cabbage into wedges and remove the tough core.
  2. Bring a large pot of water to a simmer and have a large bowl of ice water ready.
  3. Carefully add chopped cabbage to the pot using tongs so you don’t splash.
  4. Cook for 2-3 minutes, or until cabbage has a bright color. Do not overcook!
  5. Carefully remove cabbage with tongs or drain in a colander and add to ice water to shock and stop cooking.
  6. Dry well and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet to freeze for at least 6-12 hours.
  7. Once frozen, add to labeled freezer zip-top bags.
  8. Use from frozen in your favorite soups and other recipes!

Notes

  1. For most recipes using cabbage, you don’t need to defrost the cabbage first. Place the frozen cabbage wedges directly into a hot pot of soup or into whatever recipe you are making. Cook the cabbage a few minutes longer than you would if it were raw to ensure that it gets warmed through.
  2. You can use either red or green cabbage for this recipe.
  3. Try to use your frozen cabbage within 3-4 months. If frozen longer, it may develop freezer burn.
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 6 hours
  • Category: Side dish
  • Method: Freezer
  • Cuisine: Healthy

Keywords: freezing cabbage, how to freeze green cabbage

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