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shredded cabbage in a freezer bag on a counter before going into the freezer

How to Freeze Cabbage

Learn how to preserve cabbage by freezing it for later use.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 14 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 57kcal


  • 1 head cabbage


  • Prepare the cabbage for freezing. Remove any damaged or wilted outer leaves, wash under cold running water, and pat dry. Slice cabbage into desired shape: either shreds or wedges.
  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Prepare a mixing bowl with ice water. Once boiling, drop the cabbage into the pot of water. For shredded cabbage, cook for 30 to 60 seconds once the water returns to a boil. For cabbage wedges, increase cook time to 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Remove the cabbage from the boiling water with a slotted spoon. Plunge it into the bowl of ice water and let cool for a few minutes.
  • Drain the cabbage and pat dry. Transfer to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Spread it out in a single layer.
  • Place the baking sheet in the freezer, somewhere it can lie flat, for 1 to 2 hours until the cabbage is frozen solid.
  • Transfer the frozen cabbage to freezer bags, remove as much air as possible, and seal. Store for up to 6 months in the freezer.
  • Use the cabbage directly from frozen in cooked/hot cabbage dishes like soups.


Serving: 1quarter | Calories: 57kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 41mg | Potassium: 386mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 222IU | Vitamin C: 83mg | Calcium: 91mg | Iron: 1mg