26 August 2014

Freezer Coleslaw

At the One Day Workshop reunion a couple of weeks ago we were talking about cabbage and how to use up an abundance. When I mentioned freezer coleslaw all heads turned with interest and the questions started to flow.

Yes you can make coleslaw and freeze it. Yes it thaws beautifully and the cabbage will be crisp. Yes it's a great way to use up excess cabbage, especially if you're not a fan of sauerkraut or are sick to death of chop suey and cabbage rolls for dinner.

This recipe uses a vinegar based dressing which helps it to remain crisp after freezing, Freezer coleslaw doesn't work with a mayonnaise style dressing. It's not complicated but you must follow the steps. Don't be tempted to skip any and don't be tempted to try and rush them. The idea is to remove as much excess water from the cabbage as possible before you freeze it so you'll have delightfully crisp coleslaw when it thaws.

Freezer Coleslaw

1 large head of cabbage, shredded
1/4 cup salt
Cold water
1 cup white vinegar
2 cups sugar
1 tsp mustard seed
1 tsp celery seed
1 large carrot, grated
1 capsicum, diced (green, yellow or red - your choice)

Step 1. Put the cabbage and salt in a large plastic or glass bowl. Add enough water to just cover the cabbage. Let the cabbage soak for 1 hour.

Step 2. While the cabbage is soaking make the dressing. Combine the vinegar, sugar, mustard seed and celery seed in a saucepan and bring to the boil. Boil for 1 minute. Remove from the heat and allow to cool to lukewarm.

Step 3. After 1 hour drain and rinse the cabbage thoroughly. Then squeeze to remove as much water as you can. This is an important step in getting crisp cabbage in your freeze coleslaw.

Step 4. Add the carrot and capsicum to the cabbage and toss through.

Step 5. Pour the cooled dressing over the vegetables and toss through.

Step 6. The coleslaw is ready to use and can be stored in a covered container in the fridge for up to two weeks. To freeze the coleslaw portion into freezer safe containers or ziplock bags and place in the freezer. This coleslaw will keep in the freezer for up to three months.

To use the coleslaw take a container from the freezer, let it thaw and serve.

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