I am the only one in my house who eats cabbage. I find that most cabbages are much too large for me to buy and consume before it starts to go bad so I do not buy cabbage very often. Then I found out that you can freeze it and I started craving fried cabbage with garlic and balsamic vinegar.
Can You Freeze Cabbage?
Thankfully, cabbage is relatively easy to freeze and will stay good in the freezer for several years.
How To Freeze Cabbage
Because there can be worms in cabbage it is a good idea to give it a good soak to get out the dirt and critters. If you float your cabbage heads in a sink or bucket of water that should get rid of them.
After the cabbage has been cleaned you can cut the head into quarters or more pieces if you have a larger cabbage. You do not want to remove the heart of the cabbage or the pieces will fall apart when you blanch them.
You want to blanch the cabbage in boiling water for about three minutes and then transfer the cabbage to an ice water bath. When you blanch vegetables before you freeze them you are not trying to cook them but rather you are removing any bacteria, mold, and fungus that may cause the food to spoil. You are also destroying the enzymes that cause foods to ripen so that they do not spoil over time.
After the ice water bath (which stops the cabbage from cooking), drain as much of the water off of the cabbage as you can. Put the cabbage into serving size portions in freezer bags. You can squeeze all the air out before sealing or if you have a vacuum sealer, that works well too. You want to get out all of the air to avoid freezer burn.
Make sure you label and date your packages so that you can use the oldest packages first. Cabbage has a long shelf life and can be kept in the freezer for a couple of years before it starts to lose its flavor.
Cabbage will definitely lose some crunch when you blanch and freeze it so it is best used in cooked recipes