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Can You Freeze Shredded Cabbage for Coleslaw?

Scroll down for the smartest way to freeze cabbage for coleslaw!

Updated March 23, 2021
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Cabbage and coleslaw are both foods where it's very easy to wind up with way too much of them. Whole cabbages grow a crazy amount in volume when you shred them, and most coleslaw recipes seem to make enough for a crowd. This can be a struggle when you've only got a party of two or three!

So, we've scoured the internet for the best tips for freezing shredded cabbage for coleslaw (and on freezing coleslaw itself!) so that you don't have to let any food go to waste. After all, it would be a shame for anything to spoil because you weren't sure how to store it.

The quick answer to "Can you freeze shredded cabbage for coleslaw?" is "No, you have to turn it into coleslaw first."

If you toss a bag of shredded cabbage into the freezer in hopes that it will defrost into crispy cabbage that's perfect for coleslaw, you're going to be disappointed. Cabbage, like many other leafy vegetables, has a high enough water content that it will break down and become soggy when frozen. You can freeze cabbage if you plan to use it in a cooked dish like cabbage rolls or cabbage casserole, but it won't be great for coleslaw.

However, turning it into coleslaw first solves the problem! As long as you do it the right way, that is. Read on to discover how to freeze shredded cabbage for coleslaw without ruining it.

How to Freeze Shredded Cabbage for Coleslaw

The secret is to make freezer coleslaw! This old fashioned recipe is a classic for a reason. Not only does it produce tasty coleslaw, but the defrosted cabbage is also crisp and delicious. Adding the liquid to the shredded cabbage helps to preserve its texture.

Try this easy Freezer Slaw Recipe from AllRecipes

You'll notice that this recipe, and other recipes for freezer coleslaw, omit mayonnaise. This is because mayonnaise does not freeze well. It separates and the texture gets weird.

While many of you probably prefer mayo-free slaw, there is a solution for those of you who prefer a creamier version (I am in this camp!). Once you've defrosted your freezer slaw, simply add mayo. Mix everything together, taste for seasoning, and then serve!

Tip for making freezer coleslaw

Can You Freeze Coleslaw?

You might be able to figure out the answer to this based on the info above.

Yes, you can freeze coleslaw as long as the dressing doesn't contain mayonnaise. If the dressing is mayo-based, then it will separate in the freezer and ruin the coleslaw.

To freeze coleslaw that doesn't have mayo in it, store it in a freezer-safe container or a freezer bag (push out the excess air). Label it with the date and use within 2 months. To defrost, place in the refrigerator overnight. Once it is defrosted, you will probably have to spoon off some excess liquid, but after that your slaw should be crisp and tasty!


There you have it! Those are our best tips for freezing cabbage for coleslaw. We hope these help you save some money and prevent some food waste. If you have your own tips for freezing veggies or storing food, be sure to let us know in the comments below!

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