Does cabbage need to be refrigerated?

In this brief guide, we will discuss the following question, “does cabbage need to be refrigerated?” and other queries related to this topic.

Does cabbage need to be refrigerated? 

Yes, cabbage needs to be refrigerated to keep it fresh. Store the head of cabbage in the refrigerator in a plastic bag but make sure to not wash it beforehand. At fridge temperature, the head of cabbage will last for about two months. This long shelf life is due to its low water content compared to other types of vegetables.

Moreover, cutting the head of cabbage can accelerate its spoilage due to the loss of vitamin C. Once you cut the head of cabbage, do not wash with water the part you are not willing to use instead wrap it in a plastic paper or bag and store it in the refrigerator.

Furthermore, home shredded cabbage lasts for only about 3 days. Because after this period you will start to notice that the edges of your shredded cabbage are turning black or brown. Hence, instead of throwing your shredded cabbage, use them within three days in salads.

In addition, if you bought from the market a bag of pre packaged cabbage try to consume it as fast as possible and follow the instructions mentioned on the bag. Usually, such a product has a stamped “best-before” date.

Besides, if you do not have a place in your fridge to store the head of cabbage, the root cellar is an appropriate place to store the cabbage since it is a cool place and has high humidity. Like refrigerating the cabbage, you should not wash or remove the outer leaves of the cabbage before storing it in the root cellar.

This way the head of cabbage can remain fresh for about three months.

How to store cabbage in the refrigerator?

To store the cabbage in the refrigerator, as mentioned earlier, do not wash or remove the outer cabbage paper. The excess moisture will stimulate mold growth within the cabbage and as a result its spoilage. Moreover, the outer paper is considered a protector of the inner cabbage leaves.

Furthermore, the best place to store your cabbage in the refrigerator is the drawers. The drawers are a humid place to preserve the freshness of the cabbage. Before placing the head of cabbage in the drawer, wrap it in a plastic bag.

How long can cooked cabbage last in the fridge?

Usually, cooked cabbage can last 3 to 5 days in the refrigerator. So, cooked cabbage does not last for a long time in your refrigerator like the whole uncooked cabbage. 

However, once you cooked your cabbage or prepared any dish that contains cabbage, consider refrigerating the dish within 2 hours because leaving it at room temperature will increase the risk of bacterial growth.

Moreover, you can freeze your cooked cabbage if you put it in an airtight container.

How to freeze cabbage?

To freeze your cabbage you need to blanch it first because it is not possible to store raw cabbage in the freezer. So, grab the head of cabbage you are willing to freeze, then remove the outer leaves and wash the inner leaves. 

Then, after washing the cabbage leaves, shred or cut the leaves according to how you are willing to use them after.

After that, blanch your shredded cabbage in hot water for about 90 seconds. The more your cabbage pieces are big the more the time they need in the water. 

Then directly afterward place them in a bowl of ice and water to stop their cooking. Once your cabbage is cooled down, remove them from the water and let them dry on a baking sheet.

Finally, place the well-dried cabbage in an air-sealed container or bag, and after that put the bags or the containers in the freezer. They can last for about nine months to one year. 

Once you decide to use them, remove the bag from the freezer and put it in the refrigerator overnight to thaw.

How to choose the cabbage?

Before buying the cabbage, many factors should be taken into consideration in order to buy a good vegetable that is rich in nutrients and that can last for a long time. First, the leaves of the head of the cabbage should be green and fresh and do not have any damage, insect bites, or dark spots.

Furthermore, make sure that the cabbage is firm from the outside and it is not soft. Also, check the stem of the cabbage which is the lower part of the cabbage.

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In this brief guide, we discussed the following question, “does cabbage need to be refrigerated?” and other queries related to this topic.


Hi, I am Charlotte, I love cooking and in my previous life, I was a chef. I bring some of my experience to the recipes on this hub and answer your food questions.