How long does cabbage last in the fridge?

In this brief guide, we are going to answer the question “How long does cabbage last in the fridge” with an in-depth analysis of the shelf life of cabbage in the fridge. Moreover, we are going to discuss the shelf life of cabbage stored on the counter or in the freezer as well as the tips to store the cabbage properly.

So without much ado, let’s dive in and figure out more about it.

How long does cabbage last in the fridge?

Fresh whole cabbage lasts for about 1-2 months when stored properly in the fridge at or below 40 degrees Fahrenheit. On the other hand, once you have cut the cabbage, it lasts for about 7-10 days when stored properly in the fridge in a plastic zipper bag at or below 40 degrees Fahrenheit.

Cooked cabbage lasts for about 3-5 days when stored in the fridge in an air-tight container. Last but not least in the case of shredded or bagged cabbage it is better to stick to the “best before” date written on it.

You should always store your cabbage at 40°F or below in the fridge. Bacterial growth takes place at a faster pace between the temperature of 40°F and 140°F, therefore it is always advised to store cabbage at a lower temperature to preserve its freshness and quality for a long time.

How long does cabbage last at the counter?

Fresh whole cabbage lasts for about 1-2 days when stored at the counter away from direct sunlight and heat.

Once you have cut the cabbage, the clock starts ticking and cut cabbage can last for only about 2-3 hours when stored at the counter.

Cooked cabbage lasts for only about 2 hours when left out in the open. Bacteria grow at a faster pace between 40 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit therefore it is recommended to discard the cooked cabbage that is left in open for more than 2 hours as there is a great chance that the bacteria would have already spread over it and would have spoiled it.

How long does cabbage last in the freezer?

Cabbage lasts for about 9-12 months when stored properly in the freezer in plastic freezer bags or air-tight containers.

So what you gotta do to freeze cabbage is to wash the cabbage thoroughly and afterward remove the coarse outer leaves. Now cut the cabbage into thin slices or separate the leaves. Blanch them by putting them in boiling water for 2-3 minutes and afterward cooling them in the ice-cold water. 

Afterward, drain the water and pat dry the cabbage leaves/slice cabbage. Line these cabbage leaves on the cookie tray and let them freeze. Once they get frozen, divide them into portions that you generally need and transfer them to the plastic freezer bags. Label the bags and store them in the freezer.

Now when you want to thaw frozen cabbage, you can either thaw it by leaving it in the fridge overnight or if you are going to add it to a cooked dish then you can directly add the frozen cabbage to the dish during cooking, but do not forget to adjust the time of the dish according to the time it takes for the cabbage to defrost.

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How to tell if the cabbage is bad?

Certain indicators point out bad cabbage. You can tell if your cabbage has gone bad or not by considering its appearance, texture, and smell.

Appearance

In the case of the whole cabbage if you notice that its outer leaves have shriveled then it indicates that the cabbage is past its prime time.

Moreover, if you notice that the edges of your cabbage have darkened or the cut cabbage has started to turn greyish brown then it means that your cabbage has gone bad. In the case of the whole cabbage, you can cut and discard the specific part of the cabbage that has off-colors while the rest of the cabbage can be used.

Texture 

If you notice that the cabbage has softened or has a slimy texture, then it is the indication that your cabbage has gone bad. 

Smell

If you notice some off-smell (rotten or putrid smell) or something that does not quite smell like the fresh cabbage while taking a sniff test then it means that your cabbage has gone bad and you should discard it.

Tips to properly store cabbage

  1. Cabbage should be stored properly in a mesh or plastic bag in the crisper drawer of the fridge.
  1. You should store your cooked cabbage in an air-tight container in the fridge.
  1. You should cool your cooked cabbage before putting it in the air-tight container or plastic zipper bag. If you store hot cooked cabbage inside the air-tight container, moisture will build up inside it and will provide a suitable environment for microbes to grow.

You can read how to make fried cabbage here.

Conclusion

In this brief guide, we answered the question “How long does cabbage last in the fridge” with an in-depth analysis of the shelf life of cabbage in the fridge. Moreover, we discussed the shelf life of cabbage stored on the counter or in the freezer as well as the tips to store the cabbage properly.

Citations

https://www.stilltasty.com/fooditems/index/16659

Mahnoor Asghar is a Clinical Nutritionist with a bachelor's degree in Nutrition and Dietetics. She is compassionate and dedicated to playing her part in the well-being of the masses. She wants to play a fruitful role in creating nutrition and health-related awareness among the general public. Additionally, she has a keen eye for detail and loves to create content related to food, nutrition, health, and wellness.