Storing Cabbage

What are the best methods for storing cabbage? The first thing to know is that you should not wash a cabbage before storing it.

Cabbage should be stored in the refrigerator to retain quality and preserve vitamin C content.  The best temperature range for cabbage is 41-46°F (5-8°C).  Luckily, this is the temperature of most refrigerators.

Ideally, you should wrap your cabbage in plastic and store in the crisper section of your refrigerator.  The plastic will limit the air flow around the cabbage.  It also keeps moisture away from the cabbage.  If you don’t use plastic, your cabbage will still be okay.  The outer leaves may discolour, but you can just remove them.

Cabbage should never be stored with fruit, especially apples.  Some fruit gives off ethylene gas as it ripens.  This ethylene gas will cause the cabbage leaves to discolour and fall off.

Cabbages can be stored for 3 to 4 months.  Chinese cabbage won’t last quite as long.

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2 Comments on “Storing Cabbage

  1. I cannot always use a whole cabbage when I buy one so I cut it in half or thirds and put plastic wrap on the cabbage to protect the cut edge. I usually also put it inside a bag, but the edges still turn dark. I cut this off and use the cabbage anyway but is there a reason and can I prevent the cabbage from turning dark.

  2. No you can’t prevent it from turning dark. It’s not mold but is a reaction from cutting it with a steel knife

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