Do you love cabbage slaw, but hate the process of cutting cabbage for it? Check out this blog post to learn how to cut cabbage for slaw the easy way!
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Select a cabbage.
Green and red cabbage are the most common type of cabbage used in coleslaw, but you could also use Napa cabbage or savoy cabbage. Look for a head that is heavy for its size and has crisp, brightly colored leaves. Avoid cabbages with wilted leaves or those that have brown or yellow patches.
Remove any bad leaves.
Remove any bad leaves. Cut the cabbage in half, then slice each half into thin strips. You can also shred the cabbage by cutting it into quarters and then slicing it very thinly.
Cut the cabbage in half.
Cut the cabbage in half, then slice it very thinly. You can do this with a sharp knife, or use a mandoline or food processor fitted with a slicing attachment. If you’re using a knife, aim for pieces that are about 1/16-inch (1.6-mm) thick.
Remove the core.
Using a sharp knife, remove the hard white core from the cabbage. You can do this by cutting the cabbage in half, then cutting each half in half, and then slicing out the core.
Shred the cabbage.
Once the core is removed, shred the cabbage using a sharp knife or a mandoline. If you are using a knife, you can cut the cabbage into thin strips or shred it into thin strips. If you are using a mandoline, shred the cabbage into thin strips.
Soak the cabbage in cold water.
Once the cabbage is shredded, place it in a large bowl of cold water and let it soak for at least 30 minutes. This will help to soften the cabbage and make it easier to cut.
Drain the cabbage and pat it dry.
After 30 minutes, drain the cabbage in a colander and pat it dry with a clean towel.
Slice the cabbage thinly.
Cabbage for slaw should be very thinly sliced. You can use a sharp knife to do this, but a mandoline slicer will give you the thinnest, most uniform slices.
If you’re using a knife, first cut the cabbage in half through the core, then slice it as thinly as possible. If you’re using a mandoline, start by cutting the cabbage in half through the core. Lay one half of the cabbage flat on the mandoline and use the guard to slice it as thinly as possible. Repeat with the other half of the cabbage.
Put the cabbage in a bowl.
To cut cabbage for slaw, first cut the cabbage in half, then cut out the core. Next, slice the cabbage thinly or coarsely, depending on your preference. Finally, chop the cabbage into bite-size pieces.
Add dressing and mix.
In a small bowl whisk together dressing ingredients: mayonnaise, sugar, vinegar, celery seed and pepper. Add to cabbage mixture; mix well. Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate for up to 2 hours, stirring once or twice.
Add other ingredients, if desired.
Slaw is a great summer dish, and it’s easy to make your own at home. Cabbage is the key ingredient, and there are a few different ways you can cut it for slaw. The most important thing is to use a sharp knife and to cut the cabbage into thin, even strips.
One way to cut cabbage for slaw is to first remove the thick core from the cabbage. Cut the cabbage in half, then slice each half into thin strips. You can also cut the cabbage into quarters, then slice each quarter into thin strips. Or, you can cut the cabbage into eighths, then slice each eighth into thin strips. The thinner the strips, the better.
Another way to cut cabbage for slaw is to shred it. Remove the thick core from the cabbage, then shred the cabbage using a food processor or a grater. If you’re using a food processor, shredding attachment is best. If you’re grating by hand, use the large holes on the grater. Again, aim for thin, even strips of cabbage.
Once you’ve cut or shredded your cabbage, add any other desired ingredients to your slaw mix. Common additions include shredded carrots, diced onion, diced bell pepper, chopped celery, diced apple, raisins or dried cranberries, chopped nuts (such as peanuts or almonds), and/or seeds (such as sunflower or pumpkin seeds). Experiment until you find a combo you love!
Serve and enjoy.
Once you have your cabbage cut, it’s time to enjoy! Slaw is often served as a side dish, but it can also be used as a topping for tacos, sandwiches, and burgers. Get creative and enjoy!