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    freezing dtuff

    can cabbage be frozen, if so what steps? like the other greens, I was wondering if I blanch the leaves forst, put them in cold water, let cool and guess pat dry put in bags then freeze. would like some feed back on this.

    and how about cantalope, watermelon, honey dew, and the other water based fruits.

    thanks for your answers!!
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    I have heard that you can freeze a whole head of cabbage to prepare it for cabbage rolls. Once the head comes out of the freezer, you let it thaw and then the leaves are soft and pliable for removing from the head and wrapping into rolls. This will give you an idea of what frozen cabbage becomes after thawing.
    I have heard of blending melon with a simple syrup to make frozen ices but not freezing as a fruit.

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    Most fruits can be frozen, simply by cutting up and freezing.
    However, you may find they will be softer and may slump when thawed (eg. strawberries, raspberries, plums etc.).
    Also, with a lot of water/juice created.

    Melons will keep their shape fairly well, though may be softer in texture and create some juice.


    Cabbage can be frozen, blanched or not.


    When I want to freeze something, but unsure ... I try a small "test" when I have some on hand. That way I haven't done a lot of work or gone to a big expense, if I do not like the results. Leave it in the freezer for a couple of weeks, and then take it out and see how it "performs" and make your decisions.


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    You can also contact the farm extension department at your local university. They usually always have information on canning and freezing foods.

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    Yes, you can freeze cabbage. I do for soup. I just chop the cabbage up, put it in vacuum seal bags and then in the freezer. When I get ready to make vegetable soup, I grab a bag of cabbage and dump it in. It's SOOO good. I've never frozen it for cabbage rolls, so I'm not sure how it would turn out.

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    REgarding freezing melon like fruits I did it once many years ago and was very disapointed with the results I cut the fruit into bite sized pieces and froze them in zip lock bags .When I defrosted them the juice was in the bowl and the remaining fruit was a limp undesirable mess Never again
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    Quote Originally Posted by Karen1956 View Post
    Yes, you can freeze cabbage. I do for soup. I just chop the cabbage up, put it in vacuum seal bags and then in the freezer. When I get ready to make vegetable soup, I grab a bag of cabbage and dump it in. It's SOOO good. I've never frozen it for cabbage rolls, so I'm not sure how it would turn out.
    I have frozen chopped cabbage too It works very well for soup.No need for blanching.
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    I have frozen cabbage in the past. I just chop it up and put it in freezer bags. Cantaloupe come out pretty mushy. It does make a good smoothie with some vanilla yogurt.

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    I freeze raw cabbage, I quarter it and chop it up. I use it for my soups and when I make fried cabbage and bow ties!
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    Quote Originally Posted by girliegirl View Post
    I freeze raw cabbage, I quarter it and chop it up. I use it for my soups and when I make fried cabbage and bow ties!
    Please do tell us more about fried cabbage and bow ties ... perhaps a recipe too!
    I am totally intrigued!! THANKS!!
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    Omg! QuiltE my grammy made this like every week... she would put in the big fry pan a stick of butter, slice and chop up a head of cabbage, cook it down til it is tender, salt and pepper to taste and she would boil a pound box of bowties and mix it all together in one of her big bowls ! that simple and there was never any left overs.. if we were lucky, she would boil up sausage and potatoes and serve them in another bowl..

    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE View Post
    Please do tell us more about fried cabbage and bow ties ... perhaps a recipe too!
    I am totally intrigued!! THANKS!!
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    You have my attention, GGirl! ... I had wondered if it may be as simple as that, though I also wondered what other add ins there might be. mmmmmm sausage would be perfect ... or even some browned bulk sausage added to the mix. I grew up with lots of boiled cabbage (of course, slathered in butter!) and know many do not like cabbage, though I do! And when I have it, will add a wedge to cook alongside of roast veggies. Love the sweetness it can add to veggie soup.

    Now get this ... I don't particularly care for cole slaw or cabbage salad! Weird, I know!
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    oh man now i am hungry !! when i cut up the cabbage i will eat the center core of it.. just like my Dad used to do.
    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE View Post
    You have my attention, GGirl! ... I had wondered if it may be as simple as that, though I also wondered what other add ins there might be. mmmmmm sausage would be perfect ... or even some browned bulk sausage added to the mix. I grew up with lots of boiled cabbage (of course, slathered in butter!) and know many do not like cabbage, though I do! And when I have it, will add a wedge to cook alongside of roast veggies. Love the sweetness it can add to veggie soup.

    Now get this ... I don't particularly care for cole slaw or cabbage salad! Weird, I know!
    Squirrelly Shirley

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    My DM fixed cabbage and turnips in a similar method. First..bacon grease or salt pork, of course. Then boil covered pan of either veg with little salt and pepper and sugar. Just cooked til tender and I can make my meal on either one. Hard to find good turnips that aren't bitter since our neighbor quit sowing them in their corn fields!

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    Melons are delicious frozen and then eaten frozen. Melon pops..cool treat for summer.
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    yeah girliegirl, recipe please! and for the extension for NC, I didn't even think about that one! will do that this week! thanks everyone for your help!

    thanks girlirgirl, so fried cabage wuth bowties, polish kelbaska???

    throw diced potatoes(already cooked, also the sausage, add it all together, mmmmm what a meal) I will do this one this week! again thanks everyone....
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