Preserving The Harvest: Dehydrating Cabbage

by Texas Homesteader

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Early spring is a great time to pick up cabbage. I came by quite a bit of cabbage this year.  Cabbage keeps reasonably well in the fridge. And of course if you make sauerkraut  you can preserve it for longer.  But I don’t care for sauerkraut.

So I cooked with this fresh cabbage for quite a few nights. I sauteed onions in a small amount of olive oil and then cooked the cabbage sliced into strips until crunchy-tender.  It was delicious.

But you know even if something is delicious you can only force serve it to your family for supper for so long before there’s a rebellion in the household.  I found that I really liked the taste of cabbage dropped into my endless soup. So I used some each week there for a while as well. But now the time had come to preserve it for longer term.


Preparing Fresh Cabbage For Dehydration

I took the remaining heads of cabbage and peeled off the outside leaves, washed the heads and allowed them to dry. Then I sliced each head into quarters to make them much easier to core. I went through each head of cabbage, coring them all & setting them aside.

Then I took each quarter and cut the cabbage into about 1.5″ x 2.5″ strips.  Of course only the outside leaves are nice & smooth, the deeper into the cabbage head you get the thicker & more “wadded” the leaves become.  I was careful to snap the heavier ribs in half to open them up a little for more even drying.

Dehydrating The Cabbage

Then I pulled out my 9-tray * Excalibur Dehydrator and started loading up the trays with cut-up cabbage, spreading it evenly.  I didn’t fuss with trying to keep any pieces from touching, I knew the leaves would shrink as they dried.

Since there were many of the more curled leaves I decided to leave every other tray removed so I could slide the loaded trays into their slots more easily.  I took my dehydrator to the back porch to keep that heat outside where it belongs. Then I placed it on a small table, plugged it in and waited.


My Excalibur books recommends drying cabbage until leathery, or approximately 7 to 11 hours.  After the cabbage pieces were fully dried I allowed them to air dry overnight just to make sure the moisture was gone. Then I packed the dried leaves into large containers for my pantry.

Now throughout the year when I want to use my dehydrated cabbage it’s just a pantry away!  If I’m using it in my endless soup I’ll drop the dried leaves right into the simmering broth along with my dry rice. It rehydrates right in the soup pot!

~TxH~

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26 thoughts on “Preserving The Harvest: Dehydrating Cabbage

  1. Lisa M

    This is a great idea! I’ve never tried dehydrating cabbage but I bet it would be great in soups in the winter!

    Thanks again for linking up with Green Thumb Thursday. I hope you’ll join us this week also!

    Lisa

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  2. Jennifer

    I had no idea cabbage could be dehydrate! Thanks for the great tip and I love that it can be dropped into any soup to add some extra texture and nutrition. Thanks for linking up at the Weekend Blog Hop at My Flagstaff Home!

    Jennifer

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  3. Amy

    I have had my Excalibur for barely over a month now & have been using it pretty much non-stop every time i can find fresh or frozen produce at a really good sale price! I’ve done tomatoes (canned diced tomatoes & dehyrated the skins for tomato powder) diced potatoes, red & green bell peppers and just about every variety of frozen vegetables. So now with cabbage on sale for St Patrick’s Day i was curious if that could be done as well! Yay! Time to stock up! I’m curious if the whole leaves could also be dried to use latwr for cabbage rolls?

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  4. Teresa

    Just put my first load of cabbage in the dehydrator, can’t wait to see how it turns out. Thank you for the post. I have alot of cabbage to do, it hasdone well this year.

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  5. Tanya @ Seven Springs Homestead

    Thanks for sharing this post at The Green Thumb Thursday Garden Blog Hop. We hope you will join us again this week.
    I have so much cabbage in my garden, ready to be harvested. My husband was just asking what I plan to do with it. I am going to try to dehydrate some. Thanks for the tip.

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  7. Deb Ulatowski

    Hey, Tammy, love the idea of dried cabbage!! Do you have a sort of recipe for your Veggie Broth or Powder that you’d care to share?!
    When I make my favoritist dish of fried cabbage, I usually add some cooked ham or smoked sausage, and a couple of cubed potatoes.. seems to stick the Hubby’s ribs a little better..
    Now have to wait for the store to open… got a taste for cabbabe…
    Thank you!!

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    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      I love cabbage with smoked ham as well, never tried adding potatoes with it though – that sounds delish! I use my veggie granules usually strictly as an add-in when a dish is boiling. I like to add it to rice as it’s cooking and to soups to thicken and intensify the flavor. When I’m making marinara I like to add it while the tomatoes simmer. I’ve never made the veggie granules into a stand-alone soup, although I imagine I could. Hummm… ~TMR~

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  9. Erlene

    Interesting. I’ve never heard of dehydrating cabbage before. Learned something new. Thanks for sharing on the Merry Monday Linky Party.

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  10. Randomly Fascinated

    Have you tried the rehydrated cabbage? I am wondering what else it would be good for besides soup? I am thinking anything with cooked cabbage, but just curious what you have tried? I love steamed cabbage with lemon juice and I use it as a rice replacement (similar to califlour rice, but with cabbage instead). Do you think it would work well for those?

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    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      I use it primarily in my soup but I did try to rehydrate it into our go-to cabbage side dish of sauteed onions & cabbage cooked in a little broth. I discovered on that meal that cabbage needs longer to rehydrate, it was somewhat tough & chewy. I’m planning on giving it another go soon to see how long I need to rehydrate to use it for a side dish. I’ll be sure to post it when I get my “Eureka” moment! ~TMR~

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  11. Annie @ Montana Homesteader

    Wow, I never thought of dehydrating cabbage before!! I planted a bunch of cabbage in our garden with hopes of making sauerkraut to freeze and keeping some in cool storage. I love the idea of dehydrating it. I just got an Excalibur so will definitely be trying this!

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    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      Annie, I’ve only had my Excalibur for a few weeks but I’m so excited about it. I can say that if you’re doing to do any quantity of dehydrating it sure makes it easier. ~TMR~

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  12. ColleenB. ~ Texas

    who had thought…….Dehydrating Cabbage.
    You can also make freezer coleslaw or stuffed cabbage wraps.
    Girl, you scared me with you cutting that cabbage core the way you are…….knife blade heading right towards your hand………Not a good thing.

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      1. ColleenB. ~ Texas

        :{ you are to cut Away from them fingers and hands. :} Always that chance of the knife slipping and getting away. ( I speak of experience)
        Sent you an email on freezing coleslaw

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  13. Cynthia

    Wow – thanks for the pictures and step by step instructions (I never thought of dehydrating cabbage). Pulling out the dehydrator this weekend. C

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  14. Christina Morley

    Visiting from Front Porch Friday. I never thought of dehydrating cabbage. I suppose it’s like dehydrated laver or nori (seaweed). Cabbage is very good for health. Take care and God bless!

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    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      I had never thought about dehydrating cabbage either Christina, but you know, even if you have to buy it, cabbage is SO CHEAP during early spring. Why not dehydrate it & use it all year long? I’m also thinking about grinding it into a powder along with some of my other dehydrated veggies & using it as my own veggie bouillon. 🙂 ~TMR~

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