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Food Safety: Keeping Food Fresh Ideas relating to canning all types of foods, can also cover freezing for preservation, long term storage, avoiding spoilage and other safety concerns.

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Old 03-09-2002, 06:58 AM
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OAMC Cole slaw


Is it possible to freeze cole slaw? Does anyone have a recipe that works well? I would appreciate a low fat version.

Or do you have any kind of recipe for salads with raw vegetables that I can freeze?

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Old 05-20-2003, 05:49 AM
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My recipe for a "killer" coleslaw is very old and very simple.

Shred a head of cabbage. Place in a large bowl. Salt well and toss with your hands. Alow to sit for about 15 minutes to "sweat", then drain.

Add celery seed to taste (if you want to) and toss, then add mayonnaise to taste (if you want low-fat, use low-fat mayo, but it doesn't taste as good ;-) ). Refrigerate for about an hour and serve.

Coleslaw cannot be frozen because the freezing process makes the raw cabbage go "limp" and makes the mayo separate. Texture and taste become "yucky."

Most raw vegetables cannot be frozen because of the texture problem. Freezing breaks down the cellulose. cooking changes the texture, and most blanched or cooked veggies can be frozed with no problems. You might try blanching peas, green beans and diced carrots, freeze until needed, then use them to make a quick pasta salad using a low-fat salad dressing. Pasta doesn't freeze well, and you'll have to prepare it at the last minute.

If I need to make a lot of coleslaw, I get the bags of shredded cabbage. It works fairly well, but isn't quite as good.

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Old 05-21-2003, 10:35 AM
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My mother used to make a frozen cole slaw. I will see if I can find the recipe and get it to you.
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Old 05-21-2003, 10:44 AM
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Canned Cole Slaw

I just found this recipe yesterday, you might try it. I'll be checking another source I saw a recipe for freezing on.


 1 large head shredded cabbage
 1 cup diced celery
 2 cups shredded carrots
 1/2 cup diced onions
 2 cups sugar
 1/2 cup vinegar
 2 tsp. salt
 1/2 tsp celery seed
 1/2 tsp. mustard seed
Mix last 5 ingredients. Then mix everything. Put in jars, screw hot lids firmly. Process in boiling water bath 10 minutes. (I have had trouble getting the jars to seal because the ingredients are cold....make sure your lids are very HOT and your jars are HOT too. Once I did this, I had no trouble!)


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Old 05-21-2003, 10:51 AM
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fozen slaw

I will have to look for it , but I think I have a frozen slaw recipe. It is a vinegar (sweet/sour) base, not mayo based slaw.
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Old 05-21-2003, 11:31 AM
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Although I wasn't the original poster I must thank you for your recipe.

My grandmother used to make coleslaw using vinegar and sugar and I lost her recipe. So, I am very excited to try yours.
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Old 05-21-2003, 11:38 AM
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Hi How many Pints does that recipe make? I think I will try that I am getting ready to can Pinto Beans so might as well do this to thanks
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Old 05-21-2003, 12:27 PM
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Thanks LisaHVA and Karen,

Unfortunately I don't know much about this recipe. I got it off the net yesterday from one of my newsletters but don't remember which one, it also gave a recipe for cream of mushroom soup canned, I copied them to my disk for later use. I think I got it from Wanda Lynch at Phancypages? not sure.

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Old 05-21-2003, 03:08 PM
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I used to work at a restaurant that made's my version of what they had. I use pickle relish that I make myself, so if anyone wants the recipe for that, let me know.


1 medium head of cabbage, shredded or chopped finely
1 medium carrot, shredded
* 1/8 tsp celery seed
* 1 c sweet pickle relish with syrup included
* 1 1/4 c Miracle Whip Salad Dressing
* 1/2 Tbsp prepared mustard
* 3 Tbsp sugar

Mix ingredients well. Ingredients with an asterisk (*) may be adjusted to the individual's taste, but add only a little at a time.

Yield: 8 - 12 servings

Charlene, mother to five

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Old 05-21-2003, 03:41 PM
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I would love the relish recipe thanks again.
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