How to Freeze Cole Slaw

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Freezing cole slaw with mayo-based dressing brings poor results.
Freezing cole slaw with mayo-based dressing brings poor results. (Image: cabbage image by AGphotographer from Fotolia.com)

While you can freeze virtually any food, some foods respond better than others to freezing, according to the United States Department of Agriculture. For instance, cole slaw can be frozen, yet avoid freezing slaw with mayonnaise dressing because when you thaw it out, the quality, texture and even taste will be lacking. If you have a cole slaw recipe that doesn't include mayo, freezing and thawing it out to eat at a later time should bring you satisfying results.

Things You'll Need

  • Large plastic freezer, zip-style bag
  • Baking sheet
  • Wax paper

Spoon the cole slaw into a large plastic freezer bag with a zip-style seal.

Seal the bag loosely where air can still escape and place the bag on its side on a flat surface. Slide your hands across the empty part of the bag to get rid of the air. Seal the bag tightly once you have removed as much air as possible.

Cover a baking sheet with wax paper and place the bag of cole slaw flat on the baking sheet. Place in the freezer for a maximum of two months.

Tips & Warnings

  • Defrost the slaw in the refrigerator for approximately two hours before serving. Drain off the excess liquid and serve with a slotted spoon for best results.
  • Add additional veggies such as carrots and bell peppers after thawing for a fresh touch.

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