Freezer Slaw


Freezer slaw is a great make-ahead slaw that stays crisp! This is my husband's mom's recipe that's been in the family for years. I shred the cabbage and other vegetables in the food processor.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
5 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
1 hrs 25 mins


  • 1 large head cabbage, shredded

  • 1 green bell pepper, finely chopped

  • 1 small small onion, finely chopped

  • 2 carrots, shredded

  • 2 cups boiling water

  • 2 teaspoons salt

  • 1 ½ cups white sugar

  • 1 cup water

  • ¾ cup cider vinegar

  • 2 teaspoons celery seed


  1. Combine cabbage, green bell pepper, onion, and carrots in a large bowl. Mix boiling water and salt together in a separate bowl and pour over cabbage mixture; set aside for salt to draw out extra water from vegetables, about 1 hour. Drain well.

  2. Mix sugar, 1 cup water, cider vinegar, and celery seed in a saucepan; bring to a boil. Cook and stir until sugar is dissolved, about 1 minute. Remove the saucepan from the heat and cool completely.

  3. Pour cooled sugar-vinegar mixture over drained cabbage mixture in a large bowl and toss until slaw is well mixed. Spoon slaw into resealable plastic bags; squeeze out excess air, seal the bag, and freeze.


When ready to use, thaw in the refrigerator, drain excess fluid, and add mayonnaise to suit your taste.

Editor's Note:

The nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of salted water. The actual amount of salted water consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

102 Calories
0g Fat
25g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 102
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g 0%
Sodium 313mg 14%
Total Carbohydrate 25g 9%
Dietary Fiber 2g 9%
Total Sugars 22g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 35mg 177%
Calcium 43mg 3%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 189mg 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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