Rating: 4.57 stars
14 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 10
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0

My husband kept talking about 'Freezer Slaw' that his mom made and I couldn't find a recipe for it and she couldn't find hers. Luckily, his aunt still had it! This is a great make-ahead slaw that stays crisp! I shred the cabbage and other vegetables in the food processor.

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
5 mins
additional:
1 hr 30 mins
total:
1 hr 55 mins
Servings:
16
Yield:
16 servings
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Ingredients

16
Original recipe yields 16 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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

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  • 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 saucepan from heat and cool completely.

  • 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 and freeze.

Editor's Note:

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

Cook's Note:

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

I double this recipe. It is a little time consuming, so I want plenty stocked up!

Nutrition Facts

102 calories; protein 1.2g; carbohydrates 25g; fat 0.2g; sodium 312.7mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (11)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
07/25/2014
This is a wonderful slaw. It's excellent fresh, 'as is' without being drained and adding mayo. I'll be making plenty with the garden cabbage to use through the winter. Brought a rave from my husband. Read More
(19)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
07/24/2015
I made this recipe a couple of weeks ago. We had some for dinner the day I made it, and I liked it. I put the rest in the freezer, and was so curious to find out what it would be like after having been frozen. I thawed it out for dinner last night, and served it with our Turkey Avocado Paninis (also from this site). No one in my family cared for this after having been frozen. It was soggy (even after draining all the liquid) and limp. I tried adding a little mayo to it, to see if that would help, but it only made it worse. It ended up in the garbage. I would give it 4 stars before freezing, but 1 star after being frozen - so I'm settling on 2 stars, considering it's supposed to be "freezer slaw". Read More
(6)
14 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 10
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
07/25/2014
This is a wonderful slaw. It's excellent fresh, 'as is' without being drained and adding mayo. I'll be making plenty with the garden cabbage to use through the winter. Brought a rave from my husband. Read More
(19)
Rating: 4 stars
07/22/2016
This was the closest recipe I could find that matched my grandmother's freezer slaw. It can be simplified and still has a great taste! I skipped step one altogether. Just do steps 2 and 3 and skip the mayo it's not needed. The longer it sits in the vinegar the tastier it gets. I ate a good sized bowl before it even made it to the freezer! Read More
(8)
Rating: 2 stars
07/24/2015
I made this recipe a couple of weeks ago. We had some for dinner the day I made it, and I liked it. I put the rest in the freezer, and was so curious to find out what it would be like after having been frozen. I thawed it out for dinner last night, and served it with our Turkey Avocado Paninis (also from this site). No one in my family cared for this after having been frozen. It was soggy (even after draining all the liquid) and limp. I tried adding a little mayo to it, to see if that would help, but it only made it worse. It ended up in the garbage. I would give it 4 stars before freezing, but 1 star after being frozen - so I'm settling on 2 stars, considering it's supposed to be "freezer slaw". Read More
(6)
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Rating: 5 stars
02/25/2016
I had been looking for a good coleslaw with a vinegar base. I found it! This coleslaw is delicious! Bonus: you can always have some on hand in the freezer! Read More
(5)
Rating: 5 stars
04/06/2015
Forget the mayo and add several grinds of coarse ground black pepper fantastic! Read More
(3)
Rating: 5 stars
10/01/2019
I have been looking for a while for a freezer cole slaw. My aunt used to make it and I always remembered it. It is very good even though I cut the sugar in half and it was still a little too sweet. Only problem is that it hasn’t made it to the freezer yet. Just can’t bring myself to put it away. Will probably have to make another batch to freeze. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/30/2018
I'm not usually a fan of sweet cole slaw but I really enjoy this one! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
08/17/2020
Love this recipe! Easy to make and so colorful! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
06/14/2019
This was very delicious and I love that you can make ahead and freeze! Read More