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Old 06-07-2015, 04:17 PM   #1
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This year's cabbage?

Does anyone know how to tell if that cabbage at the store is from this year? Most of the cabbage I see seems to be from last year's harvest. It makes bland cole slaw and bland Danish Red Cabbage - Rødkål (Roedkaal).

I have had that problem this time of the year before.

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Old 06-07-2015, 04:26 PM   #2
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In my area, Central New York, cabbage plants have only been in the ground for a couple of weeks. Any cabbage I get in the markets here has been in storage or is being brought in from outside the area.
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Old 06-07-2015, 05:21 PM   #3
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In my area, Central New York, cabbage plants have only been in the ground for a couple of weeks. Any cabbage I get in the markets here has been in storage or is being brought in from outside the area.
That's pretty much the situation here. I just want to be able to figure out if it's the ones that have been in storage since last fall or the new ones being brought in.
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Old 06-07-2015, 06:18 PM   #4
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Cabbage is not in season now so it's likely that it was harvested earlier this year or last year, depending on where it's from. It's a cool-weather plant and lasts all winter here. Maybe you could ask the grocery store manager about it.
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Old 06-07-2015, 06:39 PM   #5
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Here in the US, markets are required to display the country of origin for all produce. Is that a requirement in Canada?
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Old 06-07-2015, 07:13 PM   #6
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Here in the US, markets are required to display the country of origin for all produce. Is that a requirement in Canada?
I don't think it is a requirement, but I often see the country of origin. Thanks for pointing that out.
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Old 06-08-2015, 01:32 AM   #7
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I'm just guessing here, but I bet any of the cabbages in the stores right now are "winter cabbages". They keep better than the early season variety, and they are sturdier (tougher) so they can keep over the winter. I made a batch of coleslaw with a newly-purchased cabbage a couple weeks ago. I still have some of it in the refrigerator, waiting to see if it will ever wilt down and soften! Toughest coleslaw we have ever had.
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Old 06-08-2015, 10:42 AM   #8
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Coleslaw tip:
I love it!
Make some form of it every week.
I rough chop the cabbage and a small sweet onion or a quarter of a sweet onion and the carrots I have already rough chopped and pulsed in the food processor Into a cold water bath to which I've added a couple T's of Kosher salt and sugar which have been melted in a little hot water.
Let the cabbage/carrots/sweet onion sit in the water for only about fifteen minutes. Rinse well and pat dry or use a salad spinner. At this point I put the cabbage/carrot/onion in the food processor and pulse until I have the consistency I want.
Then into a bowl>sprinkle of sugar>enough japanese mayo to coat everything. A T of homemade mustard. Season. Into fridge overnight.
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Old 06-08-2015, 11:27 AM   #9
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The other thing is to stand the head of cabbage in water overnight. The stored cabbage dries out. This helps to re-hydrate it. What is in season right now is the loose-leaf/open head cabbage. I've only seen it in the green variety and that is what is in season in the garden right now.
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Old 06-09-2015, 12:30 PM   #10
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Do any of you make cole slaw with Napa cabbage or any other kind? Does it stand up to sitting overnight to develop the flavor? BTW, I hate it when they include the core of the cabbage.
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