have too much carrots and cabbage to use this week before we go away, I am making coleslaw but wondered can I freeze this? googled it and seems to think you can but was a bit duboius about what it would be like so wanted to see if anyone had done this.
you can freeze just about anything, but the quality will be affected when it defrosts.
low protein content foods (such as veg) suffer most of all as the freezing process breaks down the hard cells in the food, causing leakage of the water content and making the food appear soggy. or something like that (it's early)
but honestly, the cabbage will be quite nasty if you freeze it raw.
can you braise it then freeze it? it's more edible this way
Are you making it with mayonnaise? that won't freeze well, iirc, it will probably separate, I wouldn't do it. If you need to freeze, I would have frozen bags of the shredded raw veg, not a coleslaw mix.
That's true, auntieM - the slow freezing process makes bigger ice crystals that cross the cell membranes and disrupt them, so that when you defrost the veg, the cell walls collapse --> squishy veg. Forget my idea. But mayonnaise still won't freeze well.