How to Cut Cabbage
While it might not be everybody’s first choice of vegetable, the humble cabbage is actually really versatile and healthy for you. It belongs to the brassica family of vegetables which also comprises of cauliflower and broccoli. It can be found in an array of shapes, sizes, and colors, from green to red to purple, and it has leaves which are either smooth or fabulously crinkled. Cabbage has been grown around the globe for thousands of years and turns up in all sorts of local dishes, and luckily cabbage is packed full of vitamins and minerals. So, to add it to your next meal you will need to know the easy way to shred cabbage.
How to Prepare Cabbage
- Wash your cabbage and get rid of the larger outer leaves. You can do this by placing the cabbage under cold running water to remove dirt with your fingers. The larger outer leaves of the cabbage should be easy to remove by just pulling them away gently from the head of the cabbage. Only take away the leaves that feel easy to pull away.
- Next, you need to divide up your cabbage. Put your cabbage on your worksurface core side down on a chopping board. You are going to be quartering your cabbage, to begin with so slice your cabbage in half straight through the middle. Go from top to bottom so you cut right through the core of the cabbage. To cut up such a hearty vegetable you will need to use a sharp large knife to chop cabbage easily. Try to use a stainless-steel knife if at all possible as chemicals found in cabbages can react with metals and turn the cabbage black. Once you have cut your cabbage in half, put each half cut-side down and cut in half again. You need to do this right through the core vertically from the top to give you a quartered cabbage.
- You will need to cut off the cabbage core but first make sure to stabilize your cutting board. Quartering your cabbage can be dangerous if you have a slippery cutting board as you are trying to slice it up. To prevent this, use a damp paper towel underneath your cutting board before you go on. Every piece of your cabbage quarters will have some core still attached at the bottom which needs to be removed. Put the quarters cut side down and use your knife at a slight angle to take away the core. You should be able to easily identify which part of the cabbage is the core as it will be tougher than the soft green leaves of the rest of the cabbage. Feel you way around gently with your knife to find out where it ends and then cut it away.
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How to Make Shredded Cabbage
Once you have cleaned and prepared your cabbage it is then time to shred the cabbage so that it can be easily added to your dishes. Holding your cabbage quarter cut-side down, you should be able to slice it on the horizontal edge. This will naturally give you thin leafy strips. Shredding any cabbage is much simpler if the cabbage is cold from a refrigerator as it will make it nice and crisp. When you are looking for the longest strand possible you can try cutting your cabbage quarter up vertically. Repeat this cutting action with the rest of your cabbage pieces so that ultimately you will end up with a stack of shredded cabbage. From here, if you need smaller strips of cabbage, it is possible to cut all of your cabbage strips in half very quickly. It should be that the natural layers of your cabbage will fall apart into finer strands, but if this does not happen you will be able to use your fingers to break the strands apart.
How to Cut Cabbage for Stir Fry
Most often when making a stir fry using cabbage you will be wanting to use a type of Chinese cabbage in your recipe. Chinese cabbage is a little different to the round cabbage that you find as it is a long cylindrical cabbage. You will wash it in the same way to prepare it but there will be fewer outer leaves to take away. Halve the Chinese cabbage lengthwise in the same way that you would any other cabbage. Try to protect your fingers from damage as you cut down the length of the cabbage by using the claw method of cutting. You need to curl up your fingertips inwardly, making your knuckles go nearest to the knife as you cut. When cutting up cabbage for stir frying you do not need to cut as finely as for other dishes.
How to Cut Cabbage for Soup
When it comes to adding cabbage to soups you will probably not be wanting great big chunks of cabbage. When you cut your cabbage up as thin as possible then it adds to the flavor of soups in a delectable way. Also, there is a rule with cabbage that is it cooks faster if your shredded cabbage is thinner which works great for soups. To achieve the thinnest most evenly sized shredded cabbage you could try using a mandolin. This is the best way to cut cabbage if you are looking for a desired thickness to your cabbage strips. Simply put one of your prepared quartered pieces of cabbage flat side down onto the mandolin. Then using swift swiping actions, you will be able to in no time at all shred your cabbage for your soup. Just be careful as fingers can get close to the mandolin when you come to the end of the cabbage wedge.
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So, from soups to stir-fry’s, cabbage is an indispensable ingredient of a lot of great dishes. However, a big head of cabbage does at first seem intimidating, but there is no real need to worry about how to cut cabbage as it is a speedy and simple job.