Cabbage is a staple for us on the boat. Not only is it good for you but it lasts well over a month without refrigeration and adds some crunch to meals.
Cabbage needs no special storage at all. Just stick the head somewhere that it won’t get too bumped around. Some people recommend wrapping it in newspaper; I’ve never even done that. And it does really well without being refrigerated.
Don’t put it in a plastic bag, as condensataion will form and then the cabbage will mold and rot.
If you can get cabbage that hasn’t been refrigerated, that’s best as condensate won’t form on the outside leaves. Most of the time, though, I’m buying cabbage in the grocery store and it’s been chilled. By storing it just out in the open, I’ve never had a problem — the condensate just evaporates.
This head of cabbage had been in my hanging veggie bins for just over a month when I cut into it. I hadn’t done anything special to it — just brought it home and stuck it in the bin.
Good For You
Cabbage is a good source of Vitamin C (one serving gives 54% of the daily requirement), Vitamin K (85%) and fiber, with almost no calories.
If you’re cruising in remote locations, with a lot of canned vegetables, dietary fiber can be hard to get and digestion can suffer as a result. Both diarrhea and constipation can be problems and the fiber in cabbage can help with both.
Add Crunch to Your Meals
Whether you’re crossing an ocean or just cruising in remote locations without easy access to grocery stores, one of the biggest complaints is a lack of texture and crunch in foods as the stores of fresh veggies are used up.
Cabbage salads add the needed crunch and texture. If the cabbage seems a little wilted, soak it in water for 20 minutes to an hour and it will crisp back up (it wilts as the water in it evaporates and soaking lets it reabsorb water). Chopping it first will speed up the crisping, but it’s harder to dry it off if it’s chopped first.
Shameless plug: If you’re looking for cabbage recipes, The Boat Galley Cookbook has 12 cabbage salads and a number of other dishes (such as lasagna with cabbage instead of noodles) that use cabbage — I really do consider it a staple!