Dehydrating Cabbage

Get Busy Dehydrating Cabbage for Soups and Coleslaw!

Cabbage is a great vegetable to dehydrate. It doesn't have a lot of flavor on its own, but it absorbs the flavors of the spices you cook it with very well. Plus, it's inexpensive and healthy, so you can stock up on it without breaking the bank. I'll show you how to dehydrate cabbage using your oven or a food dehydrator. Let's get started!

Sliced cabbage on Nesco dehydrator tray

Cabbage Nutrition Info.

Dehydrating Cabbage: Yes, it can be done and is one of those vegetables that doesn't immediately spring to mind as being able to dehydrate—because it seems so dry to begin with—but it works very well!

A plus when slicing is that one head of cabbage goes a long way... and it's a great source of vitamin A, vitamin K, and Folate





It's not lacking in the mineral department either: it's also a good source of Potassium and Calcium, along with Phosphorus, with trace minerals of Selenium, Zinc, and Manganese.

Cabbage also contains Omega-6 fatty acids too.

Do You Have to Blanch Cabbage
Before Dehydrating?

Unlike some vegetables that need blanching, you can skip this step for cabbage. Blanching preserves vibrant colors, and as we all know, cabbage's color isn't vibrant! Having said that, dehydrated cabbage will get paler as time goes on.





Cabbage for great coleslaw

Can You Use Dehydrated Cabbage for Coleslaw?

Cabbage is used in traditional coleslaw. What summer picnic would be complete without it?

Simply rehydrate dehydrated cabbage at a 1:1 ratio. Meaning? A cup of dehydrated cabbage to one cup of water. Let it sit for about half an hour, or to your desired reconstituted consistency.

Classic Coleslaw from Allrecipes.com

Try this classic coleslaw with a vinegar/mayonnaise dressing from Allrecipes.com and is sugar-free!

This recipe is sure to be a hit with your friends and family, so be sure to give it a try!

Add Shredded Cabbage to Soup
(and Smoothies!)

I love to add shredded dehydrated cabbage to my vegetable soups, just drop it in—it's that easy—and it cooks along with the rest of the vegetables.

When you're ready to re-hydrated your cabbage, see how to re-hydrate dehydrated food here.

Don't forget to add cabbage to your vegetable smoothies too. It's a delicious way to "eat yer veggies!" You can either re-hydrate the cabbage first, or add it to your smoothies "dry" - it will pretty much disintegrate in your blender.

Dehydrating Cabbage in a Regular Oven

Dehydrating cabbage in a regular oven is relatively simple. First,

  • Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Cut the cabbage into thin slices, discarding the core.
  • Spread the cabbage slices on a baking sheet and bake for about two hours, or until dehydrated.

Once dehydrated, the cabbage can be stored in an airtight container for up to six months. When ready to use, simply rehydrate the cabbage by soaking it in water for about 30 minutes. Dehydrated cabbage is a versatile ingredient that can be used in many different recipes. So next time you're in the mood for coleslaw or other dehydrated dishes, give dehydrating cabbage a try!

What is the Best Way to Dehydrate Cabbage?

Hands down: an electric dehydrator! You can fill it and forget it.

If using a regular oven, keep your eye on cabbage towards the end of the drying time as you don't want it to scorch.

Follow the tips below on using a good, sharp knife and slice your head of cabbage evenly.

Dehydrating Cabbage - Cut with a Good Knife!

TIP: This is my FAVE knife by Trisha Yearwood. I don't miss my old Rachael Ray one that had an orange handle that went "funny/slimy." Trisha's knife cleans up easily, too.

Makes easy work of cutting and slicing so you can get busy dehydrating cabbage!


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  1. There's not much preparation; simply remove the outer leaves (we can save these for making stuffed cabbage rolls, for instance) and rinse if necessary under cold water. Start slicing it into thin strips, about 1/8" wide
  2. Arrange on your food dehydrator trays. The cabbage may overlap a bit, but that's OK
  3. Turn on your food dehydrator and set the temperature between 125°F and 135°F (or per your food dehydrator's instructions).

How Long Does it Take to Dehydrate Cabbage?

  • Fully dehydrated cabbage will be brittle when fully dried.
  • Drying time: between 7-11 hours.
  • Please remember to rotate your dehydrator trays, for even drying.

Hard to Believe THIS Bowl Holds
7 trays of Dehydrated Cabbage!

Dehydrated Cabbage in bowl showing 7 trays worth

Honest! It's seven trays! It's hard to believe, isn't it, that one head of cabbage filled seven Nesco dehydrator trays—and when you're done, it ALL fits into this soup bowl!

Store your cabbage in Mason jars for using often for soups, etc., or store in vacuum-sealed bags for long-term food storage. For great prices on Mason jars, check them out on our Mason Jars page.

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