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How to Cook White Cabbage

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author image Karen Curinga
Karen Curinga has been writing published articles since 2003 and is the author of multiple books. Her articles have appeared in "UTHeath," "Catalyst" and more. Curinga is a freelance writer and certified coach/consultant who has worked with hundreds of clients. She received a Bachelor of Science in psychology.
How to Cook White Cabbage
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White cabbage is your standard variety of green cabbage that's been cut by the grower and buried in trenches to protect the heads from freezing. This technique, which is used in colder regions, is known as blanching and allows the grower to provide cabbage all winter long. Like all cabbages, white cabbage tastes best when it's cooked quickly and evenly, which results in a mild, sweet flavor. Serving cooked cabbage is an economical, low-calorie way to provide your body with important nutrients such as vitamin C, folate and potassium.

Step 1

How to Cook White Cabbage
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Place the cabbage head on a clean cutting board and cut it into quarters, using a sharp paring knife. Wash the four cabbage wedges thoroughly in pure, cold water to remove any dirt and debris.

Step 2

How to Cook White Cabbage
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Cut the hard, inedible cabbage stems out of the cabbage quarters, using a paring knife. The stems are found at the bottom of each cabbage wedge.

Step 3

How to Cook White Cabbage
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Slice the wedges into thin, ribbon-like shreds. This helps the cabbage cook quickly and thoroughly. Set the cabbage aside. You can also use a manual food shredder or food processor to shred the cabbage if you prefer.

Step 4

How to Cook White Cabbage
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Place a steamer basket in the bottom of your saucepan and add about 2 inches of cold water. Put the pan on an oven burner and turn the setting to high.

Step 5

How to Cook White Cabbage
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Pour the shredded cabbage onto the steamer basket. Place the lid on the pan to hold the steam inside. Cook the cabbage until tender -- approximately eight minutes.

Step 6

How to Cook White Cabbage
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Transfer the cabbage from the pan to a warm serving bowl, using a serving fork. Toss the cabbage in a small amount of butter, sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper and serve immediately.

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