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How to Cook Cabbage to Remove Gas

author image Barbara Kellam-Scott
Barbara Kellam-Scott has written since 1981 for print publications including "MassBay Antiques" and the award-winning corporate science magazine "Bellcore EXCHANGE." She writes as an advocate and lay Bible scholar in the Presbyterian Church. Kellam-Scott holds a Bachelor of Arts in intercultural studies from Ramapo College of New Jersey and conducted graduate work in sociology, theology and Biblical Hebrew.
How to Cook Cabbage to Remove Gas
How to Cook Cabbage to Remove Gas

Some people suffer intestinal gas after eating cooked cabbage, but the gas is something the sufferers have made, not something in the cabbage. It's the product of bacterial action on the cabbage's rich dose of fiber. Still, you can add certain herbs and spices, even to plain boiled cabbage, that might help to keep the bacteria from overdoing their job and reduce the gas. The list of these "carminative" herbs varies among sources and not all of the flavors sound very good with cabbage, but some of them may surprise you.

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Step 1

Set cabbage to boil alongside seeds and leaves that traditionally flavor other foods that go with cabbage. Dill seeds and whole coriander, two elements of pickling mixes normally used in corned beef, are also recognized as carminative herbs. So are some of the herbs often used in sausages, such as sage, the members of the basil family and cumin, as well as the caraway seed from rye bread.

Step 2

Add finer versions of some of the same plants after boiling the cabbage, or in butter or a light sauce, for a more delicate flavor. Cilantro is the leaf of coriander, and coriander is also available ground. Dill leaves are visually attractive as well as possibly helpful in preventing gas. Rosemary and savory might also have carminative effects.

Step 3

Mix fennel into boiled cabbage as seed, garnish a cabbage dish with the dill-like leaves, or coarsely shred fennel stems to add to cabbage cut to a similar size and braised in butter.

Step 4

Experiment with sweet spices. A few whole cloves added to the boiling water for cabbage impart a delicately complementary flavor and aroma and may help to prevent gas during digestion. Other sweet spices that may be carminative include allspice, cinnamon and ginger. Lavender and various mints may be best consumed in the same meal as cabbage, if not the same dish.

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