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  • Joined Nov 2008
« on: August 19, 2015, 12:39:53 pm »
 We had our first cabbage last night. Grown in the pollytunnel due to the bad Spring. It was so good, even my OH said so and getting him to eat any veg is hard. I think it was called Golden Acre. As I have quite a few coming on I think i will have a go at freezing some. Anyone done this ?


  • Joined Nov 2014
  • Cambridgeshire
Re: Cabbage
« Reply #1 on: August 19, 2015, 12:43:47 pm »
I grow golden acre and think they are great in coleslaw and as a side veg. I have frozen several patches and I also tried sauerkraut for the first time this year as I had to pick them all as the birds or something was starting to eat them. It went well actually and was something a bit different.


  • Joined May 2010
  • South Lanarkshire
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Re: Cabbage
« Reply #2 on: August 19, 2015, 02:18:23 pm »
I'm growing Golden Acre for the first time this year too.  Good crop but I'm not wholely taken with the insubstantiality of the leaves.  I like something I can sink my teeth into  :D
I never freeze brassicas, as they can be grown year round, and are so much better fresh.  If Ihave overproduced I let them flower for the bees, then they go to the sheep before they seed everywhere.
My favourite cabbages are summer savoy types - delicious  :yum:
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  • Joined Jul 2011
Re: Cabbage
« Reply #3 on: August 19, 2015, 02:43:50 pm »
I've had greyhound earlier on then soethign i think was just called summer cabbbage...huge blasted heads I had enough trouble lifting  :) ..... half is still in the fridge from last week after eating excessively. I;ve got sem savoy almost ready and the red drumheads won't be long either. Hares and bunnies have eaten as much as us..lots of chewed heads out there.
With fresh climbing beans and runners the brassicas take a bit of a back seat. But they all seem early..even the PSB is flowering and I've had 3 caulis....first parsnips are big enough (as big as supermarket ones..they'll be hell to dig come xmas) and even some leeks are fine as baby leeks...weird after the late start....


  • Joined Jun 2013
  • South Wales .Carmarthenshire. SA18
Re: Cabbage
« Reply #4 on: August 20, 2015, 07:00:29 pm »
We had our first cabbage last night. Grown in the pollytunnel due to the bad Spring. It was so good, even my OH said so and getting him to eat any veg is hard. I think it was called Golden Acre. As I have quite a few coming on I think i will have a go at freezing some. Anyone done this ?

 For next year perhaps plan to eat a cabbage and a 1/4  a week & then add 10 more for spares .  This works out at 52 +13 +10 = 75 cabbages in as many follow on varieties you can find i.e Spring, summer, autumn ,winter and over wintering types .

Sow of them in succession ( a few every 7 to 10 days ) through out each varieties sowing season &  you'll not need to think of trying to blanch or quick freeze cabbage you'll have them fresh all year round especially if you put the ones that are about in the times of your snow & sub zero temps  in the poly tunnels .

Like cauliflowers , if you plan your cabbage crops well you should be able to eat a fresh cabbage or a cauli anywhere in the UK each week of the year (so I'm led to believe ) .
In truth we got sick of them every week along with , different sprouts SBrocc,  PSB kale , heading broccoli & collards (a hardy greenerya lot  like big sprout plant  leaves ) .

So instead of growing the 75 we aimed for 30 cabbages   split over five varieties for the year , even then it's a still quite a lot when you add the other greens and legumes . ( we feed the surplus to the composter if the OAP next door or those across the road if they don't want any )  .

 Don't forget that when you cut a cabbage , if you  cut it so it leaves four leaf nodes on the stem that are active , then cut an inch deep cross  down the stem top , this will dry , split a bit and then start to grow four small cabbages  . They won't be as tight as the original cabbage but who cares when you get freebie greens .

 if you then cross cut each mini cabbage stalk after removal of the mini cabbage they will grow again and you can give the whole plant to the animals .

 You can usually quick freeze a whole or a cut in half wrapped in cling film first cabbage  before bagging up one or two fresh cabbages straight from the garden .

You're best using it boiled or stir fried by the end of week four as it starts to break down and them make  lots of "  botty burps  :o " , you should not attempt to use it as fresh for uncooked dished such as coleslaw or for pickling etc. , it must be cooked .

This PYO site s good for finding out your garden things most of the time .
 Here is a link to freezing cabbage .
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