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Absolutely the easiest method of preparing cabbage leaves for stuffing
If you have never thought of making stuffed cabbage rolls, this bit of information will get you so excited you will have to try them. This is undoubtedly the simplest way to remove cabbage leaves from a head of cabbage so they can be used for stuffing. It’s vital and so laughably simple.
You may be wondering why anyone would want to use cabbage leaves for stuffing things in the first place. Well they are a healthy food and if you are watching your carbs and calories they’d be a good alternative to tortillas. Cabbage rolls are also a great place to use up leftovers. The rolls don’t usually require alot of filling so if you have just a few things you want to combine and get rid of, cabbage leaves are a perfect way of using them up.
So how do you get the leaves off the cabbage. The best way is to first take a paring knife and remove the entire core from the head. And something else I’d recommend is trying to find a cabbage that’s not so tightly packed. Have you noticed that cabbage is sometimes very solid and dense, which is great for shredding coleslaw and sometimes the heads are a little less compact. When you’re trying to get the leaves off, the loser they are to begin with the easier it will be but it works well in either condition so don’t worry too much about that.
Either way – once you get the core out get a large pot of water and bring it to a boil. Better yet, do that first because it will take a few minutes for the water to come to a boil. Take the whole cabbage and set it in the water until the outer leaves are somewhat pliable and softened. This will happen in a matter of a few seconds, depending on how hot the water is. As each outer leaf softens you will be able to pry it off the head with your fingers or a pair of tongs. Let the next outer leaf blanch some more and then it can be removed. You just repeat this process until you get as many leaves as you need. From there you can stuff and steam them or use the leaves as wraps for sandwiches.
When you get to the point that the leaves are too small to mess with just remove what’s left of the head, cool it down, throw it in a bag and use it as a vegetable or coleslaw or some other food preparation.