In most cases probably not, because coleslaw often has a mayonnaise based dressing which doesn't fair well in the freezer! That said, if you use a vinegar and oil based dressing or are happy to add the dressing after the coleslaw veggies have thawed then freezing is a great way to store excess coleslaw!
A delicious crunchy side that goes well with so many things coleslaw is usually best enjoyed fresh and will keep in the fridge for up to 2 days. When deciding whether or not to freeze your coleslaw keep in mind that the freezing process will reduce some of that customary crunch.
If you find yourself with more than a 2 day supply or need to have some ready prepared for a party or gathering freezing could be an option, so read on to find out how to make the most of your shredded veggies.
Make sure your coleslaw is food safe
As with all freezing its best done as soon as possible once the food is prepared. Do double check all your ingredients are fresh and any veggies have been washed before you make your coleslaw.
If you're wanting to freeze left over coleslaw from a party I would only recommend doing this if its not been out of the fridge for long, no more than an hour and if it's been sat in the sun for any length of time its not a good idea to freeze!
Trying to freeze store bought coleslaw probably isn't a good idea as most of them have a mayonnaise based dressing. Don't forget you can keep coleslaw in the fridge for up to two days.
Prepare coleslaw for the freezer
Only freeze coleslaw with a vinegar and oil based dressing, if you want to freeze coleslaw and still have a mayonnaise dressing, just freeze the veggies and add the dressing after it's thawed. This is because mayonnaise and other creamy dressing used for coleslaw tend to separate and are not pleasant when thawed.
So shred your cabbage and carrots, and onions too, dry herbs and spices freeze ok if you use mustard or coriander seeds they're good to go in your coleslaw mix before freezing.
I wouldn't recommend freezing fresh herbs in this way as they will wilt. And apple tends to go brown when frozen so if you usually add this to your coleslaw you might want to leave it out of the freezer mix too.
As with all things going into the freezer consider the portion sizes. You may want to divide your coleslaw into smaller batches so you can get out only what you need.
The best container to freeze coleslaw
Any freezer safe bag or container is fine to use to freeze your coleslaw in. I like to use bags as I find it easier to squeeze the air out which is an important step.
When you're ready just scoop your shredded veg, or made up coleslaw into pre-labelled freezer bags. Its a good idea to write on the bag before you fill them! Add the date and whats inside.
How long can you freeze coleslaw
Coleslaw can be kept in the freezer for up to a month. Its handy to add a use by date to your bags before putting them in the freezer I find this helps me keep track of what needs eating up without having to do to much mental arithmetic!
How to defrost frozen coleslaw
As you won't be heating up the coleslaw its important to thaw it slowly and thoroughly. Which is really quite simple, just take the bag out of the freezer and pop it in the fridge overnight. Don't be tempted to defrost it quicker out on the side, it needs to be kept at a constant low temperature to reduce the risk of bacterial growth.
Once thawed the coleslaw may have become a little watery so you can drain off any excess liquid and give it a good stir before mixing in your mayonnaise dressing and any fresh herbs or apple you might want to add.
Your coleslaw should be consumed within 24 hours and never refreeze defrosted coleslaw!
Dishes to cook with your frozen coleslaw
The perfect side for so many main meals, here are some tasty ideas of ways to use your thawed coleslaw.
- Add to tacos or these mild fajitas for the kids to build themselves.
- As a crunchy filling for jacket potatoes.
- It's perfect for taking the kick out of spicy food like jerk chicken.
- It goes really well with these healthy fish fingers.
Now you have all information you need to save your left over coleslaw and make the most of it later on. Let me know if you have any questions in the comments below!