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How to Cut Up a Cabbage

  • Bisect the cabbage north to south (The core being the south pole).
  • Remove the core by making a v-shaped cuts on both halves.
  • Cut each half in half so you have 4 sections.
  • Separate the layers of each quarter so that you can easily flatten the section you are ready to shred.
  • Hold the section down with your fingers tucked and cut across the stacked leaves creating pieces that are the size you want.
  • Slaw!
Use cut up cabbage to make Napa Cabbage Slaw with Toasted Almonds, Chicken Vegetable Teriyaki, Edamame Tofu Salad with Sesame Chile Dressing and other dishes.


Stephen S
Perfect! I just bought a head of cabbage and a fennel bulb to try a slaw recipe! Thanks for this knife skills video!
February 4, 2010, 4:07 pm

Joel Saenz
Thanks for the lesson. I never knew how to cut cabbage the right way
February 4, 2010, 4:08 pm

denise mcarthur
thanks for the smile you just put on my face.
February 4, 2010, 4:43 pm

Lynne Lillie
Great! Can't wait to see you turn it into sauerkraut!
February 4, 2010, 5:08 pm

SO HELPFUL! thank you!
February 4, 2010, 6:45 pm

Bruce Gardner
you are always such a cut-up
February 4, 2010, 9:34 pm

Olga Skorapa
I don't do it that way. I quarter it and slice thinly against the grain and use the core in stir fries except for really huge, woody ones.
February 5, 2010, 9:27 pm

Cindy W
My husband was listening in the background while I watched the video, and his response was Yum! We should get some cabbage for dinner tonight. :) I'll run to the store for some cabbage, and it will give us an opportunity to revisit our knifing skills. It's always good to doublecheck occasionally, making sure bad habits aren't starting. cindy
February 6, 2010, 1:54 pm

Cynthia Lair
Love the cabbage enthusiasm! Sauerkraut will be up week after this. First, BROWNIES!
February 8, 2010, 5:59 pm

Chef Rachel Albert Matesz
Great cutting tips, Cynthia! Very clear and concise. I sometimes get ideas for how to refine my explanations for my cooking classes (in Phoenix, AZ) by watching you.
February 13, 2010, 11:38 am

Cynthia Lair
Oh thank you Rachel. So kind of you to write and say this!
February 13, 2010, 12:10 pm

Roseann Ricci
Thank-You! Can't wait to come back to the site!
March 17, 2011, 12:23 pm

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