Food Waste Friday | Adventures in Coleslaw

Every year I make corned beef and cabbage for St Patty’s Day dinner.  And every year I have a TON of cabbage leftover because Matt won’t eat it.  So I’ve been trying out new recipes to find a way that we can all enjoy the humble cabbage.

Now I like a good coleslaw.  Except I’ve never been able to make a good coleslaw.  But that’s going to change.


For Allison’s birthday party I tried Cooks Illustrated’s recipe using red cabbage (because it was purple).  It was good, but I shredded the cabbage too small and I was missing a little creaminess.  I will admit it didn’t look terribly appetizing, so it didn’t go over too well at the party.  Which means it has been sitting in my fridge for two weeks and it wasn’t getting any better.  So out it went this morning.

Then last night I continued my battle with cabbage by trying a spicy cilantro slaw recipe.  Again, it was okay, but not great.  Although that might have something to do with the substitution of Miracle Whip for mayonnaise.  It was a little too tangy.  And this time I’m being honest with myself and getting rid of the small amount leftover instead of keeping it in the fridge for a month, thinking I’ll eat it…  someday.

I still have nearly a half a head of cabbage in the fridge (which lasts for. ev. er.), so I’m going to keep trying to find The Slaw Recipe. 

There are a few other items that went bad in my kitchen this week.

I bought these pickling cucumbers with the intention of lacto-fermenting them.  Except that I bought them, THEN researched recipes.  I apparently I need oak leaves to make pickles??  I don’t know, but I put that experiment on the back burner and used half of the cukes for tzatziki last week, but these two got ignored and now are headed to the compost.

The bread was another experiment gone wrong.  I had some leftover pizza dough from Sunday and I was afraid that it would go bad if I let it sit in the fridge much longer.  So I baked it off as a loaf of bread.  BLECH!  It had no flavor (except a slightly bitter/rancid one) and was overall gross.  Matt didn’t think it was too bad, but I was not a fan.

Lastly, I had a couple of potatoes in the bottom of the 3lb bag that didn’t look too hot.  And since we still have quite a few potatoes in the bag, I thought it was best that these be removed before they contaminated the rest.  Last year I actually planted sprouting potatoes like this in the garden and they grew quite well until the drought/heat wave hit, but I’ve since read that you shouldn’t use eating potatoes as seed potatoes because they can spread disease.  So into the compost they go.  Although isn’t that almost the same difference as planting them because both ways they end up in the garden?

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4 Responses to Food Waste Friday | Adventures in Coleslaw

  1. Jess says:

    If you are looking for a good coleslaw recipe, you should check out Julia Child’s one in ‘Julia’s Kitchen Wisdom’ cookbook (there are copies of it online – just google). It’s a great recipe that can be made with or without mayo. I think it’s great – sweet (from green apple), tangy, and crunchy.

  2. I prefer the tang of Miracle Whip to mayo, so I probably would have loved your slaw.

    • Jen says:

      That’s what we use in place of mayo for everything, but for some reason it just didn’t taste right in this. Maybe it was clashing with the lime juice?