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How To Cut Cabbage Wedges For Corned Beef

How To Cut Cabbage Wedges For Corned Beef: Answered (2022)

Last Updated on October 11, 2022 by Shari Mason

Cabbage is a famous ingredient in making a vegetable salad, stew, or coleslaw, making it one of our all-time favorites. Not only is it cheaper, but it also contains a lot of health benefits.

But many are still unaware that cabbage can be used in other recipes. To know how to cut cabbage wedges for corned beef, read on.

5 Steps to Cut Cabbage Wedges for Corned Beef

1. Remove Outer Leaves

cabbage

The first thing that you need to do before cutting the cabbage is to remove the outer leaves.

These leaves are usually the dried ones that have become brown and dirty or the ones that are exposed to air and any other bacteria carried by air that can be bad for your health.

The outer leaves can be washed and cooked too, but because these are the older leaves, it may take time to soften them, thus creating longer cooking time.

2. Wash the Whole Cabbage

After peeling the outer leaves of the cabbage, wash the whole of it. The easiest and most common way to cleanse the cabbage is by holding it under running water and ensuring that every corner of the cabbage is clean of any dirt.

But others aren’t contented with washing it with running water. Some take their time to boil water and submerge the cabbage in it for two to three seconds. This is to ensure that the hot bath removes all the bacteria.

3. Cut the Cabbage Head Into Half

cutting cabbage into half

After making sure the whole cabbage is clean, place it on the chopping board with its stem under and side down. You shouldn’t cut out the stem of the cabbage because you need the leaves to stay intact for your corned beef.

Cabbage wedges are commonly used in corned beef. It is not only appetizing to look at but also complements the dish.

4. Cut the Halves Into Quarters

The next step is to cut the halves into quarters. Place each of the cabbage halves on the chopping board with the flat side down and cut it in the middle. You now have four pieces of quarter sizes cabbage.

Then, locate the core of the cabbage and remove it. This part of the cabbage is the usual vegetable waste because it is not needed for cooking and is often removed.

5. Cut Into Eighths (If Desired)

cabbage cut into wedges

If you prefer your cabbage leaves to be smaller sizes, you can cut them once again into eighths. This is ideal if you have kids at home because more minor cuts of cabbage leaves are easy for them to chew.

Ensure that you have followed all the steps above before putting it into the corned beef to avoid any food contamination.

Should You Remove the Core of the Cabbage?

Yes, the core of the cabbage should be removed because this part is not for eating with corned beef. It is thicker and harder to chew and not applicable for mixing with any dish.

But there are other ways to prepare the core so it will be used wisely.

This part of the cabbage can be sliced into bits and mixed with coleslaw. You now have a crunchy twist with your treat.

Corned Beef & Cabbage Origins

corned beef and cabbage recipe

It is known widely that corned beef and cabbage is a traditional Irish food because it is primarily served at Irish homes during St. Patrick’s Day.

But contrary to what everyone believes, corned beef and cabbage aren’t an Irish delicacy at all.

Corned beef was introduced to Ireland by the British Empire. Because corned beef tasted like bacon, made of pork—the preferred meat in Ireland, they accepted the delicacy and consumed it widely.

The Irish then brought corned beef to the US, and to adapt to the American taste, they added cabbages and potatoes. [1] 

FAQs

What type of cabbage do you use for corned beef and cabbage?

The type of cabbage used in corned beef and cabbage is green cabbage. It has smooth and darker outer leaves, and the inside leaves are paler green to white.

It is the most used corned beef because it is cheaper and easy to find in any supermarket.

How healthy is corned beef and cabbage?

Corned beef is especially high in protein and fat and a good source of vitamins and minerals. Cabbage has high Vitamin C and antioxidants.

But since corned beef is tenderized by salt and spices, it is also high in sodium, so you should watch your consumption of this dish. [2] 

Final Thoughts

Whether you use cabbage for corned beef or not, you must follow all the initial steps stated in this article before cooking cabbage. 

Ensure it is thoroughly cleaned and cut appropriately according to the cooking instructions so you and your family can enjoy the flavorful dish with the most affordable healthy vegetable.

References:

  1. https://www.usda.gov/media/blog/2013/03/15/how-corned-beef-and-cabbage-became-holiday-staple 
  2. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/is-corned-beef-healthy#nutrients
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