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Category: Kitchen: Homemade

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Homemade Coleslaw

By Nikki Willhite

Many people don't like cabbage and don't include it in their diet. However, cabbage is one of those foods that is just plain good for you. It if full of fiber, low in fat, and has an impressive array of vitamins and minerals, including Vitamin C, Vitamin K ,Calcium, Iron and Magnesium, and many studies place it among the leading foods to stop serious illnesses like cancer.

Add to that that it is a great diet food, available all year, and relatively inexpensive, and it is worth the effort to work it into the foods that your family eats.

A possible first-step into working cabbage into your diet is start eating coleslaw. If you can learn to make coleslaw that your family likes, you can start to develop a taste for cabbage and move on to serving it in other ways.

Coleslaw begins with a choosing head of cabbage and some carrots. How do you know how to select the best cabbage and carrots? Cabbage should have a slightly shiny appearance. When you pick it up and squeeze it, it should feel dense.

Carrots can be bitter. Buy the freshest carrots you can find. You can always tell if carrots are fresh when the greens at the top are still attached. You just can't tell how old carrots are if the top has been removed. You want your carrots to be fresh and crisp.

If you prefer, you can buy cabbage in bags that has already been shredded, with or without carrots. However, the quality of the vegetables will be questionable.

The sauce and the seasonings you add to the shredded cabbage and carrots is the key to making coleslaw that your family will like.

Another trick is to always chill your coleslaw at least 2 hours before you serve it.

Here are some of the seasonings that are commonly used:

Celery Seeds
Poppy Seeds
Salt
Pepper


The liquid ingredients are usually:

Mayonnaise
Vinegar

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Here is a fast and easy recipe for coleslaw:  

Ingredients

1 bag coleslaw mix (16 ounces, with carrots)
1 Tbs diced onion
1/2 tsp celery seeds
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
1/3 cup granulated sugar
2/3 cup mayo
1 Tbs white vinegar
3 Tbs vegetable oil

Blend all the ingredients together, and then pour over the coleslaw mix and stir until well blended. Chill.

Coleslaw can be too sweet, or too runny, depending on the ingredients. Add you ingredients slowly, and taste as you go.  

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One of the most famous "cloned" recipes on the Internet is for the coleslaw from KFC. It has more ingredients, but is very good. Here is one version of that recipe:

Ingredients

1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup buttermilk
2 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 1/2 tablespoons white vinegar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1 head finely chopped cabbage (about 8 cups)
1/4 cup shredded carrot (about 1 cup)
2 Tablespoons minced onion

Combine all the ingredients except the cabbage, carrots and onion. Beat until smooth.

Then mix in the cabbage, carrots and onion.

Chill.

 

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