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Amish Freezer Slaw

Amish Freezer Slaw is make-ahead sweet and sour coleslaw recipe that you prepare and then store in the freezer for later use.  It will save you time on a busy night when you need a quick side dish.
Prep Time1 hr 30 mins
Cook Time3 mins
Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Amish Freezer Slaw, Freezer Coleslaw, Freezer Slaw, Old Fashioned Freezer Slaw
Servings: 5 pints
Author: Barbara


  • 1 head green cabbage (approximately 2 pounds)
  • 1 green pepper
  • 3 large carrots
  • 1 onion
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 cup vinegar
  • 1/2 cups water


  • Shred cabbage, green pepper, carrots and onion; sprinkle with salt and let stand one hour.
  • Boil sugar, dry mustard, vinegar and water for 3 minutes; let cool completely.
  • After the vegetable mixture sits, drain any excess liquid.
  • Pour cooled dressing over the vegetables and let marinate for 5 minutes.
  • Stir thoroughly or cover and shake.
  • Pack 5 clean pint jars with the coleslaw.
  • Seal, label and freeze until ready to serve.


  • This old fashioned freezer slaw recipe calls for 2 pounds of green cabbage which is approximately one head.  The great thing is that you can be flexible; if it's a little more or a little less than 2 pounds, it will be fine.
  • Save yourself some by using a food processor to shred the cabbage, green pepper, carrots and onions. It's a huge time saver.
  • If you don't have white vinegar on hand, apple cider vinegar will work.
  • Let the freezer coleslaw dressing cool completely before pouring over the vegetable mixture.
  • Pack the Amish freezer slaw tightly in 5 glass pint jars or freezer storage containers.
  • Be sure to label the freezer coleslaw before freezing; you will thank yourself later.
  • Sweet and Sour Coleslaw and Southern Vegetable Salad are two more great options if you love a vinegar-based salad.