Spiced Pickled Red Cabbage

Recipe by Rita1652
READY IN: 2hrs
YIELD: 20 cups




  • In a large stainless steel pot layer cabbage and 1/3 cup salt. Cover and let sit in a cool spot for 24 hours.
  • After 18 hours of cabbage sitting layer onions and remaining salt in a separate glass or stainless bowl cover with cold water to cover and let sit in a cool spot.
  • Transfer cabbage to a colander a bit at a time to drain and rinse under cold running water.
  • OK now you can place on paper lined trays to dry for about 6 hours. Or go ahead and let sun dry for 3 hours on paper towel line trays.
  • Prepare canners, jars and lids.
  • Prepare the spice bag by placing in a cheese cloth place allspice, juniper, peppercorns, celery seed, bay leaves, and cinnamon pieces tie to enclose.
  • In a large stainless steel pan combine vinegars, sugar, mustard seed, mace, and spice bag. bring to a boil stirring to dissolve sugar. Reduce heat and gentle boil for 5 minutes. Rinse onions under cold running water add apple and onions to vinegar mixture. Cook for 5 minutes.
  • Discard spice bag.
  • Remove onions and apples place in a very large pot or bowl with cabbage tossing to mix all together.
  • DON`T discard the liquid. Keep it heated.
  • Packed the mixed veggies into hot jars leaving 1/2 inch head space. Ladle hot vinegar mixture in cabbage filled jars leaving 1/2 inch head space.Remove air bubbles. Wipe rims and place lids and screw tops to finger tightness.
  • Place jars in a canner covering with boiling water by at least 1 inch. Bring back to a boil covered for 20 minutes. Remove lid and turn off flame let sit for 5 more minutes. Remove and jars and let cool in a draft free spot to cool.
  • Remove air bubbles.