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jodi Wood

How do you make sour cabbage?

Richard W.

Thanks so much for this wonderful article! I will definitely try this soon! I'm in Ontario, so no luck finding sour cabbage in stores here of course. I did find an explanation with recipe by a Bosnian person on how to sour cabbage here:

Thanks so much again!


Thanks for that. I've never been able to find instructions on my own!

Sandra MacCoul

I want to make cabbage rolls using sour cabbage but I live in the United Arab Emirates and I cannot purchase one here. How would I go about making a cabbage sour?



Hi, just made my sour leaf cabbage for the year and I live in Kelowna, BC.
Take heads of cabbage and blanche them in boiling water. Take out leaves and put in cold water. Cut out the rib and cut into pieces that will make cabbage rolls. Pile them into a crock or food grade pail. In a stock pot boil 20 cups of water with 1 cup of pickling salt (coarse salt) and 2 tbsp sugar. Let cool and pour over cabbage leaves. Place clean towel over top, a glass plate and weight. Let sit in cool area for 8 days. Each day take off towel and plate and rinse off scum. After the 8 days you have your leaves. Good luck

Geoffrey Wiseman

Actually, Richard W., depending on where you live in Ontario, I've seen Sour Cabbage in the Dominion at Vic Park and Danforth, if that's appealing.


Do you have a recipe for pampushky? I remember my mother making them when I was a child. Sadly, I do not remember the recipe, and my ex-wife kept all of my mother's hand written cookbooks. I do remember that my mother would make them late at night and then hide them in the freezer, or they would be eaten before they had even cooled.


Hi Rick,
This recipe for pampushky is from Traditional Ukrainian Cookery by Savella Stechishin.
Rich Basic Sweet Dough
2 tsp sugar
1/2 cup lukewarm water,
2 packages dry granular yeast
3/4 cup scalded milk, lukewarm
3/4 cup flour
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar
2 whole eggs
3-4 egg yolks
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
Grated rind of 1 lemon
4 1/2-5 cups sifted flour
Dissolve the sugar in the lukewarm water, sprinkle the yeast over it, and let it stand until softened. Combine with the lukewarm milk and 3/4 cup flour. Beat well, cover and let sponge rise with the sugar. Beat the whole eggs and egg yolks together along with the salt. Combine with the butter-sugar mixture and beat thoroughly. Stir in the vanilla, lemon rind and sponge. Add the flour and knead in the bowl for about 10 minutes. This dough should be soft. Cover and let rise in a warm place until double in bulk. Punch down, knead a few times, and let rise again.
Poppy Seed Filling
1 cup poppy seed
1/3 cup honey or sugar
1 teaspoon lemon rind
1 egg white
Pour boiling water over the poppy seed and drain. cover with lukewarm water and soak for 30 minutes or longer. Drain over a fine sieve. Grind the poppy seed, using a coffee grinder. Add the honey, grated lemon rind. Beat the egg white until stiff and fold into the mixture.
Roll your dough about 1/4 inch thick. Cut into small rounds with cookie cutter and place a teaspoon of the poppy seed mixture. Seal the edges securely and place on lightly floured board. Let them double in bulk. Leave them uncovered to form a crust on the dough. they will absorb less fat when fried. Fry in canola oil at 375 degrees F. for about 3 minutes, turning them over to brown evenly on both sides. Drain on absorbemnt paper. Sprinkle with granulated sugar mixed with cinnamon.

If you live in Edmonton, go to Uncle Ed's Restaurant and they have them frozen to buy with different fillings.
They are worth the effort.

Tara Zieminek

Out here in Edmonton, Superstore carries sour cabbage. You might want to check with your Superstore in Ontario and ask if they can bring some in.

Dolores Carlson

The Sour Cabbage Rolls recipe is exactly the one I was looking for! It's going to smell like Baba's kitchen in my house shortly. In Kenora, Ontario we have sour cabbage heads in the Real Canadian Wholesale grocery store.

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