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Should coleslaw taste sour?

Should coleslaw taste sour?

Coleslaw is naturally sour from the vinegar. However, if the smell and taste are awfully sour, it may have spoiled. Likewise, if you see visible molds and discoloration, these are clear signs that coleslaw is not safe to eat.

Why is my homemade coleslaw bitter?

When plant cells are broken, the oils are separated from the sugar molecules by an enzyme and released as a very bitter compound. It’s a clever defense mechanism for the cabbage plant to discourage hungry foragers.

How do you make Martha Stewart’s coleslaw dressing?


  1. 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard.
  2. 1 tablespoon cider vinegar.
  3. 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice.
  4. 1 tablespoon sugar.
  5. 1 teaspoon coarse salt.
  6. 1/2 cup mayonnaise.
  7. 1/4 cup sour cream.
  8. 1 small green cabbage, (about 1 3/4 pounds), finely shredded.

What is the taste of coleslaw?

I grew up eating my mother’s cole slaw, and it tastes like it’s based more on vinegar than sugar. Every other recipe I’ve tasted, though, was sweet, which makes me wonder. It tastes however you want it to taste. I like a vinegar-y slaw with little or no mayo personally, but a lot of people like a sweet, gloopy slaw.

Why does my cabbage taste sour?

What is this? The bitterness in cabbage and other cruciferous vegetables is due to organic compounds known as glucosinolates. These compounds contain sulfur, which has a distinctive odor and flavor. I remember as a child the well water at girl scout camp was high in sulfur and we all called it the rotten egg water.

How do I cut carrots for coleslaw?

  1. Peel the outside skin off of your carrots using a vegetable peeler and cut the ends off, about ¼ inch in from each end.
  2. Cut the carrots in halves or thirds so that they shred more effectively when put into the food processor.
  3. Place the grating attachment and lid onto your food processor and turn it on.

What can you add to coleslaw that is too vinegary?

Add extra mayonnaise – Start with a small amount and taste before adding more. Add some sweetness – If your coleslaw still tastes acidic, try adding a sweet component, such as a tiny pinch of sugar, a drizzle of maple syrup, or a handful of raisins.

How do you make sweet and sour sauce less vinegary?

Mixing in a sprinkle of common alkaline ingredients, like baking soda or baking powder, can often salvage a dish. If this still hasn’t done the trick, adding neutral flavors, like sour cream or yogurt, can also help balance out the flavors.

How do you sweeten bitter cabbage?

Not at all. Taste the cabbage before cooking and if you notice a sharp or bitter taste either cook it with other ingredients that are sweet: yellow onions, red or orange bell peppers, shredded carrots, or apples or add a small amount of sugar to the cooking liquid and taste before serving.

Can you get sick from eating old cabbage?

Following proper food safety and hygiene prevents foodborne illnesses. Health risks come with eating spoiled foods, so it is crucial to eat them before they expire. Spoiled cabbage could cause death, depending on the severity of the situation and how long ago it turned.