Make Ahead

Jail Slaw

April 17, 2019
Author Notes

Back in the Dark Ages, when I was a newspaper reporter, my beat included the county jail in my small town. The jail kitchen would provide lunch for the judge, court reporter and attorneys during court terms, and that guest list expanded to include me. On Fridays, lunch generally ran to either barbecue or fried fish, and in either instance, there was this wonderful, sweet-sour, spicy slaw. The jailer who made it gave me the recipe, and I make it on a fairly regular basis. Keeps in the fridge approximately forever. —Kayb

  • Prep time 24 hours
  • Serves 12
  • 1 large head cabbage
  • 1 pound carrots
  • 1 large green bell pepper, minced fine (optional)
  • 1 large onion, minced fine
  • 1 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 to 1 cups sugar, according to how sweet you want it (I use 3/4 cup)
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
In This Recipe
  1. Shred cabbage and carrots in food processor. Mince green pepper and onion, if using, finely.
  2. Toss all vegetables in a bowl with an air-tight lid.
  3. Heat all remaining ingredients in a saucepan or microwave untll almost boiling and sugar is dissolved completely. Pour dressing over vegetables.
  4. Let bowl sit, covered, on counter for at least four hours, then refrigerate. Should be made at least 24 hours in advance to allow flavors to blend.

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