Taking the smell out of cabbage

Photo by Cynthia Hochswender

When we were young and looking for our first apartment, my husband would eliminate certain rental options by wrinkling his nose and saying, “Impossible. It smells like cabbage.”

Not raw cabbage, of course, but the boiled stuff.

What makes cabbage give off such a strong odor when it’s cooking? According to one website, it’s because the amount of sulfur in the leaves increases as you cook them; the longer you cook your cabbage, the stronger the scent will be.

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