Cabbage Water

Era: 1950s

“Everything that my mother cooked for me seemed normal, so nothing seemed strange. Especially on a Sunday roast, when she did the cabbage, she used to drain the cabbage water off and I’d drink it — it was lovely. I still drink it now, cabbage water. I drunk cabbage water then, I drink cabbage water now, and I still find it beautiful.”
Thomas Smedley



  • Chopped cabbage
  • Water
  • Salt

Salt your water in a big saucepan and bring to the boil.

Add your sliced cabbage to the water and boil until very soft.

Drain your cabbage over a bowl to catch the cabbage water.

Eat your cabbage with whatever meal you are having.

Enjoy your cabbage water as a nice refreshing drink.