Cabbage shredder

Object title: Cabbage Shredder

Object name: Cabbage Shredder

Description Size (in mm)

180mm (w) x 410mm (h)

Parts (include any casing or support)

Wooden board with shaped handle with two metal pieces attached diagonally and held in place by two wooden strips on either side

Collection (is the item part of a collection)

Not part of a collection. This item is in personal ownership.

Colour (of each piece, including any notes on fading or discolouration)

brown wood and metal grey

Materials (what is the item and any component parts made of e.g. plastic body, fabric dress, synthetic hair)

wood and iron and nails

Maker (who or what company made the item, or made part of the item e.g. the body of a doll may be commercially made, while the dress is hand made by a local resident)

Made in Krakow, Poland, maker unknown

Inscriptions (any signature or stamp on the item)


Method of manufacture (or see Maker)


Contents (for records include titles)


Use (how is or was the item used e.g. as a home ornament, for display, in a workshop)

Used in cooking to shred cabbage to make sauerkraut

History (from the time the item was made, who owned it, where it was made and who the current owner is)

Cabbage shredder was brought by parents-in-law to Australia in the 1990s from Poland.  It belonged to husband’s grandmother who used the cabbage shredder from the 1920s to the 1950s and later on used by the Laba family in Wollongong until the 2000s



donated – no

Associated information (personal information provided by owner, maker, donor or organisation about the item, its use, history and significance)

Reminder of home in Poland when family was involved in the who process of preparation and making of sauerkraut and the smell and taste of dishes cooked from it.  Additionally sauerkraut was made in autumn so sit could last throughout the cold Polish winter and was the main ingredient in a very popular dish ‘bigos’ (a hunter’s stew)

Item number Zofia Laba

Current location Home of Zofia Laba, Wollongong Region