Posted: 10/07/2015 at 21:16
Noooooo!!!!! Cut your cabbage, separate the leaves, cut out any chewed bits and shred the leaves and put in a bowl of cold water with a dessertspoonful of salt in it and leave for half an hour, rinse and cook.
Generatiions of gardeners/cooks have been doing it for years - my grandmother did it, your grandmother did it, and their grandmothers before them.
It'll be fine - be proud of your first cabbage and enjoy it