- To shred a head of cabbage or iceberg lettuce by hand, first cut the head through the core into quarters.
- Place a quarter section, with a cut side down, on a cutting board.
- Hold a cleaver or chef's knife perpendicular to the cabbage or lettuce. Slice it into long 1/8- to 1/4-inch-thick shreds.
- Shredding done in a blender or on a shredding surface produces much finer pieces. Shredding vegetables by hand is best for stir-frying because it results in larger pieces.
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