To start, I've always put my cabbage in the freezer before I start to make the leaves pliable and easier to work with. However I have heard of those who microwave the cabbage and take off leaves as they become softer. Is this easier? I'll have to see if the cabbage will fit into the microwave. I also heard I can put the cabbage rolls together with raw cabbage and raw rice, and then cook them with your tomato juice or whatever. I've never tried that but it seems it would save a lot of work. I suppose I would have to use very lean beef so they wouldn't be too greasy. Anyone ever tried this?