Thursday, December 3, 2009

How to Clean Leeks

With leeks it's very important to get them cleaned well, since there are so many nooks and crannies for grit and dirt to hide in. We're using mostly only the white part of the leek and just about two inches of the green part just above there.

Split the leek down the entire length ...

... and fan it out to expose the grit.

I fill my clean sink with a basin of cool water and swish them around under the water a few times, which seems to work.

Remove, check, swish again if needed, check again and set aside to drain. These need to go through again a few more times before slicing.

Once well cleaned and drained, chop or slice the leeks as called for in the recipe.

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  1. We've recently discovered leeks and it's been a devil trying to clean them.

    This is much simpler than the method I was using. Thanks!!

  2. Can you tell me how much of the leek is good? I feel like I throw so much of it out; but I love their flavor in soups!

    1. You're probably doing it right! The outer green leaves are usually tough and while the inner part is edible, it's strong in flavor. You are mostly looking for the white part with just an inch or so of the green above that.

  3. A lot easier then I thought, never wanted to use cause seemed like so much work to clean. Thanks


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