Learn How to Use Leeks

How to Clean and Use Leeks Leeks and soup pot

If you’ve never had a leek, you are missing out on a very delicious taste.  Leeks may be used in place of scallions or onions, in my opinion.  My daughter first introduced me to leeks with her homemade chicken soup.  What a difference that made.

Whether you grow your own or purchase them from the market, there are some simple rules to keep them fresh and ready to use.  They are simple, quick and will make a better recipe when followed.  Recipes found below.

Instructions for Cleaning Leeks

For cut up Leeks: leeks, cut up in slices

  1. Trim off the leaves and roots
  2. Cut the white and light green parts lengthwise in quarters
  3. Next slice them crosswise.
  4. Put in a bowl of cold water and stir around to loosen any dirt
  5. Allow them to rest in the water for 5 minutes to allow the dirt to sink to the bottom. Leeks will/should float to the top.
  6. Remove the leeks carefully (don’t want to stir up any debris on bottom)

For Whole Leeks:

  1. Trim off the leaves and roots
  2. Cut the white and light green parts lengthwise (in half)
  3. Rinse them under cold tap water and pulls sections apart (like a fan) to remove any dirt.
  4. Store in open container with whites in water

To Store for Later:

Put into a non-BPA container in refrigerator for 7-14 days.  Follow cleaning instructions above when ready to use.

Freeze in a non-BPA container for up to  10 months.

Leek Recipes Leek soup

 

Substitute leeks for onions or mix with them in whatever you stir-fry, slow-cook or in soups.  You will be glad you did!

 

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