How to clean leeks

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How to clean leeks

I love cooking with leeks!  I don’t know when I discovered these beauties, but I’m so glad I did.  Leeks are part of the onion and garlic family.  They have a mild onion taste and they are super healthy and good for you!  The edible part of the leek is the white and a bit of the light green part.  I always feel bad throwing the bulk of the green leek away!  A chef once told me that the dark green leaves are only really good for use in stocks.  So, when you use leeks, you must clean them first before using because sand and dirt get caught in the leaves as they grow and will make your recipes taste gritty if you do not clean them properly.

separte the white part of the leek from the dark green
separate the white part of the leek from the dark green

The first thing you do is get a bowl of lukewarm water ready for your leeks.  Then you cut the white part of the leek from the inedible dark green part.  You may include some of the light green part, but don’t go too far up.

cut leeks in half
cut leeks in half

Next, cut the leeks in half and place on their side.  Begin to cut the leeks so they resemble half moons.  After they are cut, place in the lukewarm bowl of water.  Give them a massage and separate the  pieces.  The sand and grit will fall to the bottom of the bowl and the leeks will float on top.

leeks in a bowl of lukewarm water.
leeks in a bowl of lukewarm water.

Allow the leeks to float in the water for about 5 minutes so the sand and grit can fall to the bottom.  Remove the leeks with a slotted spoon.  Just gently skim the top to remove leeks.  You don’t want to stir up the dirty water! Place leeks on a towel and gently pat dry.  Add the cleaned leeks to your recipe.

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