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How to Prep Leeks

How to Clean Leeks

With their mild onion flavor and thick white stalk, leeks are one of my favorite vegetables. They're excellent in cold weather preparations like soups, stews, and braises. When cooking with leeks, it's important to take the time to properly clean them. Because of the way they grow, leeks are one the dirtiest of vegetables, with mud and dirt getting trapped between the layers. Here's how I like to clean mine:

  1. Most recipes call for the white and light green parts only. Start by slicing the dark green part off. Slice off the bottom end.
  2. Cut the leek in half lengthwise and dice according to the specifications in your recipe.
  3. Fill a large bowl with cold water. Toss the chopped leeks in the water and swirl with your hands.
  4. Let stand in the water for several minutes. Swirl with your hands again to ensure all the dirt is removed.
  5. Drain in a colander and dry with a paper towel.

Do you cook with leeks? How do you prepare them?


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ella1978 ella1978 6 years
We too have a great potato leek soup recipe. I love them. I had actually never had them till I met my fiance. We make leek fritters (leeks and mazo formed into pancakes and cooked in a little oil) potato leek soup, use them in veggie soup & in fritatas or potato bakes.. yum. We are actually making the soup tonight.. yay!
insanitypepper insanitypepper 6 years
My husband makes a delicious potato leek soup. Bring on the leeks!
Anadi Anadi 6 years
Not really brunoise since you can't get perfect squares out of leeks, but it resembled brunoise. He measured every single cut, bad memories.
Anadi Anadi 6 years
My cooking teacher made us practice our knife skills with leeks, but we never cut them in half lengthwise, we just made complete rings out of it. That's the same cut we would use for any recipe, that or brunoise.
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