Video:How to Clean Fresh Leekswith Gretchen Siegchrist
With a flavor similar to onions, leeks can add subtle flavor to your favorite foods. See how leeks are cleaned and learn how to cut them.See Transcript
Transcript:How to Clean Fresh LeeksHi, I'm Gretchen Siegchrist for About.com Food, and I am going to show you how to clean leeks. Leeks have a flavor very similar to onions, but more delicate. They are delicious in soups, stir-fries and salads.
Because of the way the plant grows, it is virtually impossible to avoid dirt between the leaves. Therefore, we need to be very careful to clean the leeks thoroughly so you do not find yourself biting down on sand.
Cutting the LeekWe use the white part of the leeks and about an inch above, right up to the place where it starts to turn dark green. So cut the leaves off here and discard them. We are also going to cut off the roots, but be careful and try to keep the leek attached at the base.
Next, slice the leek vertically in half, until just about an inch above the base.
Pre-Wash the LeekNow, we are going to rinse this under cold water. Be sure to fan the leaves apart so we can wash away any dirt that might be hiding between them.
Slice the LeekNext, we will slice the leek, and then rinse it again to get rid of any remaining dirt.
Rinse the LeekPlace the chopped leeks in a bowl of cold water. Swirl them around so that any sand will go to the bottom of the bowl. You will have to fish the leeks out with your fingers so that the dirt remains in the bottom of the bowl. Now your leeks should be clean and ready to enjoy in your cooking.
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