Because they grow in sandy soil, leeks tend to house a lot of dirt and grit within their layers. It’s important to thoroughly clean them before cooking. Read through our quick tips to make sure you have prepared your leeks for your next recipe!
- Cut off the dark green end of leek and discard. Next, cut off root end and discard. Slice remaining white stalk in half lengthwise.
- If recipe uses halved leeks, hold upside-down under running water while gently separating layers to remove grit. if using chopped leeks, slice stalks into half moons.
- Transfer leeks to bowl of cool water, swishing to let grit sink to bottom.
- Using a slotted spoon, transfer leeks to colander to drain (do not pour directly into colander).