How to Clean and Slice Leeks

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A few months ago I wrote a blog post for Mother’s Niche about cleaning and slicing Leeks and wanted to share it with you too.

I love leeks and have a fantastic Potato Leek Soup Here

Today, I’m going to share how to clean and slice leeks. A leek is a wonderful produce from the onion family. They have a great mild onion flavor, perfect if you like onions, but don’t love how strong they can be. They can be used in soups, sauces, in omelets, quiches, etc. They are so versatile.

Leeks can be a challenge because they are very dirty and intimidating with their size, but with just a few steps you can have these babies cleaned and sliced.

How to clean and slice leeks –

Step 1 – Wash and dry your leeks.

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Step 2 – Cut off the long dark green stalks, be sure to leave a little bit of green. You want to use that in your dishes.

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Step 3 – Thinly slice your leeks into rings. Be sure to discard the hairy, root end.

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Step 4 – Place leek rings into a bowl of cold water.  Be sure to separate the rings so you get all the dirt between the rings.

Step 5 – Strain your leeks and pat dry and now they are ready to go.

I hope you give leeks a try. They are a great alternative to the traditional onion.



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  1. When we lived in China, they didn’t have green onions, but they had loads of leeks. I really loved cooking with them. You’re right. They are a little more mild than a regular onion. Plus, they are so big that you don’t have to buy a bunch.

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