Cleaning Leeks

Prized by gourmets, leeks are mellower than onions and garlic.

Before leeks are washed, they're also grittier because their tightly packed leaves easily collect soil. Here's how to remove the grit:

Cleaning leeks
Cleaning leeks is easy to do
and comparable to cleaning
celery stalks.

  • Remove any outer leaves that have wilted.
  • Slice the leek lengthwise in half, all the way through the root end.
  • Holding the leek under a faucet with the root end up, rinse the leek under cold running water, lifting and separating the leaves with your fingers to allow the grit to flow down through the top of the leek.
  • Continue rinsing until all grit is removed. Slice off the root end before using.