Cleaning and Trimming Leeks

Leeks make a great addition to stews, sauces, and many other meals. You need to prepare leeks for use in a recipe by cleaning and trimming them. Preparing a leek for your next great kitchen masterpiece is a snap:

1Cut off the roots of the leek.

Leave the bulb itself intact.

2Cut off the top of the leek.

Leave about 2 inches of pale green at the top.

3Slit the leek in half lengthwise.

You may leave the base of the bulb intact if you don’t want two leek halves.

4Rinse the leek under cold running water.

You want to wash out any grit or dirt.