I have not tried leeks before, but since it has been so rampant in our groceries as of late, I became intrigued by it. I have learned that leeks is part of an onion family. I noticed that it did not have the pungent smell and taste as the onions. I was not also crying when I was cutting it, which was a good thing. But I learned really fast that it needs a bit of work to remove the soil from it. Since leeks grow under the ground, it tends to be "soily," so it is important to pay attention in cleaning it completely.
Today, I am sharing to you what I have learned on how to clean this little veggie. I have here the video from where I learned it from, but I also have some photos that you can look at. So let's begin!
1. CUT THE BASE OF THE LEEKS AS SHOWN BELOW.
2. CUT THE LEAVES. YOU CAN TOSS THE LEAVE OR YOU CAN FREEZE IT FOR LATER. YOU CAN USE THE LEAVES FOR SOUPS TOO.
3. REMOVE TH LEAVES THAT LOOKS TOUGH AND DRIED THEN ...
CUT THE LEEKS IN THE MIDDLE AND FAN IT OUT GENTLY.
4. WASH IN A RUNNING WATER. MAKING SURE THAT EACH COMPARTMENTS ARE CLEANED OUT.
OR YOU CAN DO THIS WHERE YOU SLICE THE LEEKS, WASH WITH RUNNING WATER AND THEN PLACE IN A BOWL OF WATER AND PLACE THE SLICED LEEKS IN IT. THE LEEKS WILL STAY ON TOP, WHILE THE DIRT WILL SINK AT THE BOTTOM.
5. GET A STRAINER ND DRAIN THE LEEKS. JUST MAKE SURE THAT YOU ARE SCOOPING THE DIRT WITH IT.
5. SLICE INTO SMALL PIECES LIKE THESE.
Next week, we will be cooking some meals that use leeks in them. Stay tuned to that. ADIOS!