If you’ve ever dealt with fresh leeks, you KNOW that washing them well is extremely important. There’s a LOT of dirt packed between those leaves! In the video below, I show a simple way to wash the leeks and prepare them for the freezer. No blanching needed!
Below the video are details about different ways to wash leeks. The choice is yours on which method to use. Also, simple instructions on how to freeze leeks follow the washing instructions.
I hope this helps!
Ways to Wash Leeks
Leeks grow partly underground, so dirt or sand is likely to be between the layers of their leaves. Wash them thoroughly before cooking. Several methods can be used:
1. Trim off the roots and the tough, dark green tops of the leaves. If the outer layer is wilted or discolored, peel it away and discard. Slice the leek completely in half lengthwise. Separate the leaves and rinse them well under running water. The leeks can then be sliced into desired size pieces.
2. Quarter or halve the leek lengthwise, leaving the root end intact by cutting lengthwise from about one inch up from the root end. Fan the stalks outward and rinse them under running water while rubbing the leaves with your fingers to remove dirt. This works well if using the leek whole in a recipe.
3. If you need sliced leeks, slice them crosswise and wash the pieces well in a bowl of water or in a colander under running water. Repeat this process until you see that all dirt has been removed.
However you choose to wash the leeks, just be sure you wash them thoroughly because there’s sure to be dirt between the layers!
How to Freeze Leeks
Wash the leeks very well to remove all traces of dirt and grit from between the leaves.
Cut the leaves into the size pieces you anticipate needing when they are used in cooking.
Place the cut leeks into freezer bags. Be sure to label the bags with the contents and date. They will keep well in the freezer for 5 to 6 months.
Flatten the contents of the bags as much as possible and lay them flat in the freezer. When they are frozen, you could lightly drop the bags on the kitchen counter or table to loosen the contents so they are easier to get out of the bag when needed.
Alternatively, you could place the cut leeks on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Place the baking sheet in the freezer. When the leeks are frozen, transfer them to a labeled freezer bag and store for up to 5 or 6 months.