Selecting and Storing Leeks
- Look for leeks that are smooth with crisp green tops
- Leeks will stay fresh in the refrigerator for about five days. You can freeze leeks by cleaning, slicing, and blanching them for several minutes in boiling water. Rinse them with cold water, drain, prefreeze on a tray for about 30 minutes, then put in freezer bags in handy amounts.
- To clean a leek, you cut off the root base and most of the tougher green top. Then you need to rinse it well under running water, spreading apart the leaves at the top. There’s usually some dirt trapped in there. Or you can slice the leeks (as in the recipe below) and then rinse with water.