- store unwashed and untrimmed in the refrigerator
- they will keep fresh for between one and two weeks
- Wrapping them loosely in a plastic bag will help retain moisture
- Cooked leeks are highly perishable, and even when kept in the refrigerator, will only stay fresh for about two days.
- Leeks may be frozen after being blanched for two to three minutes, although they will lose some of their desirable taste and texture qualities
- Leeks will keep in the freezer for about three months.
Cleaning & Preparing:
- Leeks collect grit between their layers
- First slice off the dense part of the root end, crosswise.
- Remove any outer layers that are thick and tough.
- Slice off the leaf end, just where it looks like the ‘white’ ends and the ‘green’ begins.
- Then cut half, lengthwise.
- Wash each half under running water, while loosely separating layers
- Cut the halves crosswise into 1/2 inch half-rounds for sauteeing.
- Take the leaf end and remove another layer or two.
- Inside will be a tender ‘light green’ part that can also be cut into half-rounds for sauteeing.
Studies have shown these possible health benefits.
- Lower bad cholesterol
- Raise good cholesterol
- Promote Optimal Health
- Help prevent Ovarian Cancer
- Stabilize Blood Sugar Levels
Very good source of:
A good source of:
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin B