Produce Primer: How To Fix a Leek

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Mild, oniony leeks are delicious in everything from savory tarts to potato soup. The only problem? The veggie's many layers can trap a lot of grit--something you don't want to crunch down on during dinner. To get them really clean, give this quick and easy method a shot.

How to Prep a Leek

Illustrations by Alan Witschonke

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How to Prep a Leek - Step 1

Step 1:
Trim off the root end and the tough dark green leaves.

How to Prep a Leek - Step 2

Step 2: Cut in half lengthwise.

How to Prep a Leek - Step 3

Step 3: Slice crosswise into small pieces.

How to Prep a Leek - Step 4

Step 4: Swish the leeks around in a bowl of cool water, then let 'em soak. As they sit, the grit will sink. Scoop them out with a slotted spoon, being careful not to disturb the dirt.

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Try it out with our Leek and Goat Cheese Tart.

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