Leeks are delicious, versatile and healthy, but getting rid of the dirt trapped between those long leaves keeps many a cook at bay. The quick cleaning tips in this video will make the leek a welcome return guest in any kitchen.

What You Need

  • large bowl of cool water or faucet
  • leeks
  • strainer
  • chef’s knife

Follow These Steps

  1. Cut off the dark green part
    Slice off the leek’s dark green end, trimming to the part where the color is a pale green. You can save these ends to make stock, but they’re too tough to eat on their own.
  2. Cut off the end; slice stalk the lengthwise
    Take the remaining white stalk, cut off the root end, and slice the leek in half lengthwise.
  3. Run leeks under water or chop
    If you’re using leek halves intact, hold them under running water, separating the layers slightly to help dislodge the grit (for, say, roasting). Or, if your recipe calls for chopped leeks, skip this step and slice your stalks instead.
  4. Swish in water and strain
    Dunk leek slices in a bowl of cool water, swishing to let grit sink to the bottom. Strain pieces to remove excess water.

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