Learn how to properly cut & clean leeks with this easy guide.

Start by slicing off the root end of the leek.

Next, find the transition point where the white/pale green turns into dark green leaves. Cut the leek in half here.

Slice the lighter section in half vertically to cut the leek into half circles.

If preferred, the leeks can also be cut into circles by skipping the previous step.

The darker green leaves can also be used if desired. They have a stronger flavor and need more cooking time.

Green parts are great for flavoring broth or adding to compost. Look for leeks with a longer light area for maximum use.

Once sliced, soak leeks in a bowl of water to let the dirt & sand settle on the bottom.

Scoop the leeks out of the water and pat dry before using.

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