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Leeks: Storage and Eating Tips

 

As we approach the end of our Fall CSA, we get the pleasure of meeting one of our late-season vegetables–the lovely leek, member of the Allium (onion) genus. With a more delicate, subtle flavor, leeks can replace onions in some dishes, but do require a more gentle cooking method. With a lower sugar content, for instance, they won’t caramelize like an onion.

To store, leave the entire leek intact until you’re ready to use it, as this helps preserve the leek’s moisture content. Wrap loosely in a plastic bag and store in the crisper drawer in your fridge.

Cooking tips:

  • Leeks work excellently with potatoes, like in this simple Potato Leek Soup.
  • We like to add gently sauteed leeks to our scrambled eggs or an omelette.
  • Try adding herbs like thyme or parsley to your leek-based dish.
  • Pair with any of these cheeses: Parmesan, goat cheese, Gruyere, Cheddar.
  • Most recipes call for the white and light green parts only. You can use both the darker green part and the roots (once well-rinsed) in a vegetable stock to use up the whole leek.

What’s your favorite way to cook with leeks?

2 Comments

  1. Lynn Schakel on November 4, 2019 at 6:47 am

    Hi Julie! So I found this link to use those wonderful leek tops – https://www.tastecooking.com/recipes/soupy-leek-rice/
    You can also dry them in a 130 degree oven (overnight!) for leek top chips. The recipe is yummy, the chips are ok, but some might like them more than I do. The recipe is more of a method, not really measurements, but she makes a fine point… all you need to do to the tops is cut them against the grain and cook them! They will soften up nicely.

    • Julie Oudman Perkins on November 7, 2019 at 5:25 pm

      So interesting–I’d never even considered leek top chips. Thanks for sharing, Lynn!

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