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Leek

Leeks, belonging to the Allium ampeloprasum species, are vegetables closely related to onions, garlic, shallots, and chives. Known for their mild, slightly sweet flavor, leeks are often overlooked, but they provide a delightful alternative to the strong tastes of their onion-family cousins. Leeks have thick, white stalks and long, flat green leaves that grow in layers, resembling an oversized green onion. In the culinary world, leeks are famously used in a variety of dishes, from soups to quiches, and are prominently featured in traditional French cuisine. Leeks can provide a subtle flavor when cooked, making them an excellent base ingredient for sautéing and adding a touch of depth to many recipes. To prepare leeks for cooking, it is essential to remove any dirt trapped between the layers and to trim away the tough green tops.
#94
IN FRESH VEGETABLES
61
CAL / 100G
$0.16
AVG / OZ
leek
89%
CARBS
2%
FAT
9%
PROTEIN
Leek FAQ
When cooking with leeks, people often wonder which part of the leek to use, how to properly clean them, and how to prepare them. The white and light green parts are the most commonly used, as the dark green tops can be tough and fibrous. People often go wrong by discarding the dark green parts completely - they can be saved for making broth. To get the most out of leeks, make sure to wash them thoroughly, because dirt and grit often get trapped between the layers. After cutting off the root end and dark green part, slice the leek lengthwise and rinse under running water, fanning out the layers, to pin out any hidden dirt. For milder flavor, sweat the leeks rather than caramelizing them.
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Expiration & Storage Tips
When does leek expire?
When it comes to expiration timeframes, unopened leeks properly stored in the vegetable crisper drawer of the refrigerator can last for about 2 weeks. However, once they've been cut or peeled, their shelf life reduces to only a few days. If you've frozen your leeks, they can last up to 10-12 months, but their flavor and texture might change after 3 months.
How do you tell if leek is bad?
If your leeks have gone bad, they’ll often exhibit a few tell-tale signs. They may show signs of discoloration, becoming yellowed or darkened. A rotten smell or a slimy texture is a clear indicator that your leeks are no longer good to eat. In the case of frozen leeks, large ice crystals forming on the surface is not necessarily a sign of spoilage, but it might indicate freezer burn, which will affect the leeks' texture and flavor.
Tips for storing leek to extend shelf life
• Store your leeks unwashed and untrimmed in the vegetable crisper drawer of the refrigerator. Wrapping them loosely in a plastic bag can help retain moisture and keep them fresh for longer. • If you buy leeks with their roots attached, keep them in a jar with a little water at the bottom, just like a bouquet of flowers. Change water regularly. • For long-term storage, you can freeze your leeks. First, clean and chop them, blanch them in boiling water for about 2 minutes, then cool them quickly in ice water. Dry them thoroughly before packing into containers or freezer bags to prevent ice crystal formation. • Don't stack leeks too tightly together. Like onions, they need some airflow to stay fresh.
EXPIRES WITHIN
6 - 11
DAYS
Health Info
Macros
12g
CARBS
0g
FAT
1g
PROTEIN
Allowed on these diets
VEGETARIAN
KETO
PALEO
WHOLE 30
MEDITERRANEAN
LOW CARB
VEGAN
LACTOSE FREE
GLUTEN FREE
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