How to....Cut a Leek
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I taught you how to cut an onion awhile back. And hopefully it helped you become more efficient in the kitchen so that one day you can win The Amazing Race if they ever have an onion cutting challenge again....or you can just get dinner ready faster with your
I drew a line on the leek to show you where to make your first cut. Use a paring knife. You want to make a series of shallow cuts for this first part. The dark green part of the leek isn't good to eat, but if you just chopped the whole thing off where the dark green starts, then you'd waste a good portion of the usable leek.
So what you're going to do is make a series of cuts to remove only one layer of the husk at a time. Move outwards towards the end so that each time you cut, you're just cutting away the dark green. You want to preserve the super pale greenish part because it is tender and good to use.
<----See how I did it there. How far each cut should be will depend on your leek. Just make sure you're removing the hard stalky part.
Use your big chef knife for this part. You are done with your paring knife now.
Next you want to cut the leek into probably about 1/4 inch slices. Cut the whole thing up until you get right up on the hairy end (throw that hairy part away.)
<-----It will look about like this when you're done. But you will totally see dirt all over the pieces. NOW is the time to wash them. It's easier to remove the dirt when you can separate the pieces.
Wash and separate your leeks now. This is the easy way to do it. I promise.
Once you've done this and dried them on a paper towel, you're ready to get cooking!
Tomorrow I will give you a fantastic recipe for quiche that even men like.