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How to prepare leeks

Leeks need to be washed carefully, to remove any grit trapped in their layers.

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Step 1

Trim off the roots and the coarse dark green part of the tops. Don't throw them away - they’re great for adding to stocks.

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Step 2

Cut the leeks in half lengthways.

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Step 3

Wash under a running tap, fanning the layers and rinsing away any grit or soil trapped between them.

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Step 4

Drain thoroughly and slice as required.