How to Trim Leeks

How to Trim Leeks

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Leeks are a delicious addition to soup and other recipes. They’re in the aromatic group with plant ingredients like garlic and onions, but their flavor is slightly sweeter and much more mild.

Leeks tend to be less well known, so if you’re interested in experimenting with leeks, you may need a few pointers on how to wash and trim leeks first. I’m here to teach you how to trim leeks!

For ideas on what to use your leeks once they’ve been cut, scroll down to the “Keto Leek Recipes” section below the How-To.

You’ve seen leeks in the produce section, but how do you use them? Is there a special way to trim leeks? How do you slice leeks for cooking, and what recipes are they suitable for? Find out with this helpful article and great How-To on cutting leeks! Keen for Keto | keto leeks | keto veggies

Can You Eat Leeks on Keto?

Yes! Of course, if you’ve read any of my articles on Keen for Keto, you know that I will rarely tell you that a whole food or vegetable is “not keto.”

There are just so many ways to do keto, and no one should be telling you which type is right for you.

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Just to put it in perspective, a cup of chopped onions is 15 grams of total carbs (12.3 net carbs) and a cup of leeks has 13 grams of total carbs (11.4 net carbs).

So if you eat onions on the keto diet, there’s no reason you can’t also have leeks.

It’s so nice to be able to try new ingredients and not feel restricted!

Now let’s talk about how to prepare leeks for soup (or whatever else you fancy!).

How to Trim Leeks

How to Trim Leeks

Yield: Timmed leeks for soup or other recipes

This how-to instructional will teach you how to trim, wash, and slice leeks for your next keto meal!

Materials

Instructions

Cutting the ends off the leek

    1. Cut the root off the leek. You should have about a 1/2 inch stump that you've cut off. Discard the root.
    2. Cut off the top leafy part of the leek. You want the white part, not the green part. When choosing leeks, you should choose leeks that have as much white as possible, since you'll be cutting the rest off. I generally place my knife about 1-2 inches past the part where it is starting to turn white, so I still get a little bit of light green. The green part is tough and fibrous, and not as flavorful. If I'm sauteeing the leeks, I'm not as picky and may allow some of the lighter green part to pass. After cutting the ends off the leek, this is what you will have: How to cut leeks

    How to Clean Leeks

    1. Slice the leeks in half lengthwise. How to prep leeks
    2. Holding the leek layers together in a fist, run the leeks under water, flipping through the layers to rinse any dirt out. How to clean leeks

    How to Cut Leeks

    1. Place the cut side of the leek down on a cutting board. Using a very sharp knife, slice along the curve of the leek as thinly as you like. How to Trim Leeks. You’ve seen leeks in the produce section, but how do you use them? Is there a special way to trim leeks? How do you slice leeks for cooking, and what recipes are they suitable for? Find out with this helpful article and great How-To on cutting leeks! Keen for Keto | keto leeks | keto veggies
    2. If you prefer diced leeks to sliced leeks, before slicing the leeks widthwise, slice them into strips lengthwise. Then proceed to dice the strips into whatever size you're looking for.

    You can now use your sliced leeks for whatever yummy recipe you like!





    What Do Leeks Taste Like?

    Leeks are aromatic like onions and garlic, but they have a much more delicate and mild flavor. They’re great for giving soups just a small onion-like taste without being overpowering.

    Many people say leeks are slightly sweeter than other aromatics, as well.

    Keto Leek Recipes

    Funny story.

    I LOVE leeks.

    I was recently at the grocery store picking out leeks and cheerfully and choosily decided on a bunch of leeks as a man next to me in the produce aisle looked on.

    He leaned over and asked me what I do with them and I was a bit taken off guard. I shouldn’t have been, because I never had a leek in my life till I was an adult, but it took me a second to recalibrate and then try to rein in my leek passion while telling him what I like to use leeks for the most.

    If you love soup, try this Instant Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage Soup!

    Now, I’ve had this blog for a few years by this time, so I thought for sure I had leek recipes on Keen for Keto, given how much I love leeks. Would you believe, I DON’T. So, we’ll be remedying that very very soon and very very soon you’ll be sick of hearing about leeks, haha!

    But for now, I’ll give you a few suggestions. My first is that you can try putting leeks anywhere you would cook onions (especially sauteed onions–yum!). You’ll be surprised at what the pleasantly delicate flavor can do in place of onions.

    Two great places to use sauteed leeks are in soups and quiches. Enjoy!!

    New keto leek recipe! Try this Turkey Leek Soup with Broccoli and Bacon!

    Are leeks ok on keto? How many carbs are in leeks? Find out how they compare to onions and if they really are okay to eat on the keto diet. Plus, you’ll also find out how to prepare leeks! Keen for Keto | keto leeks | keto leek recipes | carbs in leeks | keto vegetables

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