How to Buy, Store, and Cook With Leeks, In Season in October

September 30, 2015

Anything an onion can do, a leek can do, too. Caramelize the whites in butter; add them to soups, stew, and stocks; sauté them…need we go on? Plus, you can use the greens in homemade soups and stock, which helps cut back on kitchen waste. They’re harvested throughout the summer and into late fall.

Leeks are notoriously dirty, so don’t be put off by a little grittiness or mud. Beyond that, look for taut, well-formed whites without any gashes. The dark greens should be healthy-looking, without any fraying, pest damage, or gashes. Many leeks still contain the…