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Can leeks be frozen after cleaned and sliced?


Q. Can leeks be frozen after cleaned and sliced???


A. Yes, but they should be blanched before freezing to kill bacteria. Clean the leeks and then slice them. Bring a pot of water to a boil and then quickly blanch them (submerge in boiling water for 30-40 seconds). Let them drip dry in a colander to remove most of the water. To keep the leeks from freezing together, lay the slices on a sheet of parchment paper on top of a cookie sheet and then freeze. Leeks can also be frozen in small clumps the same way. Once frozen, the sliced leeks can be combined in a freezer safe container and enjoyed at any time.

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