We were lucky to have a local grower who has befriended my husband as a fellow gardener and he gave him some leek plants. I believe there is about 14 leeks total. Each plant produces one "sheath" (as it is called) of leek. Here below is a photograph showing the tiny leek plants.
- So to prepare leeks for freezing, you need to cut off the darker green top as I have already explained. Prepare a sink with some cold water.
- Split the sheath from the top toward the base. Open up the leaves and swish in the cold water to remove any dirt or hidden insects.
- Slice the leeks as if you were preparing them for a fresh application.
- Spread them out on a sheet pan in a single layer and freeze them.
- When frozen, take the leeks and place them in freezer bags or small rigid plastic containers and keep in the freezer until you are ready to use.
- They last 10 to 12 months when frozen at 0° F.
A Potato Leek Soup recipe is here on my blog if you would like to try it.