Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Garlic Leeks

After the snow melted and the spring rains came we saw a handful of garlic stragglers missed during the previous harvest. We let them grow to about12 inches and pulled them out to inspect. The bulb had self divided and each mushy clove had a strong, thick leek-like stalk growing out of it. Never one to waste anything I decided to try and eat it.

First I chopped off the mushy clove and roots. Then I easily peeled off the outer layer down to a clean layer. I cut off about 8 inches of coarse leaves. This left a 5-inch juicy looking stem that I chopped and used in a sauté which was absolutely fabulous!

I was able to use the remainders, as well. I removed the mushy cloves and popped them into the compost. I washed the coarse leaves and soaked and rinsed the roots. These went into my freezer container for future soups.


Kay Lorraine said...

Pretty darn clever. Most of us would have just thrown them away without thinking. You managed to not only use the food but put the rest into the compost for next year's vegetables.

I'm impressed!

Gluten Free Sourdough Baker said...

Thanks, Kay! I feel pretty clever :-)
I love using as much of a vegetable as I can. Yesterday we had the garlic leeks saueteed with overwintered kale that was getting ready to bolt. Really good!

Thanks for your comment!