There are several different ways to cook with leek seeds. When I am thinking about a recipe, I will generally think of it as a roast or a stew. But leeks can also be used in a casserole, a stew, sauce and other cooking methods. If you have never cooked with leek seeds before, this article will give you some ideas on how to do so.
To make a roast, I like to start by lining a baking sheet with wax paper. Then, I put a layer of dry pastry cream on the top of the wax paper and fold it over into a tube shape. Next, I place a round container of dry fruit inside the pastry case and then top with a layer of leek seeds. I allow the mixture to sit for about ten minutes so that the seeds pop and make the crease easily.
After the leeks are done popping, I use them to create a head for a roast. I first use a spatula to take the seeds out of the leeks. Then, I quickly wrap each piece in foil and refrigerate them for about an hour before making them into a nice big loaf of sourdough bread or a round cake. Once they are cooled, I frost them with a little frosting or butter. Then, serve with fresh vegetables or crackers.
Another idea for using leek seeds is to make a nice soup. I've tried the cabbage soup that uses only vegetable leftovers as the main ingredient, and the soup tasted good as well as being nutritious. I did however have to use the same amount of salt that I normally do with a regular vegetable soup so that the leeks didn't overpower the taste of the food. If you want to try this recipe for cabbage soup, then you should try making it with two types of dried leek instead of just one.
If you're planning on using your leeks for soups or stews, then you should also remember that they should be seasoned prior to cooking them. My grandmother used to sprinkle salt over them prior to cooking, but I like to do it now with the spices included in my spice rack. You can sprinkle your herbs as well or use the regular seasonings. The key is to create a seasoning that compliments the leeks without overpowering them. This is the key to creating a yummy soup or stew.
When it comes to making a roasted chicken, then you will want to remove the skin before roasting. This allows the herb and other ingredients to penetrate the meat more effectively and add their wonderful flavor to the roasted chicken. The easiest way to remove the skin from the leek seeds without damaging them is to crush them between your thumb and forefinger before taking them out of the bag.
To save leek seeds, it's important to store them properly, especially if you live in a dry, warm climate. They can last for many months, if they are stored correctly and are not exposed to air until they are ready to use. If you store your seeds in a dry area, it is important that you don't leave them out for extended periods of time. Moisture can destroy them and the oils within the seeds can start to turn rancid when left on the ground for too long. If they get too wet, they will simply drown and lose their potency altogether.
When you decide you want to use your leeks in cooking, be sure to use sparingly. Since they have an exquisite flavor, you want to limit how much you use. When you store them, be sure to cover them tightly to help preserve their potency. If you do not have a salt block, you may want to consider sprinkling of coarse salt over the seeds before storing. This will help retain their fragrance and keep them fresh. Regardless, of how you store and prepare your leeks, making them part of your daily diet will make them an excellent addition to your pantry and ensure you always have them on hand.