Leeks can add wonderfully mild flavor to a variety of dishes, soups, meats and many other foods. However, they can be a pain to deal with due to the prep work that is needed to get them squeaky clean. No one likes to bite down into a leek full of dirt… I cook with leeks a lot and the best way I have found to clean them is to put my salad spinner to use! Simply fill your salad spinner half full with water, place your chopped leeks in the water and give them a good spin! I spin them around for about 45 seconds, remove the basket, dump out the water, rinse, and place the basket with the leeks back in and spin them again to remove the excess water. Now they are ready for use!