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Old Apr 24, 2013, 4:34 pm   #1
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I have never tried wild leeks (love store leeks, onion, and garlic). I would like to try them this year but I don't want to pick more than I will use. Can anyone tell me what kind of refrigerator life span to expect? Also, is there any worthwhile ways to preserve them?
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Old Apr 24, 2013, 6:22 pm   #2
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I've found they only last up to 4-5 days or so in the fridge.
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I've found you can buy more time by wrapping them in wet papertowels and storing in an open ziplock in the fridge. I also pickle ramps, which is a great use of them IMO (it's a refrigerator pickle recipie that I make- I posted on the site last year in the recipe section if you are interested).

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Old Apr 24, 2013, 9:38 pm   #4
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They also freeze fairly well too
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Old Apr 25, 2013, 12:16 am   #5
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Re: question about ramps

dehydrate the bulbs and leaves. you can grind the dried bulbs into a powder (ramp powder yum) and the leaves can be dried and chopped as well.

in the fridge wrapped in towels is a good way. I keep mine in a pitcher with a little water in it in the fridge, and put a gallon ziplock bag over the tops so they dont wilt from the cold... works really well lasts for days
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Old Apr 27, 2013, 12:31 am   #6
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Thanks for the advise and recipe everyone. I cant wait to try them all.
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Old Apr 27, 2013, 5:00 am   #7
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This ramp tag search link may help you out too j.
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Old Apr 27, 2013, 9:31 am   #8
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To store ramps I first brush them off or shake them to remove most of the soil on the roots or I pull some roots off if there is alot of soil. Then I smash as many ramps as I can fit into a pint or larger size ball jar and then close the top and keep the ramps in the closed jars in the freezer. When you retrieve some ramps, cut with scissors or pluck into small pieces when still frozen. When you dry ramps some flavors are lost as well as if you cook or heat them. The whole ramp is edible not just the white bulb.
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The entire plant is edible, it's just that the leaves and stems get tough as they mature. The leaves have a milder flavor than the bulb. Same as with an onion.
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We use the leaves for salad, the bulbs for pickling-eating-powdering, and the whole thing for Polish Roses on Steroids. We've had a jar of bulbs and water last for two months in the fridge, with no deteriation of flavor and quality. We change the water every other day.

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