How to Make a Bouquet Garni or Sachet

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A bouquet garni is basically an aromatizing agent that is used to add flavor and aroma to dishes. Bouquet garnis are removed from the dish after they have flavored and aromatized it.That’s why you want to tie it up…it would be quite a challenge to fish peppercorns out of a boiling pot!

The classic bouquet garni consists of a bay leaf, some fresh thyme, a few sprigs of parsley (parsley stems are traditionally used, as the leaves can leach color into your dish) and a few peppercorns tied up in a leek leaf.  You can also use cheesecloth to wrap things up, in which case it would be called a sachet. However, it doesn’t really matter what you put in the bouquet garni…you are basically just adding flavor and aroma, so you can add whatever spices and herbs that you want to flavor your dish.

Here’s the basic process:

1. Combine 2 teaspoons black peppercorns, 1 bay leaf, ½ stalk celery, several sprigs of fresh thyme, a handful of parsley stems and 3 cloves.

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2. In this case, we are wrapping our ingredients in cheesecloth to make a sachet.

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3. Tie off with butcher’s twine…or, if you don’t have butcher’s twine (like us in this photo), you can improvise by making a little satchel.

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  1. What a nice idea!

    I’ve been looking at the site this morning and see that there is a little something for everyone from gamers to not so professional cooks such as myself, and then for the artistic minded.

    So glad to have found your website.

    Lynn

  2. I made a sachet based on your instructions above. I say sachet because I used cheesecloth and wrapped it with thin twine. It worked very well and stayed put together. It did puff out and that was a shock, but the sachet served its purpose well, and kept all of the spices inside the cheesecloth and out of the pot. I used it for the corned beef brisket, remembering how unpleasing the hard spices were stuck to the meat when I cooked this before. It did not reduce the flavor of the spice packet one bit. This is an excellent way to get the spices in a dish without having to try to scrape them out or off later.

    And, for those people you really like to come up with a special little gift for, I think this is excellent.

    Lynn A.

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  4. I use those fillable tea filters. They are available in most dollar stores and grocery stores for a dollar. They come with drawstrings.

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