How To Make A Bouquet Garni
A bouquet garni is a bundle of herbs and aromatics used to add flavor and aroma to a dish. Because it is removed once all the flavor has been extracted, tying it into a bundle makes that easier. No one wants to fish whole peppercorns out of a boiling pot!
A classic bouquet garni consists of a bay leaf, some fresh thyme, a few parsley sprigs (stems only, as the leaves leech color) 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. What goes into a bouquet garni doesn’t really matter. It’s just a practical method for delivering flavor, so feel free to include whatever spices and herbs that you wish.
Here’s the basic method:
In this case, we are wrapping our ingredients in cheesecloth to make a sachet.
Tie off with butcher’s twine…or, if you don’t have butcher’s twine (like us in this photo), tie the ends of the cheesecloth to make a little satchel.