A bouquet garni lends unmistakable flavor to soups, stews and stocks.
Step 1: Wrap Your Herbs in Leeks
The classic French version is held together with leeks. Tip: You can also wrap a bouquet garni inside cheesecloth.
Step 2: Add Herbs
Make a bouquet with parsley, thyme and a bay leaf. Tuck in some black peppercorns and you can even try some peeled garlic.
Step 3: Tie with Kitchen Twine
Tie the bouquet up with kitchen twine. Keep the string long or short. A longer string helps you fish it out and a shorter string keeps things tidy.
Step 4: Experiment with Flavors
Oh, by the way, you don't eat the contents — it's just for flavor. Experiment with whatever flavors you want: sage, parsley, rosemary and garlic for Italian. Use them all together or pick and choose. Tie them in a bundle like before.
Step 5: Tie with Cheesecloth
Making Asian cuisine? Use classic Asian flavors, like ginger, garlic and scallions, to enhance your stock. Tie it up in a parcel with cheesecloth and twine, and use it as your recipe tells you to.
Step 6: Bursting with Flavor
Just a few ingredients can deliver bigtime flavor! Watch our how-to video for more.