How to Make a Bouquet Garni
Just like a little bouquet of flowers can brighten your day, a Bouquet Garni can improve the outlook of all your favorite soups, stews, lentils, and beans. You don't really need a specific Bouquet Garni recipe, but once I show you how to make one, all you need is your favorite fresh herbs, a length of kitchen twine, and your imagination.
- 4-6 Parsley stems
- 1 Bay leaf
- 2-3 Fresh thyme sprigs or any other green herb: sage, rosemary, tarragon, basil, cilantro, oregano, summer savory
- 1 teaspoon Black peppercorns optional
- cotton or hemp unwaxed twine
- 4" square of cotton cheesecloth optional
Place a short length of twine on a work surface. It needs to be long enough to tie around everything.
Stack the herbs and bay leaf on top of the twine in a small pile so that stems are parallel to each other.
Tie the twine around the herbs to bundle them together. Knot to secure.
If using peppercorns, use the cheesecloth. Place herbs, bay leaf, and peppercorns in the center of the square and gather up by the corners, tying with twine to secure.