A bouquet garni is quite simply a bundle of herbs that you can use to add aroma and flavour to your soups, stocks and casseroles. So here I'm going to show you how to do it.
I'm going to take a few sprigs of fresh thyme, bay leaf, some parsley including the stalk because it's got lots of flavour, and finally, using the top of a leek, I'm going to place all the herbs inside. And all you need to do now is wrap it and take some kitchen string and firmly secure it.
Once that's done, all you now is have to do is just trim off any excess string. Okay, so that's a bouquet garni finished.
Another way that you can prepare a bouquet garni, if you wanted to add some more looser ingredients like peppercorns or cloves, is to get some muslin, place all your herbs and any loose spices and then gather it up and tie some kitchen string around it.
Over here on the hob, we've got some vegetables and some stock bubbling away to make a really lovely vegetable soup. I just want to place the bouquet garni straight in there and all you need to do is let it simmer and bubble away for the duration of the cooking time.
So the soup is now cooked, I'm just going to take the bundle of herbs out; they've worked their magic and infused right into the soup. A home-made bouquet garni is a great way to guarantee flavour in your food. Now you've seen how simple it is, why not give it a go yourself?