What Is Bouquet Garni?

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bouquet-garni

The term Bouquet Garni simply means garnished bouquet in French language.

Bouquet Garni is a bundle of herbs originally wrapped in a piece of celery wrapped in a leek leaf used to add flavor and aroma to the stock, soup or stew in the cooking process. You can substitute leak leaf with muslin or cheese cloth for tying  herbs.

boquet garni herbs
boquet garni herbs

You need to remember two terms while working in the kitchen. Your chef may ask you to add Bouquet Garni or Sachet d’Epices to cooking soup or stew.

Sachet d’Epices  literally means bag of spices originally contain Bay Leaves, Parsley Stems, Black Peppercorns, Garlic cloves and fresh Thyme.

Both are bundles of herbs used to add final flavor to the food.

Ingredients In Bouquet Garni
1 sprig of thyme
3 or 4 parsley stems and
1 bay leaf placed in a small piece of celery wrapped in a leek leaf.

Ingredients In Sachet d’Epices
3 or 4 parsley stems
1 sprig of thyme
1 bay leaf
1 tsp roughly crushed peppercorns and
1 garlic clove all wrapped in muslin or cheesecloth.

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bouquet-garni

RATIO: Ratio is very important while assembling herbs to make a bouquet garni

One of each should be made for a stock using the 8:6:1 ratio, meaning if your only cooking three quarts of stock or half the ratio, just pick one to use.