A bouquet garni is a bundle of fresh or dried herbs. Bouquet garnis are seldom the same. A bouquet garni is typically used to flavor soups, broths, stocks, and certain slow-cooked meat dishes. The types of herbs used generally depend on the cook's preferences. Because the herbs are bundle, one can remove the herbs when the dish is done. This method is particularly convenient because it imparts flavor without leaving large chunks of herbs and seasonings in the dish.
Bouquet garnis have no particular size or common attribute. The amount and size of the herbs used typically depend on the dish. Most cooks typically include herbs such as basil, parsley, chevre, and rosemary in a bouquet garni. Some additions often include garlic or root vegetables such as garlic or parsnips.
Selecting and Buying
Preparation and Use
Choosing herbs for a bouquet garni is generally a matter of personal preference. One factor to keep in mind, however, is freshness. Dried herbs have a much different and stronger flavor that stands up well to long cooking times. One typically has to wait to put fresh bouquet garnis into a recipe.
Conserving and Storing
If using fresh herbs, one can place the bouquet garni in a plastic bag with a moist paper towel. The bag then needs to be refrigerator. Dried herbs, on the other hand, need to be kept in a cool, dry area.