Bouquet Garni

A flavorful mixture, this bouquet garni offers flavor and healthful benefits to your soups and stews.

(from Nature’s Medicine Cabinet by Bruce Burnett)

Bouquet garni is de rigueur (necessary according to etiquette) in French cuisine and bay leaves are de rigueur in bouquet garni. For convenience, prepare this recipe in bulk ahead of time so you have lots on hand.


  • 12 whole bay leaves
  • 12 tsp. whole celery seeds
  • 24 whole cloves
  • 36 peppercorns
  • 12 T. dried parsley
  • 6 tsp. thyme

Divide all the ingredients equally onto 12, four-inch square pieces of cheesecloth. Tie with heavy, white kitchen twine, leaving a long string for easy removal.

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