Bouquet garni is a basic aromatic preparation called for over and over again in French cooking, including stocks, soups, and slow-cooking dishes. It is made of fresh herbs and vegetables, tied into a bundle using kitchen mesh and/or thread.

1 sprig of thyme

3-4 parsley stems

1 bay leaf

2-3 leek leaves and/or

1 celery stalk cut crosswise in half

Thoroughly rinse ingredients to remove any dirt.

Enclose the herbs in the leek leaves or celery.

Cut a piece of string long enough to tie the bouquet securely and leave a tail long enough to tie to the pot handle.  This will make for a quick retreival when it is time to remove it.