My new kitchen cabinets are finally being delivered next week! I am so excited! Unfortunately it also means my kitchen is going to be torn up for at least a week or two while my husband installs them. This is going to make cooking meals very difficult, so I have decided to make some things to freeze that will help us to make easy dinners while the kitchen is a mess. One of the first things I made to freeze is some rich and hearty broths. They are perfect for making quick and tasty sauces, gravy or soup.
There is a trick that is learned early in life, from a friend that made absolutely delicious soup. The broth was always so rich and flavorful, I finally asked her how she managed to get such depth of flavor in the body of her soups. She told me to come over the next Saturday and she would show me how to make broth that would knock anyone's socks off.
When I arrived at her house, she had a bowl of chicken bones and a bowl of chopped vegetables on her counter and two stock pots of water on the stove. She told me to have
a seat at the kitchen table and we would get started. She sat down on the table and said:
A herb sachet is a cheesecloth sac that is made by hand that is filled with herbs and spices, and tied shut with butcher's twine. It has a long tail with a slip knot on the end of the twine. You simply make your stock, broth, soup, sauce or anything else you want to infuse extra flavor in and then you drop in the sachet and fasten the slip knot to the pot handle for easy removal. As your broth or sauce simmers, the flavors in the sachet are
disseminated throughout, adding layers of flavor that make it really exceptional.
You don't have to use fresh herbs if you don't have any. It works just as well to use dried parsley, thyme bay leaves and a pinch of garlic powder. Dried red pepper flakes will give you a nice bite, if you want to be zesty!
If you make your sachets with dried herbs, you can put them together in advance and keep them in a mason jar. They also make a great gift to give to the person that has everything, just make them up and seal them in a mason jar. Decorate the jar and you have a personal and thoughtful gift for anyone.
Next time I will share with you my recipes for broth to put your sachets in.
Have a great weekend!