Q.: While watching a show on a cooking channel they used something called “Kitchen Bouquet.” What is this and what would it do to what you are making?
— Tom Eichler,
A.: Kitchen Bouquet is a browning and seasoning sauce that has been around for more than 100 years.
Because of its caramel color, it is often used to boost the flavor and color of sauces. A capful or two will make anemic gravy look and taste richer. It is also used in marinades.
It is made by the HV Food Products Co. of Oakland, Calif. (HV as in Hidden Valley, the ranch dressing company), which is a division of Clorox. The company describes the sauce as “a concentrated broth of 13 vegetables and herbs that naturally delivers rich flavor.”
Kitchen Bouquet is easy to find in most grocery stores. Look for it in the aisle where you would purchase pre-made gravy or packets of powdered gravy flavoring mixes.