It’s that time of year when we might hanker for the scent of something warm and spicy emanating from the kitchen. If you don’t have the time or inclination to actually make an apple pie or cinnamon rolls, how about throwing together some simmering potpourri?
Spicy Simmering Potpourri
- 1 oz. can cinnamon sticks, broken into small pieces
- 1 (1.12 oz.) can whole cloves
- 1 (1.25 oz.) can whole allspice
Mix all ingredients in Ziploc bag or airtight container. Place 1 heaping teaspoon to 1/2 cup of water in simmer pot and heat.
Fruity-Fresh Simmering Potpourri
- 1 lemon
- 1 orange
- 3-3 inch cinnamon sticks
- 6 bay leaves
- ½ cup whole cloves
Cut lemon and orange into slices or place in pot or slow cooker or saucepan. Cover with water and then top with a few bay leaves, whole cloves and cinnamon sticks. Cook on low heat. You can refrigerate and reuse any leftovers.
Christmas-y Simmering Potpourri
- 3 cinnamon sticks
- 3 bay leaves
- 1/4 cup whole cloves
- 1 teaspoon ground cloves
- 2 tablespoons dried lemon peel
- 2 tablespoons dried orange peel
- ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
Mix all ingredients and store in Ziploc or airtight container. I’d use 1/3 mixture at a time (making sure I get one cinnamon stick and one bay leaf). Place your potpourri–along with about a quart of water–in a medium saucepan or slow cooker. Simmer on low heat, adding water as needed.
For even more homemade potpourri recipes, check out this website.
Potpourri pic courtesy of Bizzy B’s Candles.
For how long do you simmer?