The recipes below are just guidelines, you can use different amounts and mix up ingredients as you like. Experiment to find your favorite smells.
Save: orange, lemon and lime peels, apple skins (dry them out first before storing in a container)
Frugal idea: For apple juice, cranberry juice, herbs and spices that are outdated, don’’t throw out––just add to your simmering pot. You can refrigerate your simmering recipe and reuse daily for up to one week. Just keep adding water as needed.
Directions: Fill a saucepan with water and bring to a boil. Add the ingredients from your favorite recipe, boil for a few minutes, then turn the heat down to simmer all day. Top up water as needed.
Caution: Set your timer for 30 minutes so you remember to top up with water. You don’’t want the pot burning dry. Do not leave the house with this left heating on the stove.
Simmering Pot Potpourri Recipes
Recipe #1 -Cinnamon sticks Apple peels Orange rinds Whole cloves
Recipe #2 - Apple juice Cinnamon sticksWhole cloves
Recipe #3 Vanilla (a few drops)Orange peels
Recipe #4 - Christmas Potpourri Simmering Pot 3 sprigs evergreen or handful pine needles 2 cinnamon sticks 2 TBS whole cloves 2 bay leaves 2 pieces orange rind 2 pieces lemon rind
Recipe #5 - 2 TBS whole cloves 2 cinnamon sticks5 star anise1 orange peel
Recipe #6 - Whole cloves1 tsp nutmeg
Recipe #7 - Peel from a whole orange Whole cloves2 Cinnamon sticks
Recipe #8 - 5 bay leaves 1 TBS whole cloves 2 sticks cinnamon
Recipe #9 - Peel from 1 lemon Peel from 1 orange 2 bay leaves 3 cinnamon sticks 2 TBS whole cloves
Recipe #10 - 1/8 cup cloves 1/8 cup allspice 2 cinnamon sticks
Recipe #11 - 6 whole cloves1 cinnamon stick 1 tsp vanilla
Recipe #12 - 1 cup dried lavender1 tsp anise 1 TBS nutmeg 1 TBS whole cloves1 Cinnamon stick
Recipe #13 - 2 sticks cinnamon Peel from one lemon Fresh rosemary Whole cloves
For the Oven: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Take a piece of tinfoil (a few inches wide), pour a teaspoon of vanilla on top and place the foil in the oven. Turn off oven and prop the door open a bit. Fill a loaf pan with water and your favorite recipe from above. Set in oven on high heat until it starts filling your home with lovely smells. Turn off oven, then prop the door open.
A crock of simmering potpourri spices
Put this mixture into an earthenware or painted crock. 1/3 cup simmered in a saucepan of water will scent the house with the deliciously spicy aromas associated with the holidays 4 oranges 4 tangerines 4 lemons 24 3 inch cinnamon sticks broken into 1 inch lengths1/4 cup whole cloves 1/4 cup juniper berries 2 tsp nutmeg Remove the peeling from the fruits with a vegetable peeler and place on a baking sheet. Place the baking sheet in a 200F oven for 10 minutes, then turn off and leave overnight. (in a turned off gas oven overnight or until dried). Combine all the ingredients in an airtight container. Makes about 1 1/2 cups .An Edible Christmas 1992 Irena Chalmers
Gift Pot Pourri - 1 jar5 min 5 min prep 2 to 4 Tbsp. Whole cloves (or leave them out if you wish) 2 to 4 cinnamon sticks 4 bay leaves1/2 orange, sliced 1/2 lemon, sliced Add orange and lemon slices to dry mixture of spices. Put in a small sauce pan with 4 cups of water. Simmer on low to release the fragrance.