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Thursday, December 9, 2010

12 Homemade Simmer Pot/Stove Potpourri Recipes...Would make great gift too!

I love love love things that make my house smell well.....yummy! These recipes are wonderful for just that! I love to just throw the ingredients into a small saucepan on the stove and let them just barely simmer.  (not to be left unattended) This also makes a great neighbor gift! Just deliver the ingredients to a friend with the instructions in a cute embellished  bag and TA DA! Cheap, yet wonderful gift!! (plus makes a great humidifier too!)

My Favorite Potpourri Recipe
1 lemon cut in fourths
1 apple cut in fourths
1 orange cut in fourths
2 or 3 cinnamon sticks
Water to cover

Place in a pan and simmer.

Holiday Potpourri
1 Orange
1 Lemon
1 Bay Leaf
1 Cinnamon Stick
1/4 Cup Whole Cloves
1. Cut orange and lemon into pieces.
2. Put all ingredients in a sauce pan and cover with water.
3. Simmer on stove, and add additional water during the day, when needed.

Holiday Spice
2 c. water
1/2 c. sugar
1 c. pineapple juice
1 c. orange juice
1 lemon, sliced
4 cinnamon sticks
1 Tbs. whole cloves

Bring ingredients to a boil and simmer. If liquid gets low, add more water. Liquid can be used over and over again. To reuse, add liquid and simmer. Refrigerate when not using. This will make your house smell like the holidays, all the time.

Apple Cinnamon
1 cinnamon stick
1 apple cut into fourths

Bring ingredients to a boil and simmer. If liquid gets too low, add more water.

Citrus Cinnamon
1 cinnamon stick
1 orange sliced into fourths

Bring ingredients to a boil and simmer. If liquid gets too low, add more water.

Scents of Christmas
1/2 kettle of water
3 tbsp cinnamon
3 tbsp cloves
2 tsp nutmeg
2 tbsp apple pie spice
2 tsp ginger
Place all in a sauce Pan and simmer

Spicy Harvest Simmering Potpourri

This delightfully spicy pumpkin-pie scent will make your house smell like Home.

INGREDIENTS
Enough cider to fill the pot
1 cup canned pumpkin
3 whole cinnamon sticks
1 handful whole cloves
1 apple, cut crosswise into round slices
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
grated fresh nutmeg, as much as you like

Place ingredients in a large pot on the stove or in a crock pot. Bring to a simmer and allow continuing simmering over very low heat, replacing cider or adding water as needed. Be careful not to allow mixture to scorch.

Edible Simmering Potpourri
Apple cider to fill a large soup pot
One apple, cut horizontally to make circular round slices 1/2-inch thick
One orange, cut into round slices 1/2-inch thick
3 whole cinnamon sticks
6 whole cloves
6 whole allspice berries
One 2-inch piece of fresh ginger root, cut into small rounds

Place all ingredients in a large soup pot and bring to a simmer, then reduce and allow to simmer uncovered, adding cider as liquid evaporates.

When guests arrive, ladle out a mug full of the hot cider for each person, and serve with an additional cinnamon stick in each mug.

Spicy Simmering potpourri
* 3 1/2 cups anise star, whole
* 1 3/4 cups allspice, whole
* 1 3/4 cups orange peel
* 1 3/4 cups juniper berries
* 1 3/4 cups nutmeg, whole
* 1 3/4 cups cloves, whole
* 3 1/2 cups cinnamon chips
* 1 3/4 cups lemon peel
* 3 1/2 cups rose hips
* 3 handfuls bay leaves, whole
Use oil fragrances such as French vanilla, old world spice, and vanilla fragrance. This recipe makes 24 cups.

Citrus Simmering potpourri
* 1 cup cinnamon sticks, whole, 1"
* 1 cup orange petals, whole
* 1/4 cup lemon or grapefruit peel
* 1/8 cup allspice, whole
* 3 cups lemon verbena leaves, whole
* 1 cup chrysanthemum flowers, whole
* 1 3/4 cups orange peel, cut and sifted, 1/2" - 3/4"
* 1/8 cup cloves, whole
* 2 cups lemongrass 1/2" cut
For oil use 1/8 ounce lemon essential oil, 1/2 ounce sweet orange essential oil, 1/8 ounce tangerine essential oil, and 1/8 ounce cinnamon bark essential oil. This recipe makes 12 1/2 cups.

Floral Simmering potpourri
* 1 cup rosebuds and petals, pink
* 1 cup rosebuds and petals, red
* 1 cup Balm of Gilead buds, whole
* 1 1/2 cups orange peel, cut and sifter, 1/2" - 3/4"
* 16 nutmegs, whole, cracked with a hammer
* 1 cup oak moss
* 1/4 cup allspice, whole
* 2 cups cinnamon chips
* 1 vanilla bean, cut into small pieces
* 1/4 cup fenugreek seeds, whole
* 1/4 cup cloves, whole

Use 3/4 ounce of your favorite floral fragrance oil. This recipe makes 8 1/2 cups.

Fruity Simmering potpourri
* 1 1/2 cups orange peels, cut and sifted, 1/2" - 3/4"
* 1 cup anise star, whole
* 1/4 cup cardamom pods
* 2 cups cinnamon chips
* 1 cup apple pieces
* 1/2 cup mace, whole
* 1/4 cup allspice, whole
* 1/4 cup cloves, whole
For oil, use 1/2 ounce apple fragrance, 1/8 ounce cinnamon bark essential oil OR use 3/4 ounce spicy apple fragrance. This recipe makes 6 3/4 cups.


















23 comments:

  1. HOLY CRAP! I think this is probably one of my favorite posts you have ever done! No more house that smells like dirty butt!

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  2. Do you think these would work in a slow cooker as well?

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    1. I definitely think they would work in the crock pot. Good Call!

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  3. how much water would we use for the apple cinnamon simmer? 2 cups? or enough to cover it?

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    1. Enough to cover..thanks for asking! Have a wonderful day!

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  4. The crockpot company also make a very small version of the crockpot that is for simmering potpourri. I ho=ave one and it is great!! No more messing around with the tealight candles and constantly adding more water like the old hot pots.

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  5. i love coconut and vanilla do you have a recipe for that

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  6. This may be a silly question but how long can you use the potpourri after making it? Not only one time surely?

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    1. I have been able to use it at least 2 or 3 times. Be sure to refrigerate when not simmering so that it wont spoil.

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  7. Rarely, and I mean rarely, do I comment on websites such as these, but I have to say, these recipes are spot on. I made Scents of Christmas over a week ago. It is still in my little crock, and all I do is add boiling water every morning and stir it. I can't believe the strength of the aroma. Thank you very much for sharing these with the social networking community. I'm excited to try a new one, but don't want to waste this one.

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    1. Thank you so much! You made my day! They are fun aren't they? Enjoy!

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    2. I was so impressed I had to share your link on my Facebook page. I hope you don't mind, but I know so many people will enjoy this. Happy Holidays, and thanks for helping me make my home smell fabulous.

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  8. I just prepared your "Favorite Potpourri Recipe." I hope it simmers up & smells as yummy as its ingredients! I love simmering homemade potpourri. Thank you so much for so many recipes :)

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  9. Oooh WOW! I didn't even get my 1st message sent before the awesome aroma of your potpourri recipe had begun to fill my kitchen! Thank you for the yummy ideas! I love a wonderful smelling house :)

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  10. These recipes are wonderful! Thank you so much. Are there any potpourri recipes for spring and summer time?

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  11. If i want to give these at christmas how soon can i make them? Is it necessary to dry out fruit and should i add the water to mason jars? thanks

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  12. Hi Karen! The fruit does not need to be dried. I gave them to my friends and neighbors with the recipe ingredients and instructions to add their own water etc.on a cute card attached to the bag with the fruit and spices. I would deliver them soon after you make them so that the fruit doesn't go bad before it is used. Luckily the entire season can use a yummy smelling house so you can give them anytime and they will work great! Thanks for stopping by! Merry Christmas!

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  13. What a lovely way to scent th whole house. i am off to put some on to simmer. I am lucky enough to have a woodburner so will be adding one of your lovely ideas to a pan to simmer when the fire is lit. Thank you so much for sharing.

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  14. Awesome List! Since I didn't open up the windows even for a crack of fresh air today, and didn't cook either, I was looking for something a little seasonal to brighten up my day. Now I have such an abundant selection to brighten up said day, and more to come! Many thanks for your creativity and effort to set this up for all to enjoy!

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  15. Gracias por esta recetas tan maravillosas para el hogar que dicha haber encontrado este blog Muchos exitos ,Puedo poner todos estos ingredientes en una olla conectada a la luz

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