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{Coastal Christmas - Day 17} 13 Simmering Potpourri Recipe Ideas

Making your own simmering potpourri recipes is cost-effective and will have your home smelling warm and cozy for the Holidays. I've been doing this for many years and its a great way to use up orange and apple peels as well as outdated juices. Just fill a pot with water, add your favorite ingredients and simmer all day. This also helps humidify your beachy home a bit.

The recipes are just guidelines, you can use different amounts and mix up ingredients as you like. You can certainly use ground cinnamon if you don't have any cinnamon sticks available. Have fun experimenting!

Tip: Save orange, lemon and lime peels, apple skins (dry them out first before storing in a container) for your homemade potpourri.

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 off water as needed.

Caution: Set your timer for 60 minutes so you remember to top off with water. You don’t want the pot burning dry. Do not leave the house with this left heating on the stove.

Simmering Pot Recipes

Recipe #1
Cinnamon sticks
Apple peels
Orange rinds
Whole cloves

Recipe #2
Apple juice
Cinnamon sticks
Whole 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 sticks
5 star anise
1 orange peel

Recipe #6
Whole cloves
1 tsp nutmeg

Recipe #7
Peel from a whole orange
Whole cloves
2 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 cloves
1 cinnamon stick
1 tsp vanilla

Recipe #12
1 cup dried lavender
1 tsp anise
1 TBS nutmeg
1 TBS whole cloves
1 Cinnamon stick

Recipe #13
2 sticks cinnamon
Peel from one lemon
Fresh rosemary
Whole cloves

Recipe 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.


Storage: You can refrigerate your simmering recipe and reuse daily for up to one week. Just keep adding water as needed.

Frugal Idea: For apple juice, cranberry juice, herbs and spices that are outdated, don’t throw out–just add to your simmering pot.

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  1. This is so fun and festive. Very comprehensive, too.

  2. If you are showing your home (to sell), start a simmering potpourri going an hour or so before the open house/viewing starts. People love houses that smell like something is baking in the oven, especially if the aroma reminds them of their childhood home. Apple Pie is the most popular scent! Thanks for the recipes!

  3. I like to make my holiday potpourris whimsical and unique. Sometimes I start with cinnamon and then a little bit of rose petals, bay leaves, thyme and a bit of nutmeg. I then let it all simmer for about 75 minutes on very low heat. Just before guest arrive, I add a "floater" to the bowl as a conversational centerpiece. People always comment on the strong but aromatic smells wafting throughout the room. It never fails to be the center of attention and neighborhood chatter for weeks on end.


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