Homemade Stove Top Potpourri
Do you love the smell of cinnamon, clove, and orange as much as I do? Back in the day I use to buy candles that smelled like pomander (my fav scent) but with 3 kids and a dog I just do not trust an open flame. Then, there are tart warmers that my son loves to dip his fingers into-another thing I cannot easily enjoy around here. That is why I have been turning to Homemade Stove Top Potpourri.
Since I have been making a ton of holiday-inspired recipes I have a bunch of cinnamon sticks, cloves, anise stars, and tangerines galore. My mom use to swear by potpourri when I was a kid, but after the fire she stopped using the tea light version and switched to stove top potpourri.
The beautiful thing about stovetop potpourri is that you keep it on the lowest of low on the stove and it will gently simmer. You cannot leave it on all day because it may dry up and that could spell disaster. I do suggest only using this method while you are home and can supervise it. I have an electric stove myself so I put mine on the lowest setting.
Here is how I make my Homemade Stove Top Potpourri:
- 3 cups of water
- 2-3 cinnamon sticks
- 2 anise stars *optional
- 1/2 cup cranberries
- All spice balls (2) *optional
- 1 tsp whole cloves
- 1-2 tangerine peels
- 1 apple chopped up- can probably use a core or peels from a snack?
Add all ingredients to a heavy-duty sauce pan to simmer. Only simmer for up to 4 hours -you can add more water if needed.
I like making homemade potpourri because it is another way to reuse citrus fruit scraps that may have otherwise just gone in the trash. You will find this Homemade Stove Top Potpourri will fill your home with the spices of the season. If you are lucky enough to have a fresh pine tree in your yard you can even switch it up and add a few small snips of fresh pine in lieu of the tangerine scraps, and apple.
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