Stovetop potpourri appears to spread fragrance better than any candle or air freshener can. Making it is easy, too. Get some things that smell great, throw them in a pot, include liquid (typically water), and heat on low. Ahhhhh, big inhale.
My mama utilized to buy containers of mulling spices and rather of combining them with white wine or apple cider, she ‘d just simmer them with water on the stove. I think of her whenever I see or smell mulling spices. I believed I ‘d share a few of my favorite mixes with you. (Side note: raise your hand if this is putting you in the mood for Ree’s Mulled Apple Cider.)
Quantities don’t matter here. As long as you have enough liquid in the pot so that things don’t burn, you’re good to go. If the liquid begins to get low, simply add more. Stovetop potpourri must be warmed just listed below a simmer. Bring it to a simmer, then lower the heat. On that note, do not leave your house with a stovetop potpourri going. They’re perfect for days when you’re hosting a home complete of business or you’re hanging out at home.
You do not even need to make stovetop potpourri on the stovetop. Use your slow cooker. If you go that path, heat with the cover on until warm and steamy, then remove the lid and heat on low. Note: Do not leave your home with the cover off.
Orange, Cranberry, and Clove
This combination is simply a traditional. Here’s an excellent usage for that bag of cranberries you’ve had actually frozen for a year and aren’t sure you want to utilize in baking.
Simply combine cranberries, chopped oranges, and several cloves. Add water and heat.
If you like the fragrance of apples baking in fall, this potpourri is for you. Heat sliced apples with cinnamon sticks, ground or entire cardamom, star anise, and vanilla with a bottle of apple cider.
For the vanilla, I constantly have a sad, dried out vanilla bean spending time and this is the perfect location to utilize it. No vanilla bean? No problem. Add a bit of vanilla extract or leave it out completely.
Rosemary and Lemon
Want a tidy fragrance instead of comfortable? Make your potpourri with lemon slices, rosemary, and a few peppercorns.
It’s a fresh, almost piney fragrance.
This one is my favorite. Is that any surprise? To a pot of water, add a little molasses (no need to include a lot, maybe 1/4 -1/ 2 cup depending on how much water you utilize), sliced fresh ginger, a whole nutmeg that’s been grated a bit, cinnamon sticks, whole cloves, and whole allspice. This smells exactly like
A note on the nutmeg: I utilize newly grated nutmeg in my baking, so I pop one of the pre-owned ones in my potpourri. If you utilize ground nutmeg, just shake a little that in rather.
I like using real ingredients to scent our house. (Don’t get me wrong, I still LOVE a good candle.) There’s just something old-fashioned and cozy about stovetop potpourri. Do you ever make them?
Bridget Edwards likes cookies. She’s been decorating them for over a decade and eating them for as long as she can remember. The author of 2 cookie books, Embellishing Cookies and Decorating Cookies Party, Bridget thinks: 1.) Cookies are made to be consumed, not to be perfect. 2.) Making quite should not need an art degree or an elegant overhead projector. 3.) Your time is better invested EATING cookies with friends and family than slaving over embellishing them. Bridget shares cookies and recipes for all things sweet on her blog site, Bake at 350. She resides in the Lone Star State with her spouse, teenage kid, and two cats.