Saturday, September 23, 2006

Simmer Potpourri

Simmer potpourri is a great way to fill your home with the wonderful scents of the Fall and the Holidays. Special potpourri simmer pots are sold, but you don't need one, all you need is a regular kitchen cooking pot. Just fill it with 1 quart of water and you can choose from an array of wonderful dried herbs, spices, and fruits to mix together and add to your pot. Simmer the mixture on your stove top for several hours and the pleasant aroma will waft through your home. As the potpourri simmers, add more water as needed. Simmer potpourri is also a great way to make your kitchen smell nice after you cook foods with particularly heavy unpleasant odors such as fish or garlic.

You can make great fragrant combinations according to your liking. Below are some examples of what you can add to your simmer pot.

-Orange slices

-Apple slices

-Lemon slices

-Lime slices

-Citrus peel


-Cinnamon Sticks



-Bay leaves



-Lemon verbena


-Rose petals

-Pine needles

-Star anise