• {Coastal Christmas} A Fragrant Home ~ Simmering Pot Recipes

    Posted on December 15, 2009 by in Coastal Christmas

    Making your own simmering pot recipes is cost-effective and will have your home smelling warm and cozy in no time. I’ve been doing this for years and its a great way to use up orange and apple peels as well as outdated juices.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 the 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!

    Save: Orange, lemon and lime peels, apple skins (dry them out first before storing in a container).

    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 up water as needed.

    Caution: Set your timer for 30 minutes so you remember to top up 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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