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Fall Simmer Pot Recipe

19 September

Make your home smell amazing with a fall simmer pot recipe.  This simmer pot is easy to make and has spices and fruits that will fill your home with a delightful autumn scent. 

It's 80 degrees outside and we have the air conditioner running, but I'm still moving on to fall.  Fall is my favorite season.  I love the smell of the crisp air and the cooler temperatures.

I also love the scents of fall.  It's when pumpkin, apple, cranberries, and spices like cinnamon and cloves get their time in the spotlight.

I used to burn candles obsessively.  I don't anymore because of asthma, but I miss the scents.  I do make my own wax melts with essential oils, but I also use this fall stove top potpourri recipe sometimes.  

I work from home, so I have plenty of time to make things like this.  Otherwise, it's a great recipe to use when you're expecting company.

Fall Simmer Pot Recipe 

I remember potpourri being a thing when I was a kid, but I haven't seen it much anymore.  I used it make these potpourri with essential oils air fresheners.

Instead of dried potpourri, this fall simmer pot recipe uses dried spices and fresh fruit.  It gives it a fresh scent.  It also eliminates the fake scent that you get from dried potpourri.  

You can customize this based on what you have or what scents you like.  Don't like cranberries?  You can omit them.  You may want to add more of the other fruits to compensate, but it will still smell amazing.


How Do You Use Stove Top Potpourri?

Heat the potpourri until it's just below a simmer.  Lower the heat so it's warm not not boiling or simmer.  Let cook for several hours and enjoy the scent.

Do not leave a simmer pot on the stove if you leave.  Only use this when you will be home all day.

How Long Does Stove Top Potpourri Last?

This fall simmer pot  recipe will last about four days.  Turn on the heat for a few hours when you are at home, then turn it off. 

When it's cool, place it in the fridge.  You can reuse it for up to four days.  Add more water as needed or you can risk burning it.

What Type of Pot Do You Use for a Simmer Pot?

You can use pretty much any size pot.  I like to use a large pan so I have more surface area.  A Dutch oven or heavy pot is best so you don't burn the ingredients and it heats evenly.

Can You Reuse Stove Top Potpourri?

Yes!  When it's cool, put it in the fridge.  Then use it within 4 days.

Can You Store a Stove Top Potpourri Recipe?

This fall simmer pot recipe can not be stored at room temperature for later because it uses fresh fruit.  You will have to put it in the fridge to prevent mold.


What Can I Simmer for a Fall Scent?

I used cranberries, cloves, cinnamon sticks, apples, grapefruit, and lemon.  

You can also add some of the following:

It's personal preference!  Use this fall simmer pot recipe as a guide.  Feel free to customize it.

Can You Add Essential Oils to Stove Top Potpourri?

Yes, you can.  Since you're not applying it topically, you don't have to worry about diluting with a carrier oil.  Use 1-2 drops of essential oils and add more as needed.

Good ones for fall are:

I also like the following essential oil blends for fall:

If you do use essential oils, always make sure that they are safe for kids and any pets that will be in the home.  

How to Use a Slow Cooker as a Simmer Pot

You can also use your slow cooker as a simmer pot.  I like this because it leaves my stove free for cooking.  I also don't have to worry about the kids or cats touching a hot stove.

Just make this in your slow cooker.  Turn it on low and let cook up to 8 hours.  Do not place the lid on the crock pot.

Fall Simmer Pot Recipe



Step #1

Cut fruit and place in a large pot.  Add spices.

Step #2

Cover fruit and spices with water.  Add water until it covers the potpourri by one inch.

Step #3

Turn on the stove.  Bring to a simmer and then reduce the heat slightly.  

Step #4

Let simmer for several hours.  Add more water as needed.  Never leave simmer if you are not home.

Step #5

When you are done, turn off the heat and let cool.  Pour into a container and store in the fridge for up to 4 days.

Looking for more ways to make your home smell good this fall?  

If you're thinking ahead, here are easy ways to make your home smell like Christmas.

This fall stove top potpourri recipe was originally published on Everything Pretty.

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Author: Cari @ Koti Beth
Estimated cost: $10

Fall Simmer Pot Recipe

prep time: 15 Mperform time: 5 hourtotal time: 5 H & 15 M
How to make a fall simmer pot with fall scents.


  • 1 cup cranberries
  • 1 teaspoon whole cloves
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 apple, sliced
  • 1 grapefruit, sliced
  • 1 lemon, sliced


  • knife
  • Dutch oven


  1. Cut fruit and place in a large pot. Add spices.
  2. Cover fruit and spices with water. Add water until it covers the potpourri by one inch.
  3. Turn on the stove. Bring to a simmer and then reduce the heat slightly.
  4. Let simmer for several hours. Add more water as needed. Never leave simmer if you are not home.
  5. When you are done, turn off the heat and let cool. Pour into a container and store in the fridge for up to 4 days.
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Cari Dunn
Cari Dunn

Cari lives on a small farm in Ohio with her husband, three kids, two dogs, two cats, five goats, and several chickens. She loves Gilmore Girls, glitter, coffee, and her kids. But not in that order.