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Fall Simmering Potpourri Recipe (Crock Pot, Instant Pot, Stove Top)

04 October

How to make a natural simmering potpourri.  This recipe for simmering potpourri can be used in a Crock Pot slow cooker, on the stove top, or in an Instant Pot.  It's a natural way to make your home smell like fall without using candles or a diffuser.





We all want our homes to smell good, especially if we have company over.  I switched from candles and wax melts to natural air fresheners several years ago.


Now I use an essential oil diffuser and homemade candles with essential oils in my home.  I also like making homemade fall potpourri to make my home smell good naturally.


This recipe for simmering potpourri is easy to make, and you can make simmering potpourri recipe gift in a jar to give to friends if you use dried fruits.


Recipe for Simmering Potpourri


This natural simmering potpourri is easy to make, and you can use a Crock Pot slow cooker, stove top, or Instant Pot potpourri.


I used my Instant Pot, but I'll have directions for each method below.


For more ways to naturally scent your home, check out these posts:


  


What Do You Put in Simmering Potpourri?


You can add several things to fall stovetop potpourri recipes.  You can use the following:



You can customize this natural simmering potpourri for your tastes and what you have on hand.  Just use the same amount of each type of ingredient.


One thing to note is that if are giving homemade simmering potpourri gifts, then you will want to use dried fruits and spices.  


Can You Simmer Any Potpourri?


Technically, yes, you can simmer any potpourri.  However, I recommend making sure your potpourri is natural and hasn't been treated with any chemicals or has fragrance oils added.


The fragrance oils and any chemicals that might be added may not be safe for heating.  It could cause respiratory problems.


If you want to buy dried potpourri that can be used in a dish and for a Crock Pot potpourri, then buy potpourri that's made for simmering.





Do You Add Water to Potpourri?


Generally, you do not add water to potpourri.  It sits in a bowl and looks pretty and smells pretty.


However, you will add water for fall stovetop potpourri.  It prevents the fruit and spices from burning while you simmer.


How Do You Make Potpourri Smell Stronger?


If you want a strong scent from your fall potpourri recipes, then I recommend adding a few drops of essential oils.  Add 1-2 drops of your favorite essential oil or blend to your Crock Pot potpourri.


I recommend one of the following essential oils:



Or try one of the best fall essential oil blends.  You can also make a pumpkin spice essential oil blend or apple pie spice essential oil blend.


Can I Use a Crock Pot for Potpourri?


Yes, you can make Crock Pot potpourri.  You can also make this natural simmering potpourri on the stove or in an Instant Pot.  


The fruits and spices are the same for each method.  It's personal preference which one you make and use for your fall potpourri recipes.





How Do You Use Potpourri in a Crock Pot?


You will cut the fruits and add dried spices.  Then place in a Crock Pot, Instant Pot, or large pan on the stove top.


Then add water and essential oil, if desired, and simmer.  You don't need to boil your Crock Pot potpourri; just have it warm enough to gently release the scent.


How Long Does Simmering Potpourri Last?


This Crock Pot potpourri will last about 4 days.  I let it simmer for a few hours then turn off the heat so it can cool.


Then place in an airtight container or quart mason jar and place in the fridge.  Reheat when you want to use your fall stovetop potpourri and repeat until it loses its scent.


How to Make Homemade Simmering Potpourri Gifts


Fall potpourri recipes make great gifts, and this can also be used for Christmas.  If you want to make a simmering potpourri recipe gift or premake your own, then you have to use dried fruits and spices.


Use dried apples and dried oranges instead of fresh.  


Crock Pot Potpourri Ingredients


For two 32 ounce jars of natural simmering potpourri, you will need:


  

Fall Stovetop Potpourri Directions


Slice the apples and oranges into 1/4 inch slices.  Place 1 apple sliced, 1 orange sliced, 4 cinnamon sticks, and 1 tablespoon cloves to each 32 ounce mason jar.  





Instant Pot Potpourri Directions


For Instant Pot potpourri, add the contents of one jar to the Instant Pot and add 2 cups of water and 2 tablespoons of vanilla extract.  Turn it on to saute and bring to a boil.  Then set the Instant Pot to warm and enjoy the homemade fall potpourri.




Crock Pot Potpourri Directions


To make Crock Pot potpourri, add the contents of one jar to the slow cooker.  Add 2 cups of water and 2 tablespoons of vanilla and turn the slow cooker on high.  Leave the lid off and cook.  You can reduce the heat to low if needed.  





Fall Stovetop Potpourri Directions


To make this homemade fall potpourri on the stove, place the contents of one jar, 2 cups of water, and 2 tablespoons of vanilla extract in a large saucepan.  Heat over high heat until boiling.  Then reduce the heat and let it simmer.  


For all natural simmering potpourri, add more water as needed.  Don't let it run dry because that can cause the homemade fall potpourri burn or scorch.  


If you are making a simmering potpourri gift, use only dried fruits and spices.  Package just the dried items in a jar for gifting.  Do not add the water or the vanilla extract.  


After you add water, you will have to store this recipe for simmering potpourri in the fridge.  You can reuse it up to 4 days.  


This recipe for simmering potpourri was originally posted at Everything Pretty.


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potpourri, crock pot, instant pot, stove top
Yield: 2 jars
Author: Cari @ Koti Beth
Estimated cost: $10

Fall Simmering Potpourri Recipe

prep time: 5 Mperform time: 15 Mtotal time: 20 M
How to make fall simmering potpourri recipe for stove top, Crock Pot, or Instant Pot.

materials:

  • 2 apples
  • 2 oranges
  • 2 tablespoons of whole cloves
  • 1 tablespoon of ground nutmeg
  • 8 sticks of cinnamon

tools:

  • Knife

steps:

Instant Pot Potpourri Directions
  1. Slice the apples and oranges into 1/4 inch slices. Place 1 apple sliced, 1 orange sliced, 4 cinnamon sticks, and 1 tablespoon cloves to each 32 ounce mason jar.
  2. For Instant Pot potpourri, add the contents of one jar to the Instant Pot and add 2 cups of water and 2 tablespoons of vanilla extract. Turn it on to saute and bring to a boil. Then set the Instant Pot to warm and enjoy the homemade fall potpourri.
Crock Pot Potpourri Directions
  1. Slice the apples and oranges into 1/4 inch slices. Place 1 apple sliced, 1 orange sliced, 4 cinnamon sticks, and 1 tablespoon cloves to each 32 ounce mason jar.
  2. To make Crock Pot potpourri, add the contents of one jar to the slow cooker. Add 2 cups of water and 2 tablespoons of vanilla and turn the slow cooker on high. Leave the lid off and cook. You can reduce the heat to low if needed.
Fall Stovetop Potpourri Directions
  1. Slice the apples and oranges into 1/4 inch slices. Place 1 apple sliced, 1 orange sliced, 4 cinnamon sticks, and 1 tablespoon cloves to each 32 ounce mason jar.
  2. To make this homemade fall potpourri on the stove, place the contents of one jar, 2 cups of water, and 2 tablespoons of vanilla extract in a large saucepan. Heat over high heat until boiling. Then reduce the heat and let it simmer.

NOTES:

Use dried fruits and store fruit and spices for later.  Do not add water until ready to use.  Store leftovers in the fridge and reuse 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.

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