I love the way the holidays smell.
Cinnamon, orange, spice… the combination is nearly intoxicating and I love it!
I remember as a kid, my mom putting dry pieces of potpourri in a container, lighting a candle underneath and then the whole house smelling delicious.
I haven’t seen those bags of potpourri since I was a kid, although I’m sure they still exist and they cost a few bucks that I don’t have spare to spend (like this 12 oz bag for $16.50!!)
What I do have though, are various scraps of our favorite fall foods, and I’ve heard that tossing some of these foods into a pot of water and turning my stove on low would make my house smell good. And you know what? It does!
But to be honest, I’m really not good at remembering to turn off the stove.
Which probably isn’t a good thing for a food blogger…
You see, one of the first things I do after dinner is wipe out the cast iron skillet and stick it on the stove. I turn the heat on low so the skillet dries thoroughly.
And then I finish the dishes, dry my hands and leave the kitchen.
So while the idea of stovetop potpourri sounds nice – and smells nice too – the whole leave-the-burner-on-and-walk-away-thing just isn’t a good fit for me.
But slow cooker potpourri, on the other hand, is a GREAT fit!
Putting everything into a slow cooker, setting it to low and walking away is right up my alley. The low-maintenance and easy factor is just what I need in this season.
For me, coming home to a house that smells good is practically self-indulgent. And it’s a must-do with the holidays just around the corner!
How to Make Slow Cooker Potpourri
- 1 orange
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 1/4 tsp ground cloves
- 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1 cup fresh cranberries
Combine all ingredients in a slow cooker that can hold at least 2 quarts.
Fill the slow cooker with water, covering the ingredients by about 2″. Don’t worry if anything floats to the top; the ingredients will settle as they simmer.
Stir everything together and set the slow cooker on low or warm, uncovered. Add water as needed to ensure the ingredients don’t burn.
Additional Recipe Notes
Using the slow cooker method filled my home with this amazing scent in about an hour. If you want something faster, you can go the stove-top route (but don’t forget to turn it off!).
To Convert this to Stove-top Potpourri, follow the same instructions but place it in a medium-sized pot instead. Turn the burner on as low as you can and enjoy!
This Christmas scent is one of my favorites, but there are other combinations that are just as lovely too. The best part is that by using food scraps or bits and pieces of items you don’t have a use for, you can make your own Slow Cooker Potpourri for free!
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If you’re looking to dehydrate fresh ingredients so you can give them as gifts this season, this dehydrating tutorial will walk you through how to do it!
What holiday scent would you fill your slow cooker with?
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