Simmer pots are a natural and organic way to bring fragrance into your home and it can help use leftover produce that you may have lying around.
I love adding layers of fragrance to my home and one of the best ways to do this is by combining complimentary fragrances in different forms. For example, I might have a fall scented candle
burning in the living room and a simmer pot on my stovetop in the kitchen. It creates a rich depth to the atmosphere and is an incredible scent experience for you, your family, and visiting friends.
When I was a little girl growing up in the countryside, my Mom always had a pot filled with fruits, herbs and vanilla simmering on the stove. Picture hot apple cider or warm mulled wine simmering all day. It would fill our home with a delicious gourmand scent and it felt like a big hug.
Fall Simmer Pot Recipe
- 1 apple (sliced)
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 2 slices fresh ginger
- ½ tsp fresh nutmeg (grated)
- ½ tsp whole cloves
- ½ tsp whole star anise
- splash of vanilla extract
- cold water (to fill ¾ of your pot)
Simmer pots work best with juicy fragrant fruits, citrus and spices like cinnamon and cloves but you can experiment with what ingredients you have on hand. For example, if you don't have apples, you could use oranges. Mix and match and try new combinations to find what you like best. If you don't like the smell of a certain ingredient, just skip that one and use what you do like. I change up the ingredients I use based on the season.
- Add cold water to a large pot or Dutch oven, filling it ¾ full, and set it on your stovetop. Add all of the ingredients to the pot and stir. Turn the burner to medium-high and bring the pot to a light boil, watching closely so it does not boil over.
- Once it boils, turn the heat down low and allow it to simmer. Leave the simmer pot simmering to fragrance your home. As it warms, the ingredients will release their essential oils into the air, creating a natural aromatherapy.
- Keep an eye on your simmer pot to ensure the water does not evaporate too much. You can top it up with more water as needed.
- When you want to finish simmering, turn off your burner and set the simmer pot aside on the stovetop. As you leave the pot to cool it will continue to fragrance your home. Once the pot is completely cool, you can save the ingredients for another simmer pot or you can put them in the compost.
I hope you enjoy making this fall simmer pot and bringing a new scent experience to your home!
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