A few years ago, a friend gave me a stovetop potpourri, and my mind was blown. With only a few ingredients and a pot of boiling water, I was transported to happy holiday memories as my home filled with the smell of citrus and warm spices. It’s an inexpensive and thoughtful gift to give friends and neighbors. Now I make it a point every year to make a few bags to give as small gifts or favors for friends who stop by the house.
The great thing about stovetop potpourri is that you can leave it boiling for hours, although it is important to check on water levels. To keep it going for longer (and for a stronger smell), stick it in the slow cooker covered and on high.
What You Need
Stovetop Potpourri Ingredients:
- Slice or quarter your orange
- Place all ingredients in a saucepan with 4-6 cups of water
- Let simmer on low heat
I think oranges are one of the best citruses to include, but lemons and grapefruits are also great alternatives. In addition, feel free to add extras like star anise, grated nutmeg, vanilla extract, dried apples, or sage leaves, for a slightly different scent.
Gift Bag Supplies:
If you want to gift stovetop potpourri to friends or family this year, you only need a few extra supplies. I love to use the large cellophane treat bags to package everything in, then tie with a ribbon, and add a cute tag. It’s easier to add the tag to the ribbon if you hole punch a hole in the corner first!
I recommend making these only a few days before giving them out, though if you store them in the fridge they will last a few days longer.
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