This morning, Jane over at Hard Work Homestead did a post about a luscious sounding potpourri she made with the leftover peels from a bounty of oranges someone had given her.
Her potpourri reminded me that it's the season to start using a potpourri that I make every year.
Here's the recipe I follow in making mine.
2 cups dried apples, cut in pieces
2 cups fresh cranberries, halved
10 - 6" cinnamon sticks, broken
4 whole nutmegs, smashed with a hammer
1/2 cup whole cloves
1/2 cup whole allspice
Allow apples and cranberries to air dry for several days. (I do this by spreading them in a 9 x 13" open pan and stirring a couple of times each day. You could also do it in a food dehydrator.)
When cranberries are dried, mix all ingredients together and store in an air-tight jar.
To simmer the potpourri, place 1/4 cup mixture and one cup water in a small saucepan.
Place the pan over a low heat and simmer for several hours, enjoying the delightful aroma. Add more water as needed.
This recipe makes about one quart of potpourri. Eight-ounce jars of it along with instructions make a nice little gift.
I simmer ours on the wood stove. (It would be nice if I could come up with a more attractive container, wouldn't it?) It works just as well over a very low heat on any cooking range.
This concoction gives off a wonderful aroma. Often when people walk in they think it's something yummy baking in the oven. Ooops. Maybe not so nice to whet their appetites then not have something to serve them!
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