Christmas Simmering Potpourri Recipe

6 Materials
$10
15 Minutes
Easy

Learn how to make simmering potpourri recipe for Christmas. This makes your home smell like Christmas naturally with fruits, herbs, and spices.

You can use this simmering potpourri on the stove, in a slow cooker, or in an Instant Pot with the warm setting. I used fresh fruit and rosemary. You can also use dried fruit and herbs and give as a gift so it's shelf stable. I have a free printable tag on my Christmas Simmer Pot Recipe post that you can print to add to a jar. It has the directions on it for the recipient to use.

To make 2 quart jars of simmering potpourri, you will need:


  • 1 orange
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 cup cranberries
  • 2 tablespoons whole cloves
  • 2 tablespoons ground ginger
  • 1 tablespoon ground nutmeg
  • 5 cinnamon sticks
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 3 sprigs rosemary
  • 4 cups water
  • 4 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 1-2 drops essential oils (optional)


First cut the fruit into 1/4 inch slices. Then divide the fruit between the two jars and divide the herbs and spices as well.

Then add the contents of the jar, 2 cups of water, and 2 tablespoons of vanilla extract to a saucepan, slow cooker, or Instant Pot. Cook on low (or the warm setting on the pressure cooker) to just simmer the potpourri. Let simmer for several hours. You can add 1-2 drops of essential oils as desired.

Let the potpourri cool and place it back in the jar. You can reuse it up to 4 days.

If you are giving this as a gift, only use dried fruit. You can omit the cranberries and add more dried orange and lemon slices. If you use fresh fruit, store in the fridge for up to 4 days.

Suggested materials:

  • Orange
  • Lemon
  • Ginger
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