Recipe for Simmering Potpourri for Fall

4 Materials
$10
15 Minutes
Easy

Make your home smell amazing this fall with a simmering potpourri. This has fresh fruit slices and dried spices, but you can also use dried fruit to store it in a jar for gift giving.

You can simmer this potpourri in an Instant Pot, slow cooker, or on the stove. I have directions for all three methods below.


I have this shown in a jar with fresh fruit. Note that you can store it with water and/or fresh fruit in the fridge to reuse up to 4 days. However, if you want to store it for gift giving or to use later, then only use dried fruit and do not add water until you are ready to use it.

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


  • 2 apples
  • 2 oranges
  • 2 tablespoons of whole cloves
  • 1 tablespoon of ground nutmeg
  • 8 sticks of cinnamon

You can also add essential oils for stronger scent. I have some good oils to dry in my recipe for simmering potpourri.

Instant Pot Potpourri Directions

  1. Slice the apples and oranges into 1/4 inch slices. Place 1 apple sliced, 1 orange sliced, 4 cinnamon sticks, and 1 tablespoon cloves to each 32 ounce mason jar.
  2. For Instant Pot potpourri, add the contents of one jar to the Instant Pot and add 2 cups of water and 2 tablespoons of vanilla extract. Turn it on to saute and bring to a boil. Then set the Instant Pot to warm and enjoy the homemade fall potpourri.

Crock Pot Potpourri Directions

  1. Slice the apples and oranges into 1/4 inch slices. Place 1 apple sliced, 1 orange sliced, 4 cinnamon sticks, and 1 tablespoon cloves to each 32 ounce mason jar.
  2. To make Crock Pot potpourri, add the contents of one jar to the slow cooker. Add 2 cups of water and 2 tablespoons of vanilla and turn the slow cooker on high. Leave the lid off and cook. You can reduce the heat to low if needed.

Fall Stovetop Potpourri Directions

  1. Slice the apples and oranges into 1/4 inch slices. Place 1 apple sliced, 1 orange sliced, 4 cinnamon sticks, and 1 tablespoon cloves to each 32 ounce mason jar.
  2. To make this homemade fall potpourri on the stove, place the contents of one jar, 2 cups of water, and 2 tablespoons of vanilla extract in a large saucepan. Heat over high heat until boiling. Then reduce the heat and let it simmer.


You can store leftover wet potpourri in a quart mason jar and reuse it for up to 4 days.


Once it has water in it or you use fresh fruit, it must be refrigerated when not in use.

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  • Neelie Neelie on Sep 28, 2021

    This is a great idea! I wonder if you could use sure gel to solidify it. Then use wicks and pour it in a jar to use as a candle.

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