Cranberry & Cinnamon Stove Top Potpourri

December 12, 2013

My best frenemy in the whole wide world is candles. The allure of warmth, scent, and coziness draws me in, but the pain of their pricey-ness is a harsh reality. I’m also typically less than impressed with their potency too. To get your whole house to smell good daily, you’d need the GDP of a small country. Dear candles, I want to love you. I really do. I just can’t make it work. It’s not me; it’s you.

This is why I go for simmering stove top potpourris. They get several rooms (for us, the whole apartment) in one sweep and are made with simple, inexpensive grocery store items. This cranberry & cinnamon one has been my favorite for Christmas time.

CRANBERRY & CINNAMON STOVE TOP POTPOURRI from Rachel Schultz-7

CRANBERRY & CINNAMON STOVE TOP POTPOURRI

2 oranges, sliced
3 cinnamon sticks
1 cup cranberries
3 teaspoons ground clove
2 teaspoons nutmeg
2 sprigs rosemary

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Place ingredients into pot and fill with water to about 1 inch below brim and simmer. Mine lasted about 3 days.

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CRANBERRY & CINNAMON STOVE TOP POTPOURRI
 
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Ingredients
  • 2 oranges, sliced
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 cup cranberries
  • 3 teaspoons ground clove
  • 2 teaspoons nutmeg
  • 2 sprigs rosemary
Instructions
  1. Place ingredients into pot and fill with water to about 1 inch below brim and simmer. Mine lasted about 3 days.

Adapted from One Good Thing.

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Comments

  • So making this for our pre-Christmas family get tother tomorrow! Thanks for the recipe, can’t wait to try it! :)

  • Lisa

    Love this !!!!my hubby says it smells like a ham cooking to him.

    • Rachel Schultz

      So fun! Haha.

  • Elizabeth

    Omg it’s amazing! Made my whole house smell like eggnog! I love it!

  • tina

    Anybody try this on top of a wood burning stove after you get it simmering

  • These are all of my favorite scents, can’t wait to try this!

  • Sandi Williams

    This is a great idea. I have put a pot on to simmer. The aroma is overtaking the O’de Doge’. Thank you. Now, what is the spring concoction?

  • Amanda

    Have you tried this in a crockpot? I’m wanting to do it leading up to and the day of Thanksgiving, but don’t want it on the stove top with everything else cooking… I may try to modify it if you don’t have any suggestions.

    • Rachel Schultz

      I am not sure. Please let me know how it goes for you!

  • Erin

    P.S. ADD SUGAR!!! about a cup!!!

  • Erin

    I have done this recipe at the holidays for years and YES- we drink it!!
    Put your fresh cranberries in a pan filled with water. Place the lid on top and boil until all cranberries have exploded! Now add:
    cinnamon sticks, whole cloves, orange and lemon slices. Let steep all day if you’d like! Before drinking, strain out everything but the cinnamon sticks. We drink it ver ice or HOT, like tea!!! Delicious!!!

  • Monica B.

    This smells soon good .It’s gotten me in the holiday mood.

  • Sorry, but I didn´t get your description. You say you simmer the stuff, all right. But for how long? Surely not for three days without ceasing? Aside from the energy waste the liquid would be vanished after a day, I guess?

    • Rachel Schultz

      Yes, we simmer for three days, turning it off at night and refilling the water as needed.

  • Erica

    This is such a good idea ! I love candles myself and am always looking for a homemade idea! After you make this what can you do with it? Do you put it in a jar to keep the smell alive ??

    • Rachel Schultz

      I’m not aware of anything. We usually just pitch it

  • Jaclyn

    Can you do anything with this when it’s done acting as potpourri? Sounds like it’d taste as delicious as it smells.

    • Rachel Schultz

      Not that I know of! It gets pretty mushy near the end.

  • YES! I too, love candles. I was actually never allowed to burn them before I got married because my mom was afraid of our house burning down & hated all scents/perfumes. A good deal of my wedding registry was candles ;) I’m definitely going to give this a go.

  • Rachel Schultz

    Rosemary. Thanks, I updated the ingredients.

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