Our Apple Cinnamon Stovetop Potpourri Mix is for you if you enjoy the scent of apple pie that has just been baked (and who doesn't?). Your entire house will smell like a freshly baked apple pie while this delicious recipe simmers on the stovetop—with only a fraction of the work! Consider doubling or tripling the amount to give with others since this dried mixture also makes a wonderful, affordable, and delightful herbal gift.
For generations, people have used stovetop potpourris, commonly referred to as "simmering spices," to fill their homes with the calming scents of regional fruits, spices, flowers, and herbs. Homemade stovetop potpourri is completely natural and devoid of unpleasant synthetic aromas, unlike the majority of store-bought candles and incense blends. These fragrant masterpieces also cost little money because they use items you probably already have in your kitchen, such cinnamon and apples.
Before you know it, you'll be experimenting with various combinations, boiling them, and finding your own personal favorite!
To ensure that your blend will be shelf-stable and that you may give it as a gift, this recipe calls for dried components. But, you can spare yourself some work and use fresh apple slices if you intend to cook this mixture yourself right away. One 14-oz glass jar of yield.
two stale apples
1/4 cup dried ginger, 4 star anise (Illicium verum) seeds (Zingiber officinale) rhizome
6 sticks of cinnamon (Cinnamomum spp.
1/3 cup cloves (Syzygium aromaticum) buds \sDirections
dry the apples up
Set the oven's temperature to 225 degrees Fahrenheit.
Slice the apples very thinly while you're waiting for the oven to heat up, and then arrange the slices in a single layer on a baking sheet with parchment paper. (To help stop the apple slices from browning, dip them in a solution of 1 tablespoon vinegar or lemon juice per quart of water, blot dry, and then arrange them on the baking sheet.)
After about an hour, turn the slices over and bake for an additional hour. Depending on the thickness of your apple slices, cooking time will vary, but they are finished when they feel leathery.
(If you have a food dehydrator, use that instead and adhere to the manual's directions.)
When adding apple slices to your potpourri jar, let them cool fully.
making the potpourri blend
Presentation is essential because these are meant to be presents! It is ideal to arrange the components in your jar in a visually appealing manner. The largest items are the apple slices and cinnamon sticks, and you may fill in the empty spaces with other ingredients.
Add a dried apple slice to some twine or beautiful ribbon and tie it around the jar's exterior for a special finishing touch.
To use, place the entire mixture in a stockpot or crockpot, cover with water, and cook for a few days on and off. When the aroma overwhelms you or you think your home already smells wonderful enough, turn off the heat. Restart the heat for a new infusion once a few hours have elapsed and the scent has subsided. This mixture needs to be kept in the refrigerator overnight and will keep for 3–4 days.
Once you've gotten as much of the smell out as you can, compost your used herbs and spices and give your houseplants an apple pie flavor with any leftover water.
This Apple Cinnamon Stovetop Potpourri blend makes a lovely gift and is an enjoyable way to fill your house with the festive smell. Also, by using this all-natural mixture, you may stay away from synthetic perfumes' overpowering aroma.