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Stovetop Potpourri

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Homemade stovetop potpourri will fill your home with a lovely blend of citrus and warm spices as it simmers on the stove.
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Table of Contents
  1. Christmas Potpourri Ingredients 
  2. How To Make This Stovetop Potpourri Recipe
  3. How To Serve
  4. Storage 
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Our stovetop potpourri is a DIY recipe that makes for a fun holiday activity or homemade gift and makes your entire home smell heavenly. Using simple ingredients like cinnamon, fresh oranges, and rosemary gives this potpourri an irresistible scent.

Please note, this is not a drinkable recipe and is to be used as potpourri only. 

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Christmas Potpourri Ingredients 

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You’ll need: 

  • 1 large orange, sliced
  • 3 cinnamon sticks, crushed into large pieces
  • 12 ounces fresh cranberries (about 1½ cups) 
  • ½ tablespoon whole cloves 
  • ¼ teaspoon apple pie spice 
  • 3 sprigs of fresh rosemary 
  • 8 cups of water 

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

CRANBERRIES: If you can’t find fresh cranberries, you can use frozen cranberries for this Christmas stovetop potpourri recipe. 

APPLE SLICES: Dried or fresh apple slices can be added to the pot and simmered along with the other fresh ingredients. 

How To Make This Stovetop Potpourri Recipe

OUR RECIPE DEVELOPER SAYS

This recipe can also be made in the slow cooker. Simply cook on low for as long as you’d like, adding water as the level drops.

STEP ONE: Slice the orange into thick slices and crush the cinnamon into large pieces.

slice oranges and crush cinnamon

STEP TWO: Add all of your ingredients to a large pot over low heat on the stovetop. Stir them to combine. 

PRO TIP:

You can bring the potpourri to a boil, but be sure to turn the heat down as soon as it reaches this point. Let simmer for as long as you’d like to release the natural scents of the ingredients. 

ingredients place in a stockpot and stirred

STEP THREE: Let simmer on low for as long as you’d like. Add more fresh water to the pot as the water level drops. 

PRO TIP:

If you wish to dry some of your potpourri ingredients, such as the cranberries, orange slices, or apples (if included), remove them from the mixture and place them on a baking sheet. Bake at 150°F for about 30 minutes. 

How To Serve

This DIY stovetop potpourri will fill your home with a delicious homemade scent. It also makes a great idea for a homemade gift to give to friends and family. Package it in a mason jar tied with a festive ribbon.

Our gingerbread is the ultimate winter recipe, while this candy cane fudge is an easy and delicious way to incorporate Christmas candy into your desserts. 

Storage 

IN THE FRIDGE: When finished simmering, allow the homemade potpourri to cool. Place it in an airtight container and place it in the fridge for up to 3 days. When you want to enjoy it again, pour some of the mixture into a dish and place it in your desired location. Be sure to get some of the fruit and cinnamon into the dish for a beautiful centerpiece. 

IN THE FREEZER: We don’t recommend freezing this potpourri blend. It is best made fresh.

christmas potpourri ingredients

Homemade stovetop potpourri would be a great gift to give this holiday season. Just gather the dry ingredients and type up a note with the instructions, and you have a beautiful gift that will leave the receiver with the wonderful aroma of Christmas!

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How long will the potpourri keep?

Stovetop Christmas potpourri will keep in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Can I freeze this homemade potpourri recipe?

This homemade holiday potpourri would not freeze very well. We recommend making it fresh.

Can I make this easy recipe in the slow cooker?

The potpourri can be simmered on low in your slow cooker rather than on the stovetop. Just add more water as the level drops.

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Stovetop Potpourri

5 from 1 vote
Homemade stovetop potpourri will fill your home with a lovely blend of citrus and warm spices as it simmers on the stove.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients
  

  • 1 large orange, sliced
  • 3 cinnamon sticks, crushed into large pieces
  • 12 ounces fresh cranberries (1½ cups)
  • ½ tablespoon whole cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon apple pie spice
  • 3 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 8 cups water

Instructions
 

  • Slice the orange into thick slices and crush the cinnamon into large pieces.
  • In a large pot over low heat on the stovetop, add all of the ingredients. Stir to combine.
  • Let simmer on low for as long as you’d like. Add more water to the pot as the water level drops.

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Notes

  • Please note, this is not a drinkable recipe and is to be used as potpourri only. 
  • This stovetop potpourri recipe can also be made in the slow cooker. Simply cook on low for as long as you’d like, adding water as the level drops.
  • You can bring the potpourri to a boil, but be sure to turn the heat down as soon as it reaches this point. Let simmer for as long as you’d like to release the scent of the ingredients. 
  • If you wish to dry some of your potpourri ingredients, such as the cranberries, orange slices, or apples (if included), remove them from the mixture and place them on a baking sheet. Bake at 150°F for about 30 minutes. 

Nutrition

Calories: 275kcal | Carbohydrates: 73g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 107mg | Potassium: 667mg | Fiber: 26g | Sugar: 31g | Vitamin A: 618IU | Vitamin C: 143mg | Calcium: 263mg | Iron: 2mg
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  1. Gloria says

    5 stars
    I love this smell – it makes the whole house smell like Christmas! Reminds me of being little at my mom and dad’s house. My mom always did this every year.

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