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Make your home smell like the holidays with stove-top Christmas Potpourri. Fresh cranberries, oranges, cinnamon, and cloves, combine to create an aroma that will have your house smelling warm and inviting.
Fill your home with the delicious scents of the holidays by combining citrus, cranberries, and warm spices. Christmas Potpourri is almost like bottling up the Christmas smell in just 5 minutes.
In addition to getting your own home ready for the holidays, homemade Christmas Potpourri makes a fantastic non-food holiday gift idea for friends, neighbors, or teachers. Simply gather the ingredients, place them in a jar, and attach a note with the easy-to-follow instructions.
Christmas Potpourri can be on the stovetop or in the slow cooker. Start a batch before welcoming holiday guests or for a festive get-together. Soon, the simmering smells will have your home feeling cozy and inviting.
Christmas Potpourri Ingredients
- Cranberries – fresh cranberries
- Orange – sliced
- Cinnamon – cinnamon sticks, crushed into large pieces
- Cloves – whole cloves
- Apple pie spice
- Rosemary – fresh rosemary
Christmas potpourri is a flexible recipe, where you can use a variety of citrus options or try a different spice blend. Try mixing in a bit of freshly grated nutmeg, some allspice, or a splash of vanilla for a slightly different scent.
Apple slices, either dried or fresh, can be added to the pot and simmered with the other potpourri ingredients. If you can’t find fresh cranberries you can also use frozen cranberries.
The bright colors of the cranberries and orange slices mean this homemade potpourri looks as festive as it smells. Please keep in mind, this is not a drinkable recipe and is to use as a potpourri only. Simmer your potpourri for as long as you’d like, just remember to add more water as needed.
How to Make Christmas Potpourri
FIRST STEP: Slice the orange into thick slices and crush the cinnamon into large pieces.
SECOND STEP: In a large pot over low heat on the stovetop add ingredients. Stir to combine.
THIRD STEP: Let simmer on low for as long as you’d like. Add more water to the pot as the water level drops.
How long does Christmas Potpourri last?
Stovetop potpourri can be simmered for hours. Just keep refilling the water as the water level drops. When you are finished simmering you can allow the potpourri to cool and store it in the refrigerator until you are ready to use it again.
Can I make potpourri in the slow cooker?
Christmas potpourri can be made on the stovetop or in the slow cooker. If making in the slow cooker, cook on low for as long as you’d like, adding more water as needed, similar to the stovetop version.
What else can I add to my potpourri?
Dried or fresh apple slices can be added to the potpourri as well as freshly grated nutmeg some allspice, or a splash of vanilla.
How to Store Christmas Potpourri
IN THE FRIDGE: Christmas potpourri can be stored in the refrigerator after it has cooled completely. Place the potpourri in a container with a lid and place it in the fridge. If you want to dry some of your potpourri ingredients after using them, such as the fruit slices, remove them from the mixture and place them on a baking sheet. Bake at 150 degrees for about 30 minutes.
- 12 ounces fresh cranberries 1.5 cups
- 1 large orange sliced
- 3 cinnamon sticks crushed into large pieces
- ½ tbsp whole cloves
- ¼ tsp apple pie spice
- 3 sprigs fresh rosemary
- 8 cups water
- Slice the orange into thick slices and crush the cinnamon into large pieces.
- In a large pot over low heat on the stovetop add 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.