This apple cider stovetop potpourri fills your home with the delightful scents of fall and the holidays! Crisp apple slices are simmered with warm fall spices like allspice, cinnamon sticks, cloves, and nutmeg, then sweetened with a splash of vanilla extract.
Fall time is my favorite season. It means my and my sisters' birthdays are right around the corner and that the cooler weather is here. The crisp mornings and less hot days are a nice change from the scorching hot summer days I experienced my whole life in Texas and even now in Kansas. (Who knew that Kansas was almost as hot in the summer as Texas?).
Anyways as the days are getting shorter and cooler, we are spending more and more time inside. Naturally, we all want something to make our homes smell nice and to feel cozy.
Instead of reaching for fall-scented candles to make your home smell good, this homemade stovetop potpourri is a healthier alternative to paraffin-filled candles and artificial air fresheners.
Using quality organic, whole, and natural ingredients you can easily and naturally freshen your home with everyday ingredients you probably already have in your fridge and spice cabinet.
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What you need to make this Fall Homemade Stovetop Potpourri
Sliced apples - Use 2 crisp apples like gala, pink lady, or honey crisp.
Star anise - Has a beautiful star shape and a very strong licorice kinda minty smell. I used 1 but you could use 2 if you like! Star anise and anise aren't the same things. It should have a star shape.
Cinnamon sticks - I used 4 whole cinnamon sticks so this simmering pot really has that apple cider cinnamony smell.
Vanilla extract - ¼ teaspoon gives this fall blend a heavenly smell!
How to Make This Homemade Apple Cider Stovetop Potpourri:
Step one: Add the ingredients into a medium-sized pot.
Step two: Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer.
Step three: Enjoy the heavenly scent of apple cider!
Frequently Asked Questions —-
How do you make your house smell good with apples?
You can make a simmering pot with sliced apples then add your favorite fall aromatics like cinnamon sticks, cloves, a splash of vanilla extract, and allspice.
What to boil to make your house smell like fall?
Apples, oranges, cinnamon sticks, allspice, cloves, nutmeg, and vanilla extract all help to make your home smell like fall!
How long do simmering pots last?
They can last several hours when topped up with extra water every hour or so. You can also store the simmering pot in the refrigerator and then boil it the next day. You can repeat this process for as long as the fruit and spices are still good and are providing a nice scent.
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This apple cider stovetop potpourri fills your home with delightful scents of the fall and holidays! Crisp apple slices are simmering with warm fall spices like allspice, cinnamon sticks, cloves, nutmeg, and a splash of vanilla extract.
- 2 apples, sliced
- 1 star anise
- 10 whole cloves
- 3 whole allspice
- 4 cinnamon sticks
- 1 - 2 pinches of ground nutmeg
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 6 cups filtered water
- Add everything to a large pot. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer.
- Add water to the pot as needed every hour or so.
Keep an eye on the simmering pot, adding ½ cup of water as needed so as to not cause a safety hazard.
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