Winter Simmer Pot Recipe to Add Coziness to Your Home

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Bring warmth, comfort, and coziness to your home with this winter simmer pot recipe made with oranges, cranberries, cinnamon, and fresh rosemary.

Cozy winter stovetop potpourri recipe with oranges, cranberries, cinnamon, and rosemary.
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Just because the holidays are over doesn’t mean that cozy feeling has to fade away along with the festive decorations and twinkling Christmas tree lights.

The winter months are all about embracing the quiet charm of the season and the freedom to create a warm and inviting atmosphere without the bulk of Christmas decorations.

One of the easiest ways (and one of my favorite ways) to begin to add that cozy feeling back to our home post-holidays, is with a pot of stovetop potpourri simmering on the stove.

Imagine this…your curled up on the couch with a good book, a soft blanket draped over your body (maybe a furry friend laying at your feet), snow falling gently outside your window, and a simmer pot filling your home with warm & comforting aromas.

So cozy, right?!

I’ve made a few simmering pots over the years; this spring one is bright & vibrant, the scents of summer will fill your home with these three recipes, and this fall simmer pot is fragrant & spicy.

And as much as I love all of those, I think this recipe might just be the coziest one yet with the delicious scents of oranges, cranberries, cinnamon, and rosemary.

Winter simmer pot recipe to create a cozy home and combat the winter blues.

Let me show you how easy it is to keep the cozy feeling alive in your home even after the holiday decorations are packed up and put away!

What is a simmer pot?

If you’re not familiar with a simmer pot, you may be asking, “What is this?”

Basically a simmer pot (also known as a simmering potpourri or stovetop potpourri) is a natural way to fill your home with inviting scents.

It involves simmering a mixture of aromatic ingredients in water on the stove, allowing their fragrances to fill the air.

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Simmer pots typically consist of a variety of ingredients such as fruits, herbs, and spices.

Common ingredients include citrus fruits like oranges or lemons, aromatic herbs like rosemary or thyme, and spices like cinnamon or cloves.

Now, the beauty of a simmer pot lies in its versatility. You can tailor the ingredients to suit your personal preferences and the atmosphere you want to create.

What ingredients can you add to a winter simmer pot?

The sky is the limit when it comes to the ingredients you can add to a winter simmer pot.

Here are a few ideas:

  • Citrus Fruits: Sliced Oranges, Lemons, or Clementines
  • Herbs: Fresh Rosemary, Thyme, or Sage
  • Fresh Cranberries (Frozen cranberries can be used in a pinch.)
  • Sliced Apples
  • Pomegranate seeds add a burst of color and a hint of sweetness.
  • Fresh pine branches or cedar twigs for a woodsy scent.
  • Eucalyptus leaves for an invigorating note.
  • Bay leaves for a subtle herbal fragrance.

The great thing about a simmer pot is that it allows experimentation.

Mix and match these ingredients based on your preferences and the scents you like the most, there is no right or wrong combination!

Orange and cranberry simmer pot recipe to fill your home with fresh scents.

Note: Don’t let old or expiring produce go to waste, give it a second life in your winter simmer pot! Those slightly wrinkled apples or the herbs on the verge of expiration can still contribute their delightful scents to create a cozy atmosphere. Simply chop or slice the fruits and herbs and toss them into your simmer pot, allowing them to release their remaining fragrances.

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The Ingredients for This Cozy Winter Simmer Pot

These are the ingredients I used to create this winter simmer pot.

There are no measurements, it’s just a little of this and a little of that to create your own unique recipe!

  • Orange Slices: Citrus fruits bring a refreshing and uplifting element to this simmer pot.
  • Whole Fresh Cranberries: Add a burst of color and a hint of tartness to your simmer pot. Packed with antioxidants, these little guys will also bring a touch of winter health to your home.
  • Cinnamon Sticks: This spice is synonymous with coziness. It has mood boosting properties, making it the perfect addition.
  • Fresh Rosemary Sprigs: Adds a woodsy and earthy note just like that of a winter forest.

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The Easy Winter Simmer Pot Recipe

In a medium sized pot, I like to use this dutch oven, combine the sliced oranges, fresh cranberries, cinnamon sticks, and rosemary sprigs.

Fill the pot with about 4 cups of water, covering all of the ingredients.

Place the pot on the stove over medium heat.

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When the pot begins to simmer, turn the heat down to low.

Continue to simmer, uncovered for up to 2 hours.

Replenish water as needed to avoid the stovetop potpourri from drying out.


Tips

  • Keep your simmer pot on low heat to gently release the fragrance. Simmering too vigorously may cause the water to evaporate too quickly.
  • Check the water levels periodically and add more water as needed to prevent the pot from drying out. This will ensure a longer lasting and more consistent aroma.
  • Adjust the quantities of ingredients based on your preferences. If you prefer a stronger scent, add more spices and herbs.
  • You can reuse the ingredients for a second or even a third simmer session. Just add more water and continue enjoying the delightful fragrance.
  • Tailor the simmer pot to your liking by adding or omitting specific ingredients.
  • If you prefer a longer lasting simmer pot, transfer the ingredients to a slow cooker and set it on the lowest heat setting.
  • Always monitor the simmer pot while it’s on the stove, and turn it off when you leave the house.

How long will a simmer pot last?

A simmer pot will last for multiple days.

Allow the pot to fully cool, place lid on the pot, and store in the refrigerator until ready to simmer another time.

Make sure the pot has plenty of water before placing on the stove and simmering again.

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Can I add essential oils to a simmer pot?

Yes, you can add your favorite essential oils to a simmer pot.

However, the scent of the oils will dissipate more quickly as the water simmers compared to the simmering natural ingredients.

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Can I make a simmer pot using dried ingredients instead of fresh?

Absolutely!

Dried ingredients work well in simmer pots, and they have a longer shelf life.

Can I use a slow cooker for this recipe?

Yes, you can transfer the ingredients to a crock pot just like I did for this fall simmer pot.

Set it on the lowest heat setting (with the cover off) for an all day fragrance.

Natural simmer pot ingredients that include oranges, cinnamon, cranberries, and rosemary.

What are some alternatives for water in a stovetop potpourri?

Besides water, you could also use apple juice, cranberry juice, or even a combination of water and a splash of your favorite citrus or herbal tea for added depth of flavor.

Remember your imagination is your only limitation when it comes to what you can add to your simmer pot!

Give the Gift of a Winter Simmer Pot

A winter simmer pot also makes a thoughtful and heartwarming gift idea.

This aromatic gift will add a touch of seasonal charm to any home and offers a unique and personal experience for the gift recipient.

Whether it’s a housewarming present, a hostess gift, or a simple gesture to brighten someone’s day; this gift embodies the spirit of warmth, care, and tranquility.

It’s a creative way to share the joy of a cozy home with friends and loved ones!

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Cozy Winter Simmer Pot

Indulge in the cozy embrace of this winter simmer pot recipe that marries fresh oranges, tart cranberries, warm cinnamon, and woodsy rosemary. The combination of these natural ingredients will transform your home into a cozy space, perfect for beating the winter blues.
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Prep Time:5 minutes
Cook Time:5 minutes
2 hours
Total Time:2 hours 10 minutes

Equipment

Ingredients

  • Orange Slices
  • Whole Fresh Cranberries
  • Cinnamon Sticks
  • Fresh Rosemary Sprigs
  • 4 cups Water

Instructions

  • In a medium sized pot combine the sliced oranges, fresh cranberries, cinnamon sticks, and rosemary sprigs.
  • Fill the pot with about 4 cups of water, covering all of the ingredients.
  • Place the pot on the stove over medium heat.
  • When the pot begins to simmer, turn the heat down to low.
  • Continue to simmer, uncovered for up to 2 hours.
  • Replenish water as needed to avoid the stovetop potpourri from drying out.

Notes

    • Keep your simmer pot on low heat to gently release the fragrance. Simmering too vigorously may cause the water to evaporate too quickly.
    • Check the water levels periodically and add more water as needed to prevent the pot from drying out. This will ensure a longer lasting and more consistent aroma.
    • Adjust the quantities of ingredients based on your preferences. If you prefer a stronger scent, add more spices and herbs.
    • You can reuse the ingredients for a second or even a third simmer session. Just add more water and continue enjoying the delightful fragrance.
    • Tailor the simmer pot to your liking by adding or omitting specific ingredients.
    • If you prefer a longer lasting simmer pot, transfer the ingredients to a crock pot and set it on the lowest heat setting.
    • Always monitor the simmer pot while it’s on the stove, and turn it off when you leave the house.
Course: DIY
Keyword: Simmer Pot, Stovetop Potpourri, Winter
Servings: 1 Pot

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