You’ll love using this stovetop simmer pot recipe to make your house smell like fall! Truly, it’s the most simple process yet fills your house with the most delicious smell.
I’ve been wanting to get around to making my own simmer pot for the longest time now. There’s something so welcoming about walking into a nice smelling home. Plus, these scents are all-natural! I love that this is a simple and inexpensive option to make my house smell good.
Since it is fall, I wanted to go with an autumn scent. So, I decided to do an “apple spice” theme. This includes fresh apple slices, cinnamon sticks, whole cloves and orange peels. Additionally, I added some fresh pine clippings for a woodsy scent along with a few drops of vanilla.
Some days are spent doing full on homemaking. Wether I’ve got a batch of creamy sausage tortellini soup cooking or I’m mixing up some fresh DIY laundry detergent, I want to be working in an environment that smells good! Well, it certainly doesn’t take long for that to happen when you start this stovetop simmer pot. I guarantee that your days spent at home will feel that much cozier because of it.
What liquid do you put in a simmer pot?
The liquid you put into a simmer pot is water. Once you bring the water to a boil, then you add in your ingredients and allow the mixture to simmer.
How long do you leave a simmer pot on?
Without fresh food, a simmer pot can last up to four days! All you need to do is add water when needed. Also, turn off the simmer pot overnight and simply reheat the following morning. If you are using fresh food, your simmer should last 24 hours on the stove.
What herbs are good in a simmer pot?
Many herbs are good in a simmer pot. Some good ones to try would be rosemary, peppermint, thyme, lavender and bay leaves. For a woodsy scent you could also try pine clippings.
Can I put essential oils in a simmer pot?
Yes! Using essential oils in your simmer pot adds aromatherapy benefits and can enhance the smell.
Can I use dry herbs in a simmer pot?
Yes! While fresh herbs may have a stronger fragrance, dried herbs will work just as well. Really, you can add any herbs and spices you may have on hand.
Ingredients you may need
How to make a stovetop simmer pot
First, gather your ingredients. Here, you can see that I use whole cloves, cinnamon sticks, orange peels, fresh apple slices, vanilla as well as fresh pine clippings.
Next, place all the ingredients into a pot and cover with water. Place on the stove over medium heat and bring to a boil. Finally, turn the heat down to low and allow the mixture to continue simmering for as long as you’d like! Check to make sure there’s enough water every 45 minutes or so. You can keep this going for several days. Just turn it off at night and start up the next day. This can last up to four days!
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- Cinnamon sticks
- Citrus peels (I used orange peels)
- Fresh apple slices
- Whole cloves
- Pine clippings
- Vanilla extract
- First, gather and prep your ingredients by peeling an orange so you have fresh citrus peels (see notes).
- Add all ingredients to your pot. Cover with water and place on the stove over medium heat.
- Bring the mixture to a boil, turn the heat down to low and continue to simmer.
- Allow the pot to simmer all day long, occasionally checking to make sure there's enough water. Enjoy the lovely smells of fall that fill your home!
If you'd like, you can slice the orange and add that to the pot rather than using the peels only.
There are no specific measurments for this recipe. Add as much as you'd like depending on how fragnant you want the simmer pot to be. Enjoy!