Fragrant simmering pots are a great way to use up herbs and spices from your holiday baking cupboard, plus the peels and leftover bits of fresh fruit you prepare anytime for eating.
Measurements are guidelines only; adjust to your preference. With strong-smelling herbs like lavender, you may want to designate an old pot you no longer use for cooking. For full instructions on simmering spice pots, click here.
Try some of these combinations to fill your home with the warm scents of Fall:
- Autumn Spice: orange peel • apple peel • cinnamon sticks • whole cloves
- Bitter Lemon: lemon peel • 2 bay leaves • whole cloves • cinnamon sticks
- Spiced Pumpkin: (includes the five spices usually found in “pumpkin spice” mixes, plus vanilla) 1 tsp whole cloves • 1 tsp ground nutmeg • 1 tsp ground cinnamon • 1 tsp ground allspice • 2 slices fresh ginger • 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Lavender Dreams: 1/4 cup dried lavender flowers • 4 whole star anise • 1 tsp ground nutmeg • 1 tsp whole cloves • 1/2 cinnamon stick
- Pumpkin Pie: canned pumpkin • apple cider (instead of water) • cinnamon sticks • whole cloves • nutmeg • vanilla extract (use a crockpot for this one)
- Just the Juice: apple juice or cider (instead of water) • whole cloves • cinnamon sticks
- Posh Spice: 1 cinnamon stick • 6 whole cloves • 1 tsp vanilla extract
- The Whole Shebang: peels of 1 – 2 oranges • 2 cinnamon sticks • 1 tbsp whole cloves • fresh ginger slices • star anise
Safety first! Keep children and pets away from simmering pots and stove • Check water level regularly so the pot doesn’t boil dry • Do not ingest • Turn off heat before leaving the house.