Winter Simmer Pot

Forget the harsh chemicals of artificial air fresheners, candles and store bought potpourri and try out this winter simmer pot instead! If you are moving towards non-toxic living in the new year, this is the perfect start. This winter simmer pot freshens up your home and creates a delicious aroma without the use of any chemicals. Think of it as potpourri in a pot, but infinitely more potent and natural. Choose from a variety of fresh ingredients, like cinnamon sticks, cranberries or orange peels. The possibilities are honestly endless!

Why You’ll Love This Simmer Pot

It’s so easy to make!

It smells so delicious.

This winter simmer pot uses only natural ingredients.

It is non-toxic and free of any harmful chemicals.

This simmer pot is the perfect swap for candles, air fresheners or potpourri.

It is easily adaptable!

This simmer pot is perfect to make for holiday parties or when you’re having guests over!

Equipment Needed

All you need to make this winter simmer pot is a pot, a cutting board and a knife.

Ingredients Needed

Orange: The peels, sliced or whole, release their zesty citrus aroma as the water simmers, filling the air with a fresh, inviting scent. They also add a touch of brightness to your simmer pot!

Cranberries: Cranberries play a starring role in simmer pots, especially during the fall and winter months! They bring a whole lot to the party, both in terms of function and festivity. Their beautiful deep red color also adds a pop of vibrancy to the pot.

Cinnamon Sticks: Cinnamon sticks are a classic addition to simmer pots, and for good reason! They add a warm, inviting aroma that fills your home with the cozy feeling of fall and winter.

Rosemary: Rosemary boasts a distinctive fragrance with earthy, piney notes. It’s reminiscent of the outdoors and adds a fresh, uplifting aroma to your home.

Pear: Ripe pears release a naturally sweet and slightly floral aroma that instantly fills your home with a cozy, inviting atmosphere.

Step-By-Step Instructions

Step 1: Gather your ingredients. Chop pear and orange.

Step 2: Fill pot 3/4 the way with water, bring to a boil and then add in ingredients. Turn down to a simmer. Add extra water every 30-45 minutes!

Pro Tips

Keep an eye on the water level! As the pot simmers, the water evaporates. To maintain the simmer and prevent burning, top up the water as needed, usually every 30-45 minutes.

Make sure to turn your stove off if you leave your home or when you go to sleep!

Save your simmer pot ingredients to use the next day by draining them and storing them in the fridge.

Variations

Simmer pot variations are almost endless, allowing you to customize them to your own preferences and the season! Here are some ideas:

Seasonal variations:

Fall: Combine cinnamon sticks, apple slices, orange peel, cranberries, cloves and nutmeg for a classic autumnal scent.

Winter: Get festive with cranberries, rosemary, thyme, orange peel and a splash of vanilla extract.

Spring: Infuse your home with fresh citrus by simmering lemon slices, grapefruit slices, rosemary and mint leaves.

Summer: Create a light and refreshing aroma with cucumber slices, lavender sprigs and a few drops of lime essential oil.

Themed variations:

Coffee shop: Mix brewed coffee, vanilla extract, cardamom pods and cinnamon sticks for a warm and inviting scent.

Spa retreat: Blend lavender flowers, chamomile blossoms and a few drops of lemongrass essential oil for a calming and therapeutic experience.

Tropical paradise: Transport yourself with pineapple slices, mango chunks, star anise and a touch of coconut milk.

Holiday cheer: Celebrate with cranberries, orange slices, cloves, cinnamon sticks and a splash of apple cider.

Recipe FAQ

What is a Yule simmer pot?

A Yule simmer pot is a festive and fragrant way to celebrate the Yuletide season, the winter solstice period traditionally observed from December 21st to January 1st. It’s essentially a simmering pot of water infused with seasonal ingredients chosen for their symbolic meaning and warming scent, filling your home with a cozy and inviting atmosphere during the cold winter months.

How many days does a simmer pot last?

Expect the simmer pot to last up to 24 hours if continuously heated, and potentially 2-3 days if reheated and stored in a cool location between uses.

What is the point of a simmer pot?

Simmer pots provide a natural and chemical-free alternative to artificial air fresheners!

Can I make this in a slow cooker?

Yes! Feel free to make this winter simmer pot in a slow cooker. Simply fill the slow cooker 3/4 with water, add your ingredients and cook on low.

How long can I let the pot simmer?

Aim for 24 hours or less of continuous simmering. Beyond this, they may break down and lose their fragrance.

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Winter Simmer Pot

Forget the harsh chemicals of artificial air fresheners, candles and store bought potpourri and try out this winter simmer pot instead! If you are moving towards non-toxic living in the new year, this is the perfect start. This winter simmer pot freshens up your home and creates a delicious aroma without the use of any chemicals.
Prep Time5 minutes
Keyword: simmer pot
Servings: 1

Equipment

  • 1 pot
  • 1 cutting board
  • 1 knife

Ingredients

  • 1 orange
  • 1 cup cranberries
  • 1 package rosemary
  • 3 cinnamon sticks

Instructions

  • Gather your ingredients. Chop pear and orange.
  • Fill pot 3/4 the way with water, bring to a boil and then add in ingredients. Turn down to a simmer. Add extra water every 30-45 minutes!

Notes

PRO TIPS:
Keep an eye on the water level! As the pot simmers, the water evaporates. To maintain the simmer and prevent burning, top up the water as needed, usually every 30-45 minutes.
Make sure to turn your stove off if you leave your home or when you go to sleep!
Save your simmer pot ingredients to use the next day by draining them and storing them in the fridge.
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