Simmering Potpourri - A Great Christmas Gift Idea

Monday, December 21, 2015


Your friends and family will love this gift idea of simmering potpourri for Christmas this year.
Your friends and family will love this gift idea of simmering potpourri for Christmas this year.

Do you need a last minute gift for someone this week? 

Or maybe you need a few hostess gifts to bring to Christmas celebrations  and parties over the next two weeks?  Simmering potpourri makes a great Christmas gift or hostess gift and the
best part about this gift is it's easy to make. Your friends and family will love this gift idea of simmering potpourri and your house will smell amazing as you dry the fruit and your house
will smell like Christmas as you use the simmering potpourri in your home over the next few days. 
Yes...make sure you keep a jar for your home!

Drying fruit is very easy.  Citrus fruits like oranges and lemons are perfect for
this simmering potpourri because they retain their shape and color when they dry.  
Simmering Potpourri

Ingredients
  • Glass Canning Jars
  • Ribbon or Raffia
  • Dried Fruit
  • Dried Cranberries - I used a prepackaged brand from the grocery store.
  • Cinnamon Sticks
  • Whole Cloves
  • Star Anise
  • Pine Branches

Instructions

To Dry the Fruit
Cut the fruit into thin slices.
Place the fruit on baking trays lined with parchment paper or
you can put them on a rack on top of a baking tray.
Place the trays in the oven set to 200 degrees and bake for about two hours
turning the fruit halfway through.
Once the fruit is dry, lay the fruit flat on a surface overnight.
You want to make sure the fruit is completely dry before you package them up
into the jars for the potpourri.

To Assemble the Jars
Place the pine branches first in the jar followed by the cinnamon sticks, whole cloves, star anise, dried cranberries and the dried lemons and oranges.

Simmering the Potpourri
Place the ingredients of the jar in a small saucepan.
Fill the saucepan with water and place on the stove with
a small flame underneath.
Make sure you check the water level frequently while it is on the stove.
It's very important that you make sure the water does not evaporate completely while you are simmering.

Drying Fruit

Oranges and lemons look so pretty when they are completely dried.  They also make great ornaments if you have a Christmas tree in your kitchen.  Or place them in a bowl on the kitchen counter.

Dried oranges and lemons are perfect for simmering potpourri gifts or hang them on a small Christmas tree in the kitchen.  You can even fill a bowl with these dried fruits and leave on the kitchen counter.  They smell amazing.


Putting the Jars Together for Gifts

Place the pine branches first in the jar followed by the cinnamon sticks, whole cloves, 
star anise, dried cranberries and the dried lemons and oranges.

Simmering Potpourri - A Great Christmas Gift Idea from Walking on Sunshine Recipes.


How to Use the Simmering Potpourri

Place the ingredients of the jar in a small saucepan.


Fill the saucepan with water and place on the stove with a small flame underneath.  Make sure you check the water level frequently while it is on the stove.  It's very important that you make sure the water does not evaporate completely while you are using the potpourri.

Saucepan filled with water and homemade simmering potpourri.



Simmering Potpourri makes a GREAT Christmas Gift Idea!


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1 comment :

  1. Love this idea for homemade gifts! Thanks for linking up to Merry Monday! Pinned & Sharing on FB! Have a great week!
    Kim

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