How to Make Simmering Potpourri

When the leaves fell off the apple trees this fall, I found a couple of green apples on one late-ripening tree that I missed when I harvested.

Since there were only a couple and they weren't in prime condition, I decided I'd make some simmering potpourri. I peeled and sliced the apples very thinly and put the slices, the cores and the peels in the dehydrator.

How to turn fruit scraps into simmering potpourri.

I also had a few red apples in the refrigerator that were a bit past their prime. I'd been planning to cut them up for the chickens, but instead I sliced them and added them to the dehydrator too. This gave me a combination of red and green apple peels for some visual interest in the potpourri.

Dehydrate fruit scraps and make simmering potpourri.

If you're going to make something, try to make it appeal to as many of your senses as possible. This potpourri is not just fragrant, it's also interesting to look at.

Even though it was a spur of the moment project, I had ingredients in the kitchen that I could add: some dehydrated sliced ginger in the cupboard, some whole cloves in my spice drawer, and I'd recently bought a little jar of cinnamon sticks for another project.

Dehydrate apple peels for easy holiday gifts.

The mudroom, where I keep the dehydrator when it's running, smelled amazing while the apples were drying, like apple cider. When the peels were dry, I combined the dried apple pieces, broken cinnamon sticks, whole cloves, and a few slices of dehydrated ginger.

Peach peels and pits, and pear skins would also smell wonderful in potpourri, wouldn't they? Use what you have.

How to turn fruit scraps into simmering potpourri.

I divided the potpourri into several packages and added tags. They made cute stocking stuffers for friends and family. I kept some for myself too.

During the cold, dark and dreary days of winter, I put about a half-cup of this mixture into a pot of water simmering on the stove. It warms up the house with its rich scent and lifts my soul.

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