The holiday season is a time for wonderful foods and delicious smells. Especially popular at this time of year are the traditional scents of cinnamon, cranberries, orange, nutmeg, and cloves. With just a few supplies and a little bit of your time, you can make a Stovetop Scent Pot.
Consider this #HolidayHomeHack a form of seasonal aromatherapy.
Your family and friends are going to love it!
Supplies you’ll need:
- 1 orange
- 1 cup fresh cranberries
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 1 tsp ground cloves
- 1 tsp ground nutmeg
- 2-quart pot (minimum)
- Add water as needed
Step #1 – Slice an orange
Wash and carefully slice an orange into 1/2 inch slices.
Step #2 – Add cranberries
Cranberries are in season at this time of year. Rinse 1 cup of cranberries and add them to the pot.
Save the rest of the cranberries in the freezer to make this wonderful scent pot anytime.
Step #3 – Add orange slices
Add the orange slices to the pot with the cranberries.
Step #4 – Add cinnamon
Add your two cinnamon sticks to the pot.
It is possible to make this scent pot with dried cinnamon (although it’s certainly not as pretty). If you’re going to substitute dried, ground cinnamon instead of the cinnamon sticks, you can add 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon to the pot.
Step #5 – Add nutmeg
Add one teaspoon of ground nutmeg to the pot. It is possible to use fresh ground nutmeg, however, it tends to be a bit more pungent than the dried stuff. If you plan to use fresh ground nutmeg start with 1/2 teaspoon. One the pot is steaming and doing it’s aromatherapy thing if you feel you need a little more nutmeg you can add it to the pot.
Step #6 – Add cloves
Add the ground cloves. If you want you can use 1/2 teaspoon of whole cloves instead.
Step #7 – Lastly, add water
The water gets added last, after all the aromatics. Gently add the water to the pot making sure to just barely cover the other ingredients.
Step #8 – Turn on the heat!
Place the pot on the stovetop over medium-low heat. You do not want this to boil as it will go through the water too quickly and your pot may burn. Make sure the pot stays to less than a boil, turning down the heat if needed to keep it at a gentle simmer.
Step #9 – Enjoy the holiday scent!
As the contents of the pot heat up, the fabulous smells of the holiday season will waft throughout your kitchen and home.
Be sure to keep an eye on the pot and add water if it gets low. You should be able to refill the pot several times before the scent isn’t as strong.
If keeping the ingredients overnight allow the pot to cool completely, cover, and place in the refrigerator. Do not keep for more than 2 days as the orange peel (where all the oils are) will start to break down and the pot won’t have as much scent.