Fill your home with the beautiful smells of fall with potpourri made in the Crock Pot. Fall Potpourri with the fresh scents of orange and rosemary, combined with warm cinnamon and clove, is a wonderful, inexpensive way to make your home cozy and fresh.
Autumn has arrived, and I couldn’t be happier! I’m ready for “sweater weather” and anything that has to do with this beautiful season. I’ve been doing a bit of house fluffing, putting out a few new pillows, and a couple of soft throws. Now, I’m ready to jump in with the last layer of coziness – making my home smell beautiful. How do I do it? I grab my slow cooker and a few seasonal fresh ingredients, then I sit back and enjoy.
Why You’ll Love This DIY Potpourri Idea
- It’s a natural air freshener that’s not heavy or smells like perfume.
- It’s less expensive than buying candles.
- The warm, comforting aroma can help reduce stress and promote relaxation, making it ideal for unwinding after a long day.
What you’ll need for Crock-Pot Fall Potpourri
- Small Crock Pot or Slow Cooker
- Fresh Orange Slices
- Cinnamon Sticks
- Whole Cloves
- Fresh Rosemary Sprigs
Variations And Additions
There are all kinds of ways to change up the recipe for this crockpot potpourri. Here are some ideas:
- Citrus – grapefruit, lime, or lemon slices. Orange peel or lemon peel.
- Christmas Potpourri – add a splash of vanilla or almond extract, star anise, and fresh cranberries.
- Add additional warmth – vanilla bean, nutmeg, or ginger.
How To Make Fall Potpourri
- Start by slicing one to two oranges.
- Fill a small crockpot with water, about ¾ full.
- Place orange slices in 4-5 cups of water, layer on the cinnamon sticks and cloves, and then the rosemary.
- Turn the temperature to high and set for 3 to four hours. Make sure to leave the lid off. Check every hour or so to adjust the water level.
- The potpourri will last about four days before it’s time to refresh with fruit and spices.
Homemade Potpourri Is Great For Gift Giving
Package up the ingredients in mason jars or cellophane bags, add a pretty tag with handwritten instructions, and you’ll have a lovely hostess gift, teacher gift, or treat for a neighbor.
Can I Make Potpourri On The Stove top?
Yes, you can. Making potpourri on the stove top is a fantastic alternative if you don’t have a slow cooker. This method is often called a simmer pot.
To make, add all the ingredients to a medium size pot and place on the stove top over low heat. You want the mixture to simmer gently, releasing the lovely aroma. Be sure to keep an eye on it to prevent it from boiling over.
You can let the stovetop potpourri simmer for as long as you like. Remember to add more water if it starts to evaporate.
Fall Recipes To Make
- Grandma’s Apple Crisp
- Crock Pot Ham And White Bean Soup
- Apple Cinnamon Pull Apart Bread
- Air Fryer Baked Sweet Potatoes
- Pumpkin Pecan Quick Bread
- 1 to 2 oranges – sliced
- 3-4 cinnamon sticks
- 1 teaspoon whole cloves
- 2 sprigs rosemary
- Fill a small crockpot ¾ full of water. Add oranges, cinnamon sticks, cloves, and rosemary. Set on high for 3 to 4 hours uncovered for potpourri to become heated and aroma develop.
Want To Know More About Slow Cooking?
If you are new to cooking with a Crock Pot or just don’t know where to start, I’ve got something to help. I’ve put together a helpful guide with tips and recipes to get you using a slow cooker like a pro!