Fall crockpot potpourri

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Make your home smell divine with the fresh notes of citrus, vanilla and aromatic spices in this crockpot potpourri.

A crockpot filled with water, sliced citrus, aromatic spices and bright calendula flowers. The lid is off to allow the scent to travel.
Crockpot potpourri

????Fall and winter are the most hygge times of the year – made even more so with a crockpot of colourful ingredients simmering away on the kitchen bench, sending the rich aroma of warming spices, vanilla and citrus throughout the home.

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????What is crockpot potpourri?

Crockpot potpourri may also be called a simmer pot, and is essentially a diffuser of sorts to scent the home, made from the gentle simmering of fruits, herbs and aromatic spices in a pot.

Unlike using essential oils in a diffuser – crockpot potpourri looks colourful and striking on the kitchen counter so is a really nice way to make the home look, feel and smell cosy and delicious.

Yes you can make these stove top – it’s just that a crockpot frees up precious cooking space when you have guests over the holiday season.

????Reasons to love it

  • Great way to scent the home
  • Cost effective – great alternative to essential oils and scented candles
  • Natural ingredients, no harmful chemicals
  • Visually beautiful

????Ingredients

Citrusy, spicy aromas are my fave – they make the house smell amazing!

  • Citrus: orange, lemon, lime and grapefruit – sliced thinly, or use the peel
  • Aromatic spices: fresh ginger, whole cardamom pods, star anise, cinnamon quills, fennel seeds and grated nutmeg. These are all warming, stimulating, uplifting scents
  • Vanilla: mmm!
  • Flowers: cornflower and calendula, dried or fresh, purely for beauty
Flat lay of all the ingredients required to make a potpourri in your crockpot.
Crockpot potpourri ingredients

????Variations

Here are some lovely slow cooker potpourri variations –

Christmas crockpot potpourri: get in the holiday spirit with sliced citrus, fresh cranberries for their colour and delicious scent, a sprig or two of fresh cypress or pine, ginger, cinnamon and vanilla bean.

????????For my Kiwi readers – cranberries are so hard to source here, so check out Cranberries Westland in the South Island for both fresh and frozen fruit.

Fall fruits crockpot potpourri: this time of year is ideal for the warm and fruity combo of sliced apple, golden kiwi, lemon slices, cinnamon quills, whole cloves and vanilla bean.

Hygee perfection: fresh orange slices, licorice root, cinnamon quills, vanilla bean and almond extract.

????????How to make crockpot potpourri

1. Heat: fill your crockpot or slow cooker with water, set it to high heat and place the lid on top.

2. Prepare: slice the citrus into rounds and peel a few citrus curls. Slice ginger thinly.

3. Combine: combine all ingredients in your crockpot.

4. Simmer: turn the crockpot to a low heat to allow to gently simmer day-long, with the lid off to allow the scent to travel.

5. Check: check the crockpot every so often as it may need additional water.

Image on the left shows sliced citrus fruits and ginger on a wooden board. Image on the right shows a crockpot on the kitchen bench filled with potpourri ingredients.
Slice citrus and ginger, add all ingredients to a slow cooker

????Gift it

Crockpot potpourri actually makes a really lovely hostess gift. Rather than using fresh ingredients, fill a mason jar with dehydrated orange slices, dried flowers and whole spices. Fresh rosemary sprigs tied to the jar with twine and instructions are a nice finishing touch.

Hero shot of a crockpot on a marble counter, filled with the most vibrant colourful ingredients: sliced orange, grapefruit and limes, pink peppercorns, star anise, cinnamon sticks, orange calendula flowers, purple cornflowers and more. The lid is off, to allow the scent to fill the home.
Autumn potpourri

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????Recipe

Crockpot filled with sliced citrus and spices, simmering away to scent the home.

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Fall crockpot potpourri

This easy recipe is a great way to fill the whole house with a warm holiday scent.
Course DIY
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1

Equipment

  • Crockpot or slow cooker

Ingredients

  • 1 orange
  • 1 grapefruit
  • 1-2 lemons or limes
  • 1 inch ginger
  • 10 cardamom pods
  • 3-4 star anise
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1 teaspoon peppercorns
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Few calendula flowers
  • 1 teaspoon dried corn flowers

Instructions

  • Heat: fill your crockpot with water, use a high setting and place the lid on top.
  • Prepare: slice the citrus into rounds and peel a few citrus curls. Slice the ginger thinly.
  • Combine: combine all ingredients in your crockpot.
  • Simmer: turn the crockpot to a low heat to allow to gently simmer day-long, with the lid off to allow the scent to travel.
  • Check: check the water level every so often and keep it topped up.

Notes

  • For another great fall potpourri scent – try a combination of apple, golden kiwi, lemon slices, cinnamon quills, clove and a splash of vanilla.
  • For Christmas crockpot potpourri – try sliced citrus, cranberries, a sprig or two of fresh cypress or pine, ginger, cinnamon and vanilla bean.
  • You can add an essential oil blend if you like.
  • Rather than use a crockpot, you can do this over the stove in large saucepan.
  • If you’re after a great idea for festive gifts, add dried potpourri mix to a jar or airtight container with a sprig of rosemary and a hand-written label.

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