Stove Top Potpourri Jars a Simmering Potpourri Recipe (2024)

Cinnamon and Spice Stove Top Potpourri Jars

I don’t know about you, but our farmhouse always feels extra cozy when it smells good. Whether it’s a homemade coffee candle mug filling the kitchen with aromas of fresh ground coffee beans or a lavender sachet tucked into a drawer each adds a special layer of cozy. And a stove top potpourri happens to be one of the most powerful forms of cozy man (or woman in this case…) can create.

In all honesty, if you haven’t made a stove top potpourri recipe – you are missing out!

All it takes is a few natural items, water, and a pot to make a simmering potpourri. And the cooler months of the year are without a doubt the best time to spend over the stove simmering homemade potpourri.

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What’s in a stove top potpourri?

In light of how to make potpourri, the beautiful thing is you can completely customize it to the season or just what you have on hand. However, for stove top potpourri jars you’ll need the dried version of everything. Putting fresh herbs or fruit slices into a potpourri jar, for example, would most certainly mold.

For that matter, many choose whole spices and dried fruit for ingredients in stove top potpourri jars. Think whole cloves, vanilla pods, whole nutmeg, and dried apples. These will keep for years to come and the aroma of dried ingredients is just as wonderful in a simmering potpourri as their fresh counterpart.

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Cinnamon happens to one of those aromas that is always enjoyed in a dried version. Mulled cider, cinnamon rolls, snickerdoodles, cinnamon stick garlands, and let’s not forget cinnamon dough ornaments are all ways I grew up using cinnamon in our farmhouse. I can imagine you may have too. Stove top potpourri jars are a splendid way to enjoy the smell of cinnamon and a practical method for using up cinnamon dough scraps.

Don’t throw away the small edges around the cinnamon dough ornaments you cut out – make cinnamon dough stars for stove top potpourri instead!

In case you need it here’s an easy cinnamon dough recipe, passed down from my mother, you can bake alongside apple slices in an afternoon for stove top potpourri jars.

Cinnamon Dough Recipe:

  1. 1 cup ground cinnamon
  2. 1/2 cup applesauce
  3. 1/2 cup white school glue
  1. Combine 1 cup cinnamon and half a cup of applesauce in a medium mixing bowl. Stir well until combined. Then, pour a half a cup of standard while school glue into the mixture. Stir until fully combined.
  2. From here knead the dough with your hands as you would a bread dough to incorporate the ingredients well. (Keep in mind this will be a fairly stiff dough.)
  3. Wrap the cinnamon dough in plastic or beeswax wrap, and let it sit for one hour at room temperature while the glue cures.
  4. After, preheat the oven to 200°F degrees. Line one baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  5. Cut the cinnamon dough in half and work with one half at a time for best results. Roll the dough out to 1/4-inch thick. (If cracks appear, rub in a pinch of water to smooth it out. Knead the dough a few more times by hand with dashes of water if needed.)
  6. Use cookie cutters to cut out as many cinnamon dough ornaments as you like, then use a small star cookie cutter in the mall areas for your stove top potpourri. Repeat kneading, rolling and cutting until all the cinnamon dough is used up.
  7. Place each cinnamon dough ornament and star on the prepared baking sheet. (No need to leave lots of space between each, this dough will not rise and expand like cookies.)
  8. Bake cinnamon dough for 2 hours until hard to the touch. Carefully, flip each ornament halfway through cooking to prevent curling.
  9. Cool each on the baking sheet until you can handle them easily.
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How to Dry Apples

While your cinnamon dough is curing, set to work on drying apples. They are dried at the same temperature as the cinnamon dough is baked so you can prepare these simultaneously for stove top potpourri.

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  1. Wash and dry 3 to 4 apples.
  2. Slice each apple into approximately ¼ an inch thick rings. Pick out seeds from the apple slices and discard them.
  3. Line one to two baking sheets with parchment paper to avoid the apple slices from sticking to the baking sheet. Then arrange each slice with just enough space so they are not touching.
  4. Dry apple slices in the oven for 2 hours at 200°F degrees.
  5. After drying apples, simply lift the parchment paper from each baking sheet onto a cooling rack and cool at room temperature.

How to Make Potpourri for Cinnamon and Spice Stove Top Potpourri Jars

Now that you’ve got your cinnamon dough stars and dried apple slices done, it’s time for the quick work of making stove top potpourri jars. You can use any jar you like; mason jars, jelly jars, or milk bottle jars like I did. As long as each jar is clean and airtight it will work well for stove top potpourri jars.

Stove Top Potpourri Ingredients

How to Make Potpourri Stove Top Jars

  1. pen each jar and gather your ingredients.
  2. Fill each jar with 1 cinnamon stick, 1 whole nutmeg, 2 dried apple slices, a pinch of dried juniper berries, 2 cinnamon dough stars, and a pinch of whole cloves.
  3. Close each lid and add a gift tag for gifting or store in your pantry for later use.
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How to Simmer Potpourri

  1. Fill a medium stock pot with 3 to 4 inches of water. Bring to a boil, boiling 2 to 3 minutes before reducing to a simmer.
  2. Carefully pour the contents of the stove potpourri jar into the simmering water.
  3. Add an additional cup of water every half hour or as needed to keep the potpourri underwater. (Do keep an eye on it so that you don’t run out of the water and burn your stockpot… Guilty)

How long does stove top potpourri last?

Just like spices, you can store stove potpourri jars for a few years. As for simmering potpourri, once you add water and start it on the stove it will last up to 4 days. You can continually simmer it as long as you keep the water level at least 1 inch higher than the potpourri.

Can you reuse stove top potpourri?

Yes, you can reuse stove potpourri. After simmering, allow it to cool to room temperature. Then strain it and pour it back into the potpourri jar or keep the water and store it in a larger container. Either way, place the container in the fridge overnight. Then pour it back into a stockpot and enjoy the simmering potpourri again. You can keep this up for about 4 days before tossing or composting it.

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I love the change the seasons bring our farmhouse and all the aromas that come along with each. I’ve found stove potpourri jars to be a creative way to welcome each season as it comes. This one will have you feeling all the cozy feels.

Have you made this stove top potpourri recipe? We’d love to hear about it – tag #farmhousechicliving on Instagram to share yours and don’t forget to pin these instructions on how to dry apples, make a stove top potpourri jar and our family cinnamon dough recipe.

Stove Top Potpourri Jars a Simmering Potpourri Recipe (2024)


How do you make potpourri in a jar? ›

Combine desired flowers, citrus peels, herbs, and spices in a quart mason jar. Add the lid and shake every day or two until the potpourri is dried – this takes about a month.

How long does stovetop potpourri last in jar? ›

When the water begins to evaporate, add more! Your stove top holiday potpourri will last 3 to 5 days. Holiday Stove Top Potpourri is totally natural, toxin free, and will last several days.

How long does stovetop potpourri take to smell? ›

How long do I simmer stovetop potpourri? I simmer stovetop potpourri for hours on end, but I prefer a nice strong scent throughout the house. If you are more sensitive to smells, you may find that simmering stovetop potpourri for 30 minutes is sufficient.

What can I stovetop boil to make my house smell good? ›

a cup of water on the stove, then take a lemon or an orange, cut it in quarters, skin on, and put it in the boiling water. If you don't have a citrus fruit, you can use white vinegar. And all you have to do is half a cup of white vinegar. with one cup of boiling water, and it'll take away the odor.

Do simmer pots make your house smell good? ›

Simmer pots are an easy and natural way to make your house smell amazing with the cozy scents of baking, and humidify dry air in your home. Think of it as a liquid potpourri pot, bubbling away on your stove all day.

How do you make potpourri smell stronger? ›

How do you make potpourri smell stronger? Two trusty ways to make your potpourri smell stronger are to add more essential oil to the mixture every so often or to agitate it. Shake the container or stir the potpourri to release more scent.

What size jar for stovetop potpourri? ›

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We're making the 16oz (aka Pint Sized) version of my stovetop potpourri recipe this year! I used to make 32 oz jars but actually love the smaller Pint Sized version because it makes each jar less expensive & easier to gift.

Can I use dried cranberries in stovetop potpourri? ›

Cranberries: You can use either fresh or frozen cranberries when you make this DIY Christmas stovetop potpourri. If you're giving it as a gift, use fresh cranberries, but if it's just for your own home, then by all means use frozen cranberries. Dried cranberries won't provide the same result though.

Does stovetop potpourri need to be refrigerated? ›

Remove the lid and bring it to a simmer again then next day. Add fresh water as needed so there is always liquid in the pot. For a longer lasting simmer pot, up to 7 days, refrigerate the pot of ingredients (after the liquid has cooled) between uses. Add fresh ingredients and water as needed.

Can you use dried rosemary in stovetop potpourri? ›

You can fill a mason jar with the potpourri and add a gift tag for a spring gift. This Lemon and Rosemary Simmering Stove Top Potpourri is a blend of warm vanilla, dried herbs, and a fresh lemon. I absolutely love this mixture of ingredients for the spring time.

When should you throw out potpourri? ›

Whilst homemade potpourri can last for quite a long time, the scent will usually start to disappear after 2-3 months. This is because the ingredients are all natural, and after spending some time interacting with the surrounding environment, their potency will gradually start to fade.

Why does my stovetop smell bad? ›

Residual food particles on the burner: If there are food particles or spills on the burner, they can burn and produce an odor when the burner heats up. This is especially common if the burner hasn't been cleaned recently.

Why doesn't my potpourri smell? ›

Add more oil to the mixture if possible, especially high-quality fragrance oil, the more you add, the better the scent. Autumn might be the best flower picking season, so utilize it for your potpourri while it lasts.

What setting is simmer on stove top? ›

Simmer: Medium-low heat, gentle bubbling in the pot. Most often used for soups, sauces, and braises. Rapid Simmer: Medium- to medium-high heat, more aggressive bubbling in the pot, but the bubbles should still be fairly small. Most often used for reducing sauces.

How do you simmer something on the stove? ›

To get to a simmer, wait until your water boils and then reduce the heat to medium or low. You should still see a few tiny bubbles making their way to the surface, but it shouldn't be as agitated as a complete boil. Once your water is at the proper temperature, you're ready to master all sorts of recipes.

How do you use the simmering method? ›

Simmering is the moist heat method which involves bringing a liquid to just below boiling point while being heated to cook food. The temperature for simmering is around 185°F – 205°F or when the liquid you are using for your cooking is gently bubbling.

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