One of my favorite, favorite things to do during the holidays is make stove top potpourri.
This year, I figured…why not share this happy tradition with our neighbors?
I can’t figure out if I should put a space between stove and top…spell check says yes. I say no. So, you’ll see me waffle back and forth between those spellings because…meh. Doesn’t really matter. What matters is how magical your house is going to smell…or your neighbor’s house is going to smell after simmering a jar full of these pretties…
First things first. Print up the free printable label HERE.The file is hosted through Google Drive, but you should not have to have a Google account to access them. Be aware, that some servers will block downloads from Google docs. If you need me to email the files to you, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. The turn around time should be pretty quick, but to be safe, I caution you to allow up to 10 business days for me to get back to you. Please note that these printables are for personal use only and are not to be copied, redistributed, or hosted on another site other than mine without written permission. :)
They fit a wide mouth lid perfectly if you leave about 3/8″ white space around the outer rim of the label. For narrow neck lids, consider cutting them a little smaller and tying them to the jar with string (I show examples in pictures further down in this post).
Now for the recipes. There are THREE!
You really can’t go thaaat wrong if you mess around with the recipe, so change it up and experiment if you like.
The last recipe is my favorite…
2 cinnamon sticks + 2 sprig of pine + 1 TBSP. of whole cloves + 1 whole nutmeg + 1/3 cup cranberries + 1 star anise pod + 1 orange = 1 jar of potpourri.
This recipe has a lot more ingredients, but it’s also super flexible. You can take out any part of the recipe and it will still smell great.
You can use powdered or grated nutmeg as well, if you can’t find it whole. If you don’t have an orange, use a lemon! It all works.
TIPS FOR BUYING SPICES:
I know that spices can get pretty expensive, especially when you are buying them fresh or whole.
- Check the bottom shelf for bulk containers of cinnamon sticks. I bought a large container of nice, fragrant cinnamon sticks at Walmart for $5.
- For whole star anise and whole nutmeg, I had to go to a health food store that sells spices by weight. Even then, it was only $1-2 for the amount of spices I needed (handful). If you can find a health food store, or whole foods type grocery store, it is likely they will have the spices you need for less than buying name brand bottles of it in a major chain.
- For fresh rosemary, buy the plant not the pre-cut bunch! They will most likely cost the same, but with the plant you can continually use it and trim sprigs from it. Rosemary winters well, so your local store may still be selling it in the produce section, or check your local nursery.
I kept the instructions simple on the label, so it would suit any kind of stove top potpourri. You could add words about peeling the citrus to the back of the label if you want, but it’s not really necessary. Whether they slice it or peel it…it will work great.
Happy merry making!