Stovetop Potpourri


Perfect for warming up your home on a winter morning.

Stovetop Potpourri

Caitlin Bensel; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Active Time:
10 mins

A stovetop potpourri is one of the most creatively open-ended and beautiful ways to make your home feel and smell like memories that wrap you up and embrace you in a big hug. On cold winter weekend mornings, especially when there’s a fresh blanket of snow outside on the ground and you know instantly that it’s going to be a cozy day at home, bring a pot of this Stovetop Potpourri to a slow, calm, purring simmer.

This lovely combination of citrusy orange, cinnamon apple, and wintry spices will send a nurturing aroma wafting through your home. All you have to do is keep an eye on the water level as it evaporates and continue replenishing the water throughout the day. Your home is going to smell like a warm and comforting winter wonderland.


  • 1 orange, sliced into 1/2-inch wide slices

  • 1 sweet red apple (Gala, Honey Crisp, Fuji, Envy), sliced into ½-inch wide slices, core discarded

  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen cranberries

  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary

  • 1 teaspoon cloves

  • 2 whole star anise

  • 2 cinnamon sticks

  • 1 vanilla bean, split down the center lengthwise or 1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract

  • 7 cups water


  1. Add all orange, apple, cranberries, rosemary, cloves, star anise, cinnamon sticks, and vanilla bean or vanilla extract, and water to a large pot. Bring to a simmer over low heat for as many hours as desired, keeping an eye on the pot to check water level, adding water as needed throughout the day. Remove from heat, drain, and discard ingredients when finished.

    Stovetop Potpourri
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