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If there is anything that brings your house into the fall season it’s a simmer pot. I always start simmering fall scents at the beginning of September. I’ve never used anything but natural ingredients, and they’ve never been expensive. My guests have always commented on how beautiful my home smells, and it doesn’t get better than that. I’m happy to share my easy and all natural fall simmer pot recipe with you!
Why use natural ingredients?
There are chemicals present in all artificial air fresheners. Every one. I just don’t want that in the air that I (or my family) breathes. The reason we love the smell of fall so much is because of all of the naturally beautiful scents that are abundant at that time of year. Fresh apples, pumpkins, cinnamon, fallen leaves, and the smell of a crackling fire in a fire pit. The list is endless. By using what you can find at your local grocer or orchard, there isn’t any need to fill your home with unnatural substances.
When to Use The Simmer Pot
I have found that the name “Simmer Pot” is more of a loose term than I originally thought. Usually, I simmer in a pot on the stove, however; I have also used this recipe in a small crock pot. Once the crock heats up I take the cover off and let it go for hours. Often I’ll use the small crock pot when I’m having company so that a burner isn’t occupied. If we’re going to be home for the day I use a pot on the stove unless the crock pot is already out. My point? You can use either, and no matter where you are you’ll smell all the smells of fall in New England!
Easy & All Natural Fall Simmer Pot
- Slow Cooker or Medium Sauce Pan
- 2 apples Your favorite variety
- 4 cinnamon sticks
- 10 whole cloves
- 2 oranges Slice off the peels & reserve oranges
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 gallon apple cider
- Empty the cider into the pot
- Add peeled apples and apple peels
- Add orange peels
- Add all remaining ingredients (saving the oranges to squeeze into the liquid as it starts to lower)
- Simmer on lowest setting checking regularly. Add more cider or water, along with orange juice as the liquids begin to evaporate.
I can almost guarantee that if you try this Easy & All Natural Fall Simmer Pot that you won’t ever stop. You’ll be anxiously waiting for fall to come every year!