Beautiful. Cost effective. Useful. This DIY Holiday gift idea covers it all! Make some Homemade Dry Holiday Potpourri – perfect for stovetop simmering, decor, and it is shelf stable!
Mr. TIDBITS is somewhat of a food preservation nerd . . . and I adore him for it.
He so carefully saved up his Cabela’s point to earn him a free food dehydrator, and it was like Christmas in July for him. He has been happily dehydrating whatever foods he could get his hands on. Pineapples, apples, pears, oranges, jerky . . . you name it. All in our home have thoroughly enjoyed the yummy results of this new obsession.
Once I saw how beautiful the dried oranges were, I knew I wanted to use them to make some kind of DIY Holiday gift for my “Handmade Holidays“ blog series. I asked my email subscribers what I could use them for, and the majority responded with the idea of making potpourri.
So make some potpourri I did!
We also used the extra dried oranges to make “orange sugar” which is basically a process of cutting off the bitter white parts and grounding the orange into powder. SOOOOOO good! Check out this recipe for Orange Almond Cookies where we used the orange sugar.
I remember my grandmother simmering stovetop potpourri, but I had never done it myself up until this point. It is absolutely delightful and the fresh and festive aroma it brings to your home is unmatched by any candle.
You can easily simmer fresh fruit with spices for an even more powerful effect, but to make for a beautiful, long lasting gift, dried potpourri is a great option as well.
The receiver of your thoughtful gift (or yourself), can enjoy the beauty of the dried herbs, fruit and spices for as long as they want to in the jars and then use it up to infuse their home with the smells of the Season.
If you would like a printable to go with your gift so the receiver knows exactly what to do, I’ve made Stovetop Potpourri printables which you can find HERE.
I’ve made up 3 varieties, but feel free to stack and mix any options as you see fit. They all smell wonderfully together!
DRIED STOVETOP POTPOURRI OPTION 1
This mix of dried cranberries, oranges, spices and the “piece de resistance” – vanilla bean – make your kitchen smell like you’ve been baking all day! Combine any amount of the following:
- Dried oranges
- Dried cranberries
- Cinnamon sticks
- Vanilla bean
DRIED STOVETOP POTPOURRI OPTION 2
This classic mix will ring in the Christmas spirit in no time! Combine any amount of the following:
- Dried oranges
- Dried apples
- Cinnamon sticks
- Star Anise
DRIED STOVETOP POTPOURRI OPTION 3
This unique combo will help your house feel fresh, clean and festive. Combine any amount of the following:
- Dried lemons
- Dried Limes
- Dried Rosemary
(I found a ton of rosemary discounted for .50 cents and bought it all up. We also dried it in the dehydrator. It smells so good in the potpourri!)
HOW TO DRY POTPOURRI
Anything with moisture will quickly spoil and rot if not dried or dehydrated. If you have a dehydrator, drying fruits and herbs are easy and can be done in batches. However, you can also dehydrate and dry fruits and herbs in the oven.
DRYING SLICED FRUIT IN OVEN:
For oranges, lemons, limes and other citrus fruits, first preheat your oven to 200 degrees. Slice your citrus into 1/4 inch thick slices. Arrange on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Cook in the oven for about 6 hours or until dry.
DRYING SLICED FRUIT IN A DEHYDRATOR:
Slice your fruit about 1/4 inch thick and lay flat on the dehydrator trays. Set your dehydrator temperatures from 125 – 135 degrees. Dehydrating time can take anywhere from 6 – 24 hours, so check your fruit frequently until completely dry.
HOW TO USE STOVETOP POTPOURRI
Enjoying simmering stovetop potpourri is very easy. All you need to do is fill a pot about half way with water and dump in your potpourri. Set your range on a low temperature and let the water slowly simmer. The most important thing is to watch and check the water level. As it simmers the water will dissipate which carries the smell throughout your home. However, if the water completely dissipates, the fruit will begin to burn on your pot which will not smell good. You can easily refill with more water or turn off your stovetop.
HOW TO GIFT DRIED POTPOURRI
Simply gifting dried potpourri in a clear class container is beautiful enough! To make it extra special, wrap with twine or ribbon and loop a dried orange, apple or citrus fruit. They could use this hanging string as a Christmas tree ornament as well. You may want to include stovetop potpourri instructions with your gift . . . which you can find the printable for HERE!
BUYING SPICES FOR POTPOURRI
Head to the grocery store to buy cinnamon sticks, vanilla beans and star anise and you might drop over because of the prices. I’ve found some more affordable bulk options online. Simply click the images below.
Thank you so much for reading and I truly hope you are enjoying my gift giving series! Please let me know if you have any suggestions or things you would like to see me do!
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