Thursday, December 08, 2005
Q: Can you elaborate on the heavenly scents ... it sounds delicious but how much do I simmer of what in how much water ... or is it kind of like a mix and match type thing??? --Amber
I love holiday smells, but I don't like to keep buying tins of mulling spices. (Pictured is a box of spice sachets I just found at the thrift store for 50 cents.)
You can make your own simmering scents for pennies on the dollar. Anything goes!
This year I bought spices in bulk from a Mennonite store, where a bag of 100 whole cloves cost 99 cents. Then we throw our apple and orange peels in the pot as they accumulate.
Sprinkle with nutmeg, powdered cinnamon or a cinnamon stick, throw in a few cloves, and fill the pot 2/3 full of water. Bring to a boil, then turn the heat down to a low simmer.
If you prefer to use less electricity, you can simmer in a crockpot with the top removed. I turn off the heat after about 20 minutes of simmering, yet the scent lingers for hours.
Don't empty your pot after each use. Keep adding water, peels, and spices as many days as you like.
Never let the pot run dry. Use an old pot if you have one, as the mixture leaves a hard-t0-scrub residue.