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Simmer Pots-Make Your OwnSimmer pots are wonderful to make your house smell good in the fall of the year or just anytime.  There are so many different variations of these simmer pots.  You can totally use your imagination and create you own pot by using whatever ingredients you like for your own home.  I love cinnamon and citrus together so that is how I usually make mine.  You can make a simmer pot on top of the stove or use your crock pot.  Either one works well.  Just be sure you keep water in the pots. I always have a few pieces of fruit that are going bad on me and this is a great way to use them. If you have an old crock pot or a small crock pot you are not using they are great for simmer pots.

Simmer pots are so much fun to make and smell great!

The one in the photo has the following ingredients:

3 to 4 cinnamon sticks

1 to 2 tablespoons whole cloves

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

2 to 3 oranges (can use the whole orange and slice or just use the peelings)

1 to 2 apples (just the peelings or apple slices)

4 to 5 cups water

Add fruit and spices to a pot on top of the stove along with water.  Bring to a boil and turn down to simmer.  Just be sure to add more water during the day if needed.  If using crock pot, just add fruit and spices plus water to crock pot and turn on the pot. I leave the top off my crock pot.  Enjoy!

Note:  Here are some other ingredients you can consider using in your pots:  star anise, cranberries, lemons, ground ginger, pine needles, essential oils, bay leaves, fresh herbs.

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