Use simple seasonal ingredients to make this handmade christmas gift; an easy stove top potpourri recipe that packs a serious punch!
The last time I visited Chateau Sonoma, I left with baskets full of pomegranates and persimmons. And while I was able to use some of them up in syrups and pureés, I still had quite a few left over, so I decided to dehydrate some in my oven to create a colorful homemade potpourri for Christmas gifts.
I had never dried fruit in my oven before, and honestly just sort of guessed on how to do it - but the results were fantastic. I simply sliced the fruit into uniform pieces, and then placed them on Silpat baking mats in my oven. I set my oven to the lowest setting, and let them dehydrate all day long. Each time I opened the oven I was hit with humidity from the fruit - proving that the magic was happening. After roughly 6 hours, the fruit was dry, and ready to use. I let it cool and then placed it in a container to use later.
I really, truly love making things. Making my advent calendar this year was one of the highlights of the season, and creating this easy and beautiful gift seconds it. Compiling the fruit and spices into little glass jars with darling little labels was a gift to myself all on its own.
With that said, I made these without actually testing the recipe. I figured - hey, this will work right? I had some left over ingredients after making a few jars, and decided to give it a go. I thought that since the ingredients were dry, they probably wouldn't be as potent as my fresh stove top potpourri recipe. Well, I was very very wrong.
This recipe is truly fantastic, and just as wonderful as a fresh recipe. I was amazed by the lovely scent that has lasted for days. I let my potpourri sit for a few days before tossing it. By day two it doesn't look as pretty, but it still smells just as nice!
I cannot wait to give these as gifts. They are toxin free, which is a huge bonus, and they are very inexpensive to make. I plan on pairing them with turkish tea towels and a Christmas note. I hope you enjoy making these for your neighbors and friends! Don't forget to save a batch for yourself!
Dried Stove Top Potpourri
- Seasonal Fruit - I used persimmons and pomegranates, but apples, oranges, or lemons would work well too!
- Fresh Herbs - rosemary is my favorite!
- Whole All-Spice
- Whole Cloves
- Cinnamon Sticks
To prepare the potpourri:
Step 1: Slice fruit into uniform pieces. Place sliced fruit and herbs onto a lined baking sheet.
Step 2: Turn your oven to its lowest temperature, and dehydrate the fruit & herbs for 6-8 hours. Make sure the fruit is 100% dry because mold can grow if there is moisture still present.
Step 3: Remove from the oven, and save until you are ready to assemble the jars.
To prepare the jars:
Step 1: Print out the free labels, and using a paper trimmer, cut the strips of tags.
Step 2: Place a varying amount of dried fruit, herbs, cinnamon sticks, and spices into small glass jars until full.
Step 3: Cut rounds of kraft paper roughly 1" larger in diameter than the glass jars. Use a glue dot to secure the kraft paper to the lids.
Step 4: Use another glue dot to secure the tag to the kraft paper, and then add twine and other festive accessories to the jars. Enjoy gifting these to neighbors and friends!