Make your home smell wonderful with dried herbs simmering on the stove or in an electric simmering pot. Choose the herbs according to the season. With Thanksgiving and Christmas upon us again, fill your home with warm delicious aromas of cinnamon, cloves, oranges, fennel seed, star anise, fir and needles, and pine needles.
Lavender flowers and rose petals are calming and smell lovely. Peppermint and Spearmint leaves are minty and refreshing. You get the picture? Experiment with your favorite herbs and spices.
There are several ways you can simmer your herbs. My favorite is an electric pot I’ve been using for a while. Pour it about half full with distilled or fresh water, add herbs, and plug it in. It slowly simmers all day, and the herbs can be reused another day. I prefer this method because I don’t have to watch it.
Another popular method is to simmer herbs on the stove. Using a old pot, fill half way with fresh water, add herbs, and simmer on low heat. You have to check the pot often because the water cooks down, and more has to be added.
Recipes is for one simmering, but may be used several days in a electric simmering pot. These recipes use dried whole herbs and spices, and orange peel ribbons. It makes it easier to clean out pot. You can use some fresh fruit and herbs if you wish.
You can also add fennel seeds, lemon peels, cranberries, apples, vanilla bean, pine needles, and whatever you can think up. Be creative!