This week, the temps started to drop and we only recently had our first frost here in Minnesota. It’s actually come pretty late this year and we haven’t even seen a flake of snow, yet! But, I am ready for fires, slippers, hot chocolate, and for the house to smell like fall. So, yesterday, I made up a simple fall simmer pot with what I had on hand.
I started by filling a 4 qt. dutch oven (THIS is the one I’m using) with water and then dropped anything in the simmer pot with a yummy, homey, fall scent. Sliced apples, cinnamon sticks (these were out of a Christmas decor bin from last year), fresh rosemary, and a few drops of clove essential oil. I thought I had some whole clove and all-spice, but I only had ground, so I just used what I had. It really is hard to go wrong with a simmer pot.
I put the fall simmer pot on low heat and let it fill the house with a delicious fragrance for a few hours. It lingers even after you turn the heat off. Just check it every hour or so and add more water to your simmer pot.
It will cook up like a rich, fragrant tea.
This fall simmer pot reminds me so much of spiced apples and now I need to buy a jar! We always had a jar of spiced apple rings instead of cranberries at Thanksgiving. I’m sure I could make them from scratch, but there is something nostalgic about the ones in a jar.
It could be a fun gift idea to give someone a dutch over and fill it with some fresh ingredients and a recipe card for making this simple fall simmer pot.
Of course, this fall simmer pot will work for winter, too. And, of course, you can swap any ingredients and use what you have or what you love. Some other great additions would be fragrant pines, oranges, cranberries, whole cloves, whole all-spice, star anise, and maybe even a vanilla bean.
Simple Fall & Winter Simmer Pot
- dutch oven
- 2 sliced apples
- 3 large cinnamon sticks
- 2 drops clove essential oil
- 1 bunch of fresh rosemary sprigs
- Fill the dutch oven with water
- Add all ingredients in any order
- Turn simmer pot on low for several hours. Check regularly and add more water as needed.
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