don’t eat this

let it cook

Ok, I’m sure you probably could eat this. It’s all things that you would eat anyway, but you probably don’t want to. When it’s cooked down it just becomes a mushy mess. But, my goodness, does this make your house smell nice.

It always seems that, once the December holidays are over, the rest of the winter just drags on. Sometimes it’s nice to have your house feel a little festive and wintery still. I put these simple things together on the stove while I’m going about my day and it makes our house smell amazing. It’s a great way to do soemthing extra with all the rinds from those easy to peel clementines that we all eat during winter. Truth be told, I bought a bag of small tangerines recently that were impossible to peel and I just quartered them and tossed them in some water and it made this smell even better. So enjoy some citrus and use the rind for a little extra happiness.


stovetop potpourri
printer-friendly recipe
makes 1 batch

4 cups of water
Rind of 2-3 oranges, clementines or satsumas
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon or 1 cinnamon stick
4-5 whole cloves
5 cardamom pods (optional)

Place all of the ingredients in a small saucepan and set to low. Bring it to a simmer and let it cook, adding more water when the levels get low, as long as you’d like your house to keep smelling nice.


About Jessica

New Yorker, coffee addict, cook, blogger, baker of delicious things.
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5 Responses to don’t eat this

  1. Mom says:

    Where did you find clementines with the leaves still attached?

  2. kncaballero says:

    Just did this with navel oranges…divine…

  3. Karina says:

    I freeze peels and past-their-prime citrus for this, for deodorizing the disposal, and for cleaning kitchen rags (which I boil with baking soda, dishwashing liquid and vinegar)

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