Monday, October 31, 2011

Homemade Potpourri...Just in time for the upcoming Holidays!


You will need:

1 Orange-sliced into rings

1 large piece Fresh Ginger (about ½ a cup when chopped up)

Freshly dried Tarragon sprigs

Freshly dried Lavender sprigs

3 lemons-sliced into rings

Small pinecones

Whole Cinnamon sticks

2 Medium Red Apples-cored and sliced into rings

½ cup Whole Cloves

Begin by slicing your fruit into rings. Put onto paper towels to allow any juice to drip. Cut your fresh ginger into very small cubes. If you have a food dehydrator, you can process the fruit according to the directions on your processor. You want all of the moisture removed so that it prevents molding, but not to where your fruit rings are unrecognizable. You still want them to look pretty.

Place the fruit onto parchment paper. If you don’t have a dehydrator, you can also set your oven or toaster oven on low (about 275 degrees), and get them to the same dried state.

Once you have processed all your fruit, dry your herbs. I used the herbs from my garden from this summer that were left over when I had to pull up the garden in the fall. Nothing goes to waste!

Now, combine all of the fruit, dried herbs, and remaining ingredients together. It smells wonderful! I put mine into small cheesecloth satchels, so that we can use them to put inside our drawers. They also make a nice cute gift for the holidays. I tied cute ribbon around the tops.

**Variation-remove the herbs & boil the potpourri on low over a stovetop and your kitchen will smell amazing!


  1. This is so awesome! I would have never thought to make my own potpourri but I love this!

  2. Thanks..great way to use old apples and oranges, and left over herbs.