GIVE THE SCENT OF THE HOLIDAY SEASON!
Bring this jar simmering spices hostess gift to your next party! Simply add water! OR… Are you having a holiday party? Make some for yourself and fill your home with the cozy smells of winter.
Simmering Spices Hostess Gift Recipe
4 oranges – rind only -dried (directions below)
4 apple, sliced to 1/4-inch-dried (directions below)
1/4 ounce whole cloves
5 cinnamon sticks
NOTE: once the Christmas trees come out I also add fresh sprigs of pine to the pot.
DRYING FRUIT: Oranges: With a small sharp knife peel the rind from the orange and cut into 2 inch strips. Place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and in a preheated oven of 250 degrees leave the fruit in the oven for 2 hours or until when squeezed no moisture comes from the fruit. Apples: Slice into 1/4-inch slices and follow the same directions for the orange pieces.
Now you are ready to fill your jar (I used a quart sized pickle jar). Layer your fruit and spices.
There are two ways to use the simmering spices. You can either put some in a small pot, fill with water and simmer on the stove top or you can put all the simmering spices in a small crock pot, fill with water and simmer with the worries of your pot going dry.
Using your crock pot: Place all the simmering spices into a small crock pot, fill with water, turn on high with the lid on. Once the water has come up to temperature take off the lid. Your house will be smell like you have been baking all day!
NOTE: The simmering spices lasted 4 days at 6 hours each. Once I was done with it for the day, I took it out of the crock pot shell to cool, then covered with the lid and placed it in the refrigerator. The next day I placed the pot back into a COLD crock pot, turned it on high, covered, uncovered when the liquid got hot and simmered for another 6 hours. I did this for 4 days.
NOTE: To keep the cost down I bought this brand of spices.