Do you ever walk into the craft store and say “Hey! That smells delicious! What is that?”
It’s probably those cinnamon-infused pinecones that I always see there. I love the smell of cinnamon, but I think that those pine cones are a little weird and have too strong of a smell. If you love the cinnamon smell, but prefer something a little lighter that will still make your entire house smell delicious, then try a simmer pot!
Making a simmer pot using a crock pot/slow cooker is easy and you can let it simmer all day without even having to watch it, other than to just check in occasionally to make sure that it doesn’t need any more water. I don’t feel that this method spreads around as much scent as if you were to use a pot on the stove, but it’s the only way to go if you have any safety concerns about the stove method.
And let’s face it, if you lead a hectic life like I do, you might even accidentally forget that you have a pot simmering on the stove. Then your house might burn down, and hey, that would solve your problem about a stinky house, though, wouldn’t it?
As for what to put in the simmer pot – it’s up to you! I will include a list of some possibilities, mix and match the ingredients as you see fit.
- dried orange peel
- cinnamon sticks
- cardamom pods
- fresh ginger
- star anise
- vanilla bean
- bay leaf
- Using a small crock pot, I typically put in some apple slices/cores, 5-10 cloves, a splash of imitation vanilla, some clementine peels, and a crap-load of cinnamon.
- After the ingredients are added I fill the crock pot halfway with water, put the lid on, and turn it on high setting.
- When the lid starts to get a little steamy-looking I take the lid off and turn the crock pot to the low setting.
- You can let it simmer as long as you want – I usually leave it for a few hours and then turn it off before I start making dinner so the smells don’t get mixed-up. Just be sure to check it periodically to make sure that it still has plenty of water.
- I try to keep the crock pot somewhere between 1/3-1/2 full of water at all times. It’s safer to have too much water than not enough.
- When I add more water I run the faucet until the water is hot, and then just fill up a mug or measuring cup with hot water and dump it into the crock pot.
Enjoy your delicious-smelling house!