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Simmer Pot Recipe Ideas in Your Dutch Oven

Candles, plug-ins, and oil diffusers are all quick and easy ways to freshen up the aroma of your space. Unfortunately, you cannot rely on these products to be safe and toxin-free in your home. Switch to a cleaner way to freshen your home by creating your very own simmer pots. 


Simmer pots allow you to tailor the scents in your home down to the last drop. We don't expect you to come up with these recipes all on your own though. We have compiled a few of our own favorites for you to test. Adjust the ingredients as you like to find your perfect scent.


Start your simmer pot journey by furnishing your kitchen with one of our Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Ovens. Our 5.7 Qt Round Dutch Oven is the perfect size for a typical simmer pot. For smaller apartments, our 2.2 Qt Saucepan will do the job. Need a little more manpower? Fill up our 8 Qt Oval Dutch oven to truly get those fresh scents flowing in your space.


All you need to do is fill up your pot of choice with water, scatter your ingredients in the prettiest array, and let simmer for as long as you need. Our enameled cast iron Dutch ovens are perfect for simmer pots because of their amazing heat retention. This allows you to enjoy the scents without having your stove on the entire time. Other pots with less heat retention will require you to have your stove on for the entirety of the time you want to enjoy the aromas.


Try your favorite simmer pot recipes below and always remember that these are not for consumption!

1. Autumn Orange Simmer Pot

Simmer Pot with oranges and cinnamon sticks

Tea Recipe Ingredients

  • 2 oranges, sliced

  • Peels of 2 oranges

  • 6 cinnamon sticks

  • 2 tablespoons whole cloves

Recipe Directions

In your Larder & Vine Dutch oven, add water leaving about 1-inch of room at the top. Add all ingredients and let simmer to fill your space with Fall scents.

2. Lemon Rosemary Simmer Pot

Simmer pot in yellow dutch oven with lemons and rosemary

Ingredients

  • 2 lemons, sliced

  • 2 sprigs rosemary

  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Directions

In your Larder & Vine Dutch oven, add water leaving about 1-inch of room at the top. Add all ingredients and let simmer to fill your home with fresh and clean aromas.

Fall Apple Simmer Pot

simmer pot in green dutch oven

Ingredients

  • 1 apple, sliced

  • 1 orange, sliced

  • 3 cinnamon sticks

  • 1 tablespoon whole cloves

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

In your Larder & Vine Dutch oven, add water leaving about 1-inch of room at the top. Add all ingredients and let simmer to fill your space with Fall scents.

Cranberry Winter Simmer Pot

cranbery simmer pot in red dutch oven

Ingredients

  • 2+ cups cranberries

  • 1 orange, sliced

  • 3 cinnamon sticks

  • 1 teaspoon whole cloves

  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Directions

Fill your Larder & Vine Dutch oven with water, add the ingredients below and let simmer on your stovetop for as long as you want. In a matter of minutes, your home will be filled with sweet winter aromas

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