This time of year is always so busy for me, but it is my favorite time of the year! As many of you know, I do love my Scentsy warmers, but nothing quite smells as good as real fruit simmering in water on the stove. There are a multitude of simmering pot recipes out there, but this post came as a result of testing out a holiday gift idea for family acquaintances. You know, the neighbors, teachers, etc.
First, in order to preserve the fruit, I knew I needed to dehydrate it. However, I do not own a dehydrator, and I couldn't justify spending the money for one to make gifts. Not to mention, I really do not need another small kitchen appliance. This is how I did it, in the oven.
Gather your supplies. You'll need your fruit, in this case I did an apple and an orange. I used my mandolin slicer to slice them into even slices.
A few notes:
If you are doing this just for yourself, not gifts, you can skip the dehydration process. Just slice the fruit and throw it in the crockpot.
To package these up as gifts, put 2-3 slices of each dehydrated fruit, a stick of cinnamon and some whole cloves into a baggie, add a gift tag with instructions.
This will also work on the stove in a small pot of water. I prefer my crockpot, since I have two small children, and I do not like having my stove on constantly.
You can use the mixture for about a week. I usually do not use it for more than 3-4 days. Just keep adding water as necessary, then replace when the scent dissipates.