Recycling Old Potpourri

The other day I was about to throw out some old potpourri which had nearly lost its original scent. Suddenly, I had an idea. Why not recycle this dry potpourri by turning it into a simmering potpourri? I placed the potpourri in a saucepan with enough water to cover it. When simmered over low heat, the old dry potpourri came to life and filled my kitchen with a delightful fragrance!

This technique works best with potpourri made with quality ingredients that are naturally fragrant such as rose petals, lavender, cinnamon bark, patchouli, and citrus peel. Large wood shavings or other unscented botanical materials used in cheap potpourri look pretty but soon lose their sprayed-on fragrance.

Since the ingredients will be resistant to wetting, you may need at first to estimate the amount of water needed. Stir the mix every 15 minutes until everything is underwater. When done for the day, don’t throw the potpourri out. Store the liquid mix in a non-reactive container in the refrigerator and reheat it another day! Make sure it is clearly labeled so that family members won’t accidentally sample it. Keep out of reach of small children as some potpourri ingredients are toxic.

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— Jack London

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