Apple Pie Potpourri (Non-Food)

READY IN: 8hrs 5mins
Recipe by MarthaStewartWanabe

When peeling apples for cooking/baking/snacking, don't discard the peels. Instead, multi-purpose them to make this aromatic potpourri that smells like a freshly-baked apple pie. Use it as a real estate selling tactic, to set the mood for a party or simply for your own enjoyment. It's easy to make and all-natural.

Top Review by DEEP336

I already do this, and it's wonderful, especially during the winter months. In winter, I have to add a bit of humidity to the air in my home, and this helps. One addition I do make to the "recipe", is that I also freeze my orange peels and add them to the mix.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 3 -4 apples, peels of
  • 3 cloves, whole (or 1/8 tsp. ground)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon, ground (or 1 cinnamon stick)
  • 18 teaspoon nutmeg, ground (or freshly ground)
  • 1 cup water


  1. Into a small crock pot, place apple peels, cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg.
  2. Pour water over all.
  3. Set on low heat for the entire day, checking the water level periodically to prevent burning.
  4. You can even enjoy it for one more day if you like. Just place the cooled mixture into a container, refrigerate and reheat another day (which is what I do often).

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