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#1 of 7 Old 01-10-2008, 05:47 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I have this very small potpourri crock pot and I had an idea to do dried orange peels (since my kids eat a lot of oranges) and throw in a cinnamon stick. Maybe buying some whole cloves too. I'm wondering if this is a good mixture to do and also how to properly dry out the orange peels. In my house and this climate I'm pretty sure they'll start to mold if I just try to leave them out. I do have an electric plug in heater but is that totally wastful (as wasteful as plugging in a little crockpot for potpourri? ).

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My grandmother used to make just the mixture you were talking about and it smelled wonderful.

Could you put them on a cookie sheet when you are pre-heating an oven? Or even do a dedicated oven session at 175 degrees or so and do a big batch?

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Thank you for your reply. That is a great idea and I'm glad to you know that your grandmother used to make it and it smelled great. I can't wait. I'll post again and let you know how it turned out.
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I dried mine in the oven on 175 and it worked great. I boiled them in a pot with a few cloves and a cinnamon stick--great smell plus some added humidity to our super-dry house.
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i put some on top of the oven while i was cooking food in it. it worked pretty well. then i tossed them in the trash can under the bag. lol. I should throw in some cinnamon!

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This is a great idea!!!!! I think I'll try boiling them on our woodstove this winter and then try drying them out in the summer.
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Yep, my parents did this every winter because the air was so dry. The smell always brings me back home!
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