You will love this citrus mint simmer pot recipe for it’s fresh ingredients and how easy it is to make. It is a great way to enjoy the end of the winter months as we transition to spring. We are using seasonal ingredients like lemons, limes, oranges. Fresh herbs such as mint makes this recipe the perfect natural air freshener to get you in the mood for a spring deep clean.

citrus fruit slices and fresh mint in a dutch oven ready for water to simmer on the stovetop.

Reasons to Try This Simmer Pot Recipe

  • It produces a fresh scent of citrus fruit, perfect to simmer while spring cleaning.
  • Simmer pots are a great alternative to synthetic air fresheners and candles. It a more natural way of making the whole house smell fresh like spring.
  • It’s cheap! It takes just a few simple ingredients to make this easy recipe.

Tips

  • Use fresh citrus fruits and mint for the most potent aroma. Older fruits might not release as much scent.
  • If possible, opt for organic fruits since they’ll be simmered with their peels on, minimizing exposure to pesticides.
  • Keep the simmer low. You want to gently release the fragrances without boiling away the water too quickly or risking damage to your pot.
  • Regularly check the water level in your pot. If it gets too low, the ingredients can scorch, creating an unpleasant smell and posing a fire hazard.
  • The simmer pot mixture can often be used for 2-3 days. Just let it cool, cover, and refrigerate between uses. Add more water as needed when reheating.
  • Never leave a simmer pot unattended on the stove. Always turn off the heat if you need to leave the house or go to bed.

citrus mint simmer pot ingredients laid out on a striped kitchen towel.

Needed Equipment

  • Small to medium pot or dutch oven
  • Cutting board
  • Knife

Ingredients

  • Lemon: washed and sliced
  • Lime: sliced and washed
  • Orange: sliced and washed
  • Mint leaves: Fresh

freshly sliced limes on a wooden cutting board with a simmer pot in teh background

Step-by-Step Instructions

  1. Prepare the Ingredients: Wash the lemon, lime, and orange thoroughly. Slice them into rounds, keeping the peel on to release the essential oils. Rinse the mint leaves to remove any dirt.
  2. Assemble the Simmer Pot: In your pot, combine the sliced lemon, lime, and orange. Add the fresh mint leaves on top.
  3. Fill the Pot with Water: Pour enough water into the pot to cover the ingredients. For a small pot, start with about 2-3 cups of water.
  4. Bring to a Simmer: Place the pot on the stove and bring the water to a gentle simmer over low heat.
  5. Maintain the Simmer: Let the pot simmer uncovered, checking periodically to ensure there is still water in the pot. Top off with more water as needed to prevent the ingredients from burning. You can let it simmer for a few hours, just make sure to keep an eye on the water level.
  6. Storage: Once you’re done, you can store the cooled ingredients in a container in the refrigerator and reuse them one more time within the next day or two.

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Citrus Mint Simmer Pot Recipe

You will love this citrus mint simmer pot recipe for it’s fresh ingredients and how easy it is to make.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time2 hours
Servings1 pot

Equipment

  • Small saucepan or dutch oven
  • Sharp knife
  • Cutting board

Ingredients  

  • 1 lemon sliced
  • 1 lime sliced
  • 1 orange sliced
  • 1-2 mint sprigs

Instructions 

  1. Prepare the Ingredients: Wash the lemon, lime, and orange thoroughly. Slice them into rounds, keeping the peel on to release the essential oils. Rinse the mint leaves to remove any dirt.
  2. Assemble the Simmer Pot: In your pot, combine the sliced lemon, lime, and orange. Add the fresh mint leaves on top.
  3. Fill the Pot with Water: Pour enough water into the pot to cover the ingredients. For a small pot, start with about 2-3 cups of water.
  4. Bring to a Simmer: Place the pot on the stove and bring the water to a gentle simmer over low heat.
  5. Maintain the Simmer: Let the pot simmer uncovered, checking periodically to ensure there is still water in the pot. Top off with more water as needed to prevent the ingredients from burning. You can let it simmer for a few hours, just make sure to keep an eye on the water level.
  6. Storage: Once you’re done, you can store the cooled ingredients in a container in the refrigerator and reuse them one more time within the next day or two.

Notes

  • Use fresh citrus fruits and mint for the most potent aroma. Older fruits might not release as much scent.
  • If possible, opt for organic fruits since they’ll be simmered with their peels on, minimizing exposure to pesticides.
  • Keep the simmer low. You want to gently release the fragrances without boiling away the water too quickly or risking damage to your pot.
  • Regularly check the water level in your pot. If it gets too low, the ingredients can scorch, creating an unpleasant smell and posing a fire hazard.
  • The simmer pot mixture can often be used for 2-3 days. Just let it cool, cover, and refrigerate between uses. Add more water as needed when reheating.
  • Never leave a simmer pot unattended on the stove. Always turn off the heat if you need to leave the house or go to bed.

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