Winter Simmer Pot
Being a California girl at heart, I haven't always appreciated the the change of seasons. For majority of my life I spent Los Angeles "winter" days walking along the pier in Santa Monica or the boardwalk of Venice Beach, and winter nights were spent watching street performers on 3rd Street Promenade. It wasn't until uprooted my life, and moved to the east coast, where I experienced-first hand- a change in seasons. My first experience of an east coast winter was memorable, but not in a good way. Imagine getting caught in a full blizzard while traveling from one state to the next via public transportation, and 7 months pregnant. Not the best way to welcome winter. But, as the blizzard settled and I was warm in our then apartment- I took one glimpse out the window and I was mesmerized. I had never seen anything like it...up close, and as cliché as it sounds, it was right out of a movie. And, since then I welcomed the slow change of seasons.
Winter, albeit not my favorite season, receives a warm reception upon its arrival. The wintery chill, the short days and long nights, bodies wrapped in cozy blankets, and the spicy and woodsy smell of simmer pots circling throughout the home is an quiet comfort that arrives at the end of each year.
In my home, making simmer pots has become a tradition to honor the winter months ahead. The earthy smell of pine or rosemary, paired with the sweet and spicy smells of orange, cranberry, cinnamon, and cloves are enough to get you excited for the cool of winter.
Winter Simmer Pot Recipe
2 Large oranges (sliced), lemons also are a great a addition
1 Bag of fresh cranberries
Fresh herbs of your choice (rosemary, thyme, sage, bay leaves, or edible pine needles)
Fresh ginger root (peeled and sliced)
Whole Spices (cloves, cinnamon sticks, all spice, nutmeg, and star anise)
Water (spring or filtered)
Place all the Ingredients in a pot, and cover all the ingredients with water.
Simmer on low heat. Add more water if needed. When finished using the simmer pot, cover and reuse again for up to three days.
If you use organic and edible ingredients, simmer pots can also be used to make an amazing tea. After the ingredients cool, strain the ingredients, put liquid in a mason jar (or container of your choice), and store in the refrigerator.
**Note: If using pine needles for you simmer pot make sure the needles are edible and safe for consumption if you plan to use the liquid for a tea. There are pine needles that are not safe for consumption and can be very toxic if consumed.
As always, love and live naturally.