Thursday, October 4, 2007

Holiday spice potpourri...

4 oranges...4 lemons...1/2 c. whole cloves...1/2 c. whole allspice...10 cinnamon sticks,broken...10 Bay leaves,crumbled...8 oz.decorated jelly jars with bands and lids.....Using a vegetable peeler,peel fruit carefully,removing only the peel,not any of the white pith.Cut or tear into one inch pieces.Spread peel on paper towel lined pan.Place in preheated oven to 175 or set oven to warm.Dry in oven for 1 1/2 hours,tossing occassionally.Peels should be leathery and or slightly crunchy.Spread peels on dry paper towels and let air dry for 24 hours.Combine with remaining ingredients.Fill jars with mixture,place lids on and screw bands on tightly.Yield: 3 or 4 half pint jars.To use:remove lid and leave band on for decoration to fragrance room or put one tbsp into a jar and fill jar with boiling water to release fragrance.

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