Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Friday, November 14, 2014

The Pomanders

The "clove oranges" that I started last weekend
are done

Television watching evenings are great to sit
and stick holes in oranges and insert cloves!

Today, I made the "marinade"

1/4 cup each:
ground cloves
ground nutmeg
ground allspice
and orris root

Mixed all together in a bowl

And then sprinkled on the oranges
in my largest bowl

Layers of spice mixture and oranges

Kept on a kitchen counter
So I can turn them and coat them in the spice mixture
For two weeks to a month
When they'll turn from clove studded oranges sprinkled with spice
Into hard pomanders!

Once hard, I'll either put in net and tie with ribbon
or tie with ribbon
To give as gifts or hang in closets

Their smell is heavenly!


Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

I keep meaning to try to make these. I like your post. How long do they last?

Bernideen said...

I came to copy this for when I get to retire. They look wonderful!

Elizabethd said...

The scent goes on and on. I still have one that my mother made for me,at least 20 years ago!

Elizabethd said...

The scent goes on and on. I still have one that my mother made for me,at least 20 years ago!

Liz@ HomeandGardeningWithLiz said...

Wow I bet they do smell divine!

Thistle Cove Farm said...

Visiting from, I think, NanaDiana and enjoying your blog...especially the Christmas prep. Wanted to say, my MIL's family is kin to Daniel Boone and Davy Crockett...MIL's middle name was Crockett and she was called Crock by family and close friends. Looking forward to your post on the house in Midwest.

bj said...

O, I've done the cloves into oranges for years but never even heard of your mixture to put on them and dry them. Can't wait to give it a try. Thanks for the tip.

Rhondi said...

I've wanted to make thise for years. Maybe this is the year!

megan said...

Thank you for that Martha, hope I get chance to do all the drying, I am still feeding my Christmas cake!! LOL

RachelD said...

I've ALWAYS wanted to do the whole orris-root/ginger thing with these, but we always ended up with just a few of the spices, after having poked cloves for an entire evening's entertainment.

We DO, however, have a tidy little packet of "beef suiet" in the fridge upstairs to start the Christmas Plum Pudding this afternoon. It will be our first from-scratch, gen-u-wine one, by heavens-to-Nigella. We're using Tawny Port and sultanas.


Kathleen Grace said...

I have made the studded oranges before, but I don't think I have ever gotten as far as the spice marinade! Thank you for the recipe, I am just certain these would smell heavenly :>)

Michelle said...

Hi Martha,
Your pomanders look lovely. Where do you find Orris Root? Do you have to order it online?