holiday scent blend for sachets

(Makes 6 - 12 sachets, depending on size)

 

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We created this holiday scent to fill our Running Stitch Sachets but if you’re in need of clearing the air before you get to the stitching project, you can simply fill this blend in muslin bags or small bowls.

MATERIALS 
2 three-inch knobs of fresh ginger (or 2 Tbsp dried minced ginger*)
2 navel oranges (or 1/3 cup coarsely ground dried orange peel*)
4 cardamom pods, crushed with mortar and pestle
3/4 cup dried lavender buds
6” cinnamon stick, coarsely ground
*Both can both be found at Penzeys Spices or penzeys.com, or follow the simple method below to make your own.

TOOLS
baking tray
parchment paper
spice grinder
mortar and pestle

METHOD
Because dried orange peel and dried minced ginger are not readily available in most grocery stores*, we provide instructions for how to prepare them here. 

Preheat oven to 200 degrees fahrenheit.  Line a baking tray with parchment paper.

Peel ginger with the edge of a spoon.  Slice into 1/8” pieces and then mince the slices.  Spread minced ginger onto one half of baking tray and place on middle rack of oven for 10 minutes.

Wash, dry and gently peel the skin of oranges using a vegetable peeler or sharp paring knife.  Avoid capturing the white pith in the peeler.  When the minced ginger has been in the oven for 10 minutes, add orange peels in a single layer on baking tray next to ginger.  Return sheet to middle rack and bake for another 30 minutes.  At this point, all should feel dry but might still be a bit pliable.  Turn oven off and allow peels and ginger to cool to room temperature while drying completely in the oven.  Remove when oven is cool.

When completely dehydrated, place dried orange peels into spice grinder and pulse until coarsely ground.  Place 1/3 cup of ground orange peels in a bowl along with 2 tablespoons of the dried minced ginger and the rest of the ingredients.  Stir to combine, adjusting ingredient proportions to your preference.

THOUGHTS
It’s important that the orange peel and ginger are dried completely to avoid getting moldy once they are captured inside the stitches of your sachets.  Stirring in a few drops of your favorite essential oil can boost the fragrance blend too.

For a simple tutorial on how to make these Running Stitch Sachets, click here.

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