Today, in a world of artificial scents from sprays, candles, and oils, the Colonial version of pomanders is a wonderful, natural alternative. Their citrus/spicy scent is parrticulalry nice during the Christmas holidays, and they make lovely gifts for teachers, neighbors, and your favorite barista at Starbucks, but don't wait until the last minute to make them, because they require one or two weeks of drying time. Once dried/cured, they will last for several years.
ITEMS NEEDED TO MAKE POMANDERS:
* Oranges, apples, and/or lemons
* Cloves (Amount depends on how many you are making. They can be purchased in bulk,
but I had plenty left in the small can I used to make 9 pomanders.)
* Ice pick, toothpick, or other pointed tool
* Zester/scorer tool (mine is from Pampered Chef and it works beautifully)
|You might want to mark your design where the cloves will go.|
Depending on the size of your cloves, you will make the holes large enough to make them
easy to insert, but not so large that they won't stay in.
|You can also use a zester/scorer to make interesting designs before adding the cloves.|
|I like to save the zest "tendrils," because they will add interest to the final display.|
|Set the finished pomanders in a cool, dry place for one to two weeks.|
In colder climates the screend porch is a good place unless
it gets too cold, as they shouldn't freeze.
The garage is also a good option.
you gave them as gifts.