Easy and Fragrant Orange-Clove Pomanders
The directions don't explain how to make the pomanders in the picture. How are the furrows made?
My grandma taught me how to make pomanders when I was little - we always put them in a paper bag with Orris Root powder and Cinnamon to dry them out...Orris Root is quite fragrant. I made one with my daughter about 12 years ago...it hangs in my sewing room and still smells lovely.
I made these and the cloves bled under the skin of the orange, causing brown discoloration. I used clementines. What went wrong?
Hi, Sharon. the problem may have occurred because you used clementines. They are not as firm as oranges. Think about how much easier a clementine is to peel than an orange.
My Mother in law made and gave one in the nineteen seventies which I had hanging in my wardrobe up until recently well 2019 and it was just wonderful And I never got moths or such like get into my clothes & fabrics.
Over the weekend I am going to make for daughters and granddaughters who have been having trouble with I believe which seem to bad at the moment. Looks and smells great too and was a nice reminder of a lovely lady when I opened the door.
Covering a medium orange entirely with cloves can make a fabulous Pomander ball. Years ago I worked on an orange with some whole cloves. It took lots of cloves to entirely cover the orange. I inserted them as close to each other as possible. Using a thimble is a good idea and I used nice looking whole cloves. I set the orange in a small cardboard box with some paper towels scrunched around it and actually forgot about it. About six months later I found it again.
WOW it smelled so wonderful. I put the orange in a small organdy sachet bag and then into the back of my linen closet. Twenty years later when I moved I found it again and it still smelled fabulous. It was totally hard and dry. I still use it in my sewing basket and it is in perfect condition. So have fun and the work to make one is worth it.
I LOVE these things! I 1st made them at a friends birthday party to give to our parents. It held up amazingly and it hung in their closet for a LONG time. When I tried to make them later in life to give with Christmas gifts I was never successful as they'd wind up getting moldy. Wonder what I did wrong? I want to get it right because I do love them. What's more festive than the scent of orange & clove around the holidays? Plus, they look festive too and are cheap to make with easy to find ingredients. I love the idea of having them in a bowl, would be a great centerpiece for Thanksgiving or Christmas. I always did the red ribbon to hang.
I remember making the pomanders when I was a child in the 50's. My mom told stories of them being a favorite of her mom, They used so many natural decorations and the fruits and vegetables right off our farm. What great and meaning days!!