When I was a kid I loved pressing flowers in books and then decorating with them later. I recently decided to take up my old hobby. The only problem with that is, I know I'll forget about at least half of them. It'll be an adorable surprise when I find them later, but what if there's something I want to make with rose petals in the foreseeable future? Well, turns out you can dehydrate rose petals without a proper dehydrator in about 30 minutes.
There are lots of things you can make with them, potpourri, tea, rose water, beauty products and they have a bunch of medicinal benefits — check the varieties to find out what they're used for. Also, always be mindful that way they're grown plays a factor, pesticides and sprays can negate some of the benefits.
Here's what you'll need:
- Rose petals
- Metal pan
- Preheat your oven to 140 degrees or the warm setting.
- Carefully remove the petals from the flower starting with the outer layer. This is easier with mature flowers, but can be done with rose buds.
- Spred them across a metal pan in a thin layer.
- Place them in the over rotating every 10 minutes to make sure they don't get burned or stick to the pan too much.
- After 30 minutes take your pan out of the oven and let your rose petals cool.
- You can store the in a sachet, an open bowl, canister or mason jar.