Dehydrate Rose Petals in the Oven

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
  • Oven 

Directions: 

  • 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. 
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