Turning Roses Into Rose Water

Filed under: Recycling — Savvy Housekeeper at 12:56 pm on Monday, February 22, 2010

savvyhousekeeping turning valentine's day rose bouquet into rose water uses

As you can see, my Valentine’s Day roses are getting a bit peaked. I could throw them out, of course, but why would I do that when rose petals are so useful? So I will try rooting one of the white roses and then I will turn the rest of the roses into rose water.

Rose water is an insanely simple thing to make, and a great way to recycle the Valentine’s bouquet when it’s done. You end up with a great smelling, edible, soothing liquid that has all kinds of great uses. For example, you rose water can be used:

1. As A Skin Toner. Rose water is a natural, gentle, and free skin toner, great for sensitive skin.

2. To Make Linens Smell Nice. A spritz of rose water on lingerie, sheets, etc. can add an extra sweet-smelling touch. I have also heard of people ironing with rose water, although I have never tried it.

3. In The Bath. Put rose water directly in the bath or add it to bath salts.

4. In Desserts. Rose water is used in a lot of different desserts, from Rose Water Panna Cotta to Poached Pears in Rose Water to ice cream.

5. As A Drink. You can put it in cocktails (recipe coming soon) or put it in non-alcoholic drinks like lemonade.

OK, so how do you make rose water? Here’s the recipe:

Rose Water:

Ingredients:

    3 handfuls of rose petals, roughly the petals from 1 dozen roses
    1 liter water


Directions:

Put water and petals in a pot. Turn the stovetop to medium low heat and bring to a simmer. Continue to simmer the water on low heat, making sure to keep it under a boil, until the water has reduced by half and ther is a sweet rosey smell coming from the water.

Strain the petals from the water. Let the rose water cool and then transfer to an appropriate bottle for safe keeping. That’s it!

How do you use rose water?

ETA: It is possible there are pesticides on the roses, especially if they come from a florist. If this concerns you, do not eat the rose water.

6 Comments »

Comment by Kathy

February 22, 2010 @ 7:42 pm

Just a note of caution…If you don’t know for sure that your roses were grown in a pesticide free manner, I would not consume the rose water. :)

Comment by WolfSong

February 23, 2010 @ 5:57 am

I had the same thought as Kathy about pesticides. Most commercially grown roses are not grown pesticide free. However, your own home grown ones would be perfect for edible rose water-I like to spritz it on the dog. Yeah, she gets a wet dog smell, until she dries, then she smells like a rosy dog.

Some where I have a recipe where you can cook the petals down further and make beads from them for rosaries. I have an old rosary my grandmother made from rose petal beads 50 years ago, and it still has traces of rose scent to it.

Comment by Savvy Housekeeper

February 23, 2010 @ 9:05 am

Wolfsong, that’s a great idea, to spray it on the dog! I’m very curious about the beads. Are they soft? Hard?

Comment by Carla

February 24, 2010 @ 4:21 pm

Thank you for the recipe! I can buy rosewater at my healthfood store at a ridiculous price but refuse every time I see the price tag.

Comment by WolfSong

February 25, 2010 @ 1:52 pm

My beads are hard to the point of near crumbling, but, they are 50 years old. From what my mother remembers, when they are done fresh, they are firm, and dry out as time goes by. My mother remembers my grandmother making rose oil and rubbing it into the beads every few years-that may be why they still have a hint of rose scent to them.

I’ll dig out the recipe to make them, put it up on my blog, and post the link here for you to check them out.

Comment by Savvy Housekeeper

March 1, 2010 @ 9:00 am

Wolfsong, I would like that. Please do!

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