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Offline LoveSunflowers

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Making Rose Water
« on: January 31, 2008, 05:59:54 AM »
I have a ton of old rose petals that I would like to use to make rose water. So, this morning I've been looking for recipes online. I figured I would post my search here in case anyone else is interested. 
I haven't tried any of these yet but will post when I do. :)

Adapted from Rosemary Gladstar's Herbs for Natural Beauty, by Rosemary Gladstar.

Rose water is used in cosmetics for its lovely scent, but also because it has light astringent properties. As the gentlest of all astringents, rose water is often used as toner for fair and dry skin.
SIMPLE SOLUTION:  You must be careful when purchasing rose water to buy only the 100 percent pure form. Often what is available in pharmacies and even some natural food stores is synthetic rose oil and water with preservatives added. Pure rose water is the distilled water of roses. It is usually made by stream distillation, and it smells heavenly and tastes delicious.

Availability: Besides health food stores and herb stores, you can often find rose water in delicatessens; it is used as a flavoring in fancy Greek pastries, puddings, and cakes.

Rose Water, Method No. 1

This recipe is the more traditional way to prepare rose water. Though it's a little more involved, its fun to do and the results are outstanding. You can make a quart of excellent-quality rose water in about 40 minutes. However, if you simmer the water too long, you will continue to produce distilled water but the rose essence will become diluted. Your rose water will smell more like plain distilled water, rather than the heavenly scent of roses.

Be sure you have a brick and heat-safe stainless steel or glass quart bowl ready before you begin.

2-3 quarts fresh roses or rose petals
Ice cubes or crushed ice

1. In the center of a large pot (the speckled blue canning pots are ideal) with an inverted lid (a rounded lid), place a fireplace brick. On top of the brick place the bowl. Put the roses in the pot; add enough flowers to reach the top of the brick. Pour in just enough water to cover the roses. The water should be just above the top of the brick.

2. Place the lid upside down on the pot. Turn on the stove and bring the water to a rolling boil, then lower heat to a slow steady simmer. As soon as the water begins to boil, toss two or three trays of ice cubes (or a bag of ice) on top of the lid.

3. You've now created a home still! As the water boils the steam rises, hits the top of the cold lid, and condenses. As it condenses it flows to the center of the lid and drops into the bowl. Every 20 minutes, quickly lift the lid and take out a tablespoon or two of the rose water. It's time to stop when you have between a pint and a quart of water that smells and tastes strongly like roses.

Here are my foolproof instructions for making rosewater:

If possible, it is always best to make rosewater from freshly picked roses from your own garden.  I have grown rose bushes for many years and with the right care they are a hardy, fruitful  plant.

However, if you lack the time or space, ask your local florist to give you a call when they receive a fresh shipment.  Thoroughly rinse in cool water any rose petals that you have not grown yourself to remove any pesticides.

Alternatively, you could use rose hips or rose otto essential oil.  Rose Hips and rose essential oil also makes a high quality rosewater product.  Attar of Roses can also be used.  Click here to go to that recipe.

If you use rose otto essential oil just add about 4 drops of the essential oil to 8 ounces of spring water and refridgerate.

Roses have three, outer, protective petals.  These petals are normally removed when the roses are being used for a bouquet - the roses open more fully without the outer petals.  However, these petals are thick and contain a lot of essence.  If you get your roses from a florist make sure they do not remove these petals prior to selling you the roses.

Assemble the supplies:

    * Depending on the size of your roses, between three and five roses (or about 5 rose hips).
    * 2 cups of spring water
    * Heat resistant glass bowl and cover.  A glass bowl with an indentation on one side for pouring is the easiest to use.
    * Wide mouthed glass jar
    * Cheesecloth, cotton gauze or kitchen strainer.

 Then do the following:

   1. Pluck the roses to gather one, packed cup of rose petals.
   2. Put the roses petals (or rose hips) in a heat resistant glass bowl and cover with two cups of boiling water.
   3. Cover the bowl with a plate or cover to a pot.  Let the rose mixture sit for about 20 - 30 minutes.
   4. After 20 - 30 minutes has elapsed, pour the water into the wide mouth glass jar using either the cheesecloth or kitchen strainer to collect the rose petals.
   5. Discard the rose petals.
   6. After the rosewater has cooled you can add 1 tablespoon of alcohol, such as vodka, to the water as a preservative - shake to mix.   Your rosewater will keep for about 4 weeks - longer if you store it in a refridgerator.
   7. If you prefer to not add the alcohol as a preservative, your rosewater will keep for about 7 - 10 days.

Mix the rosewater with glycerin in a 50/50 mix and put the rosewater in a pretty bottle for a gift.

It can be stored in a plastic spray bottle for a refreshing mist.  This is a wonderful way to keep your skin hydrated while flying.

Offline LoveSunflowers

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Re: Making Rose Water
« Reply #1 on: January 31, 2008, 06:02:33 AM »

3 large handfuls of petals from fresh red roses
1 liter distilled water
A sterile bottle to keep your rosewater
A clean pot with a lid and a source of heat

Put 3 large handfuls of petals into the clean pot. Pour the water over the rose petals, cover the pot, and place it over low heat. Let it simmer until half the water is left, then let it cool. Discard the petals, pour your rosewater into a pretty bottle of your choice. Spray on your hair, your clothes,and even put a little in your bathwater!

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Re: Making Rose Water
« Reply #2 on: January 31, 2008, 06:04:37 AM »
Okay, here is my last, I'm done for now, I have to go strain my cottage cheese. :) If anyone else has a recipe that is tried and try, I'd love to hear it!  ;)

How To Make Rosewater and Rosewater Toner

During the feasts of Roman Emperor Nero, guests lounged on pillows stuffed with rose petals, gazed upon fountains which flung up rose water, bathed in marble-lined pools filled with rose-perfumed waters, quaffed rose wine and indulged in rose pudding for dessert.

Gather about 2 lbs. of scented petals before they fall. The fresher the better. The actual ratio of Roses to water depends on the
color and fragrance desired. You can start with about 2 cups of rose petals firmly packed to a litre of water. Place in an enamel saucepan or preferably earthenware pan. Cover with cold soft water (preferably rainwater, or bottled water).Bring almost to a boil. Let cool. Strain. Be careful not to scorch. Red Roses cause the water to turn a pale pink. Other color roses turn the water a brownish yellow muddy color. The water will remain scented for a good two days. Refrigerated it lasts longer.


3/4 cup Rose Water
6 drops Glycerine
2/3 cups Witch Hazel
Just blend and shake well.

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Re: Making Rose Water
« Reply #3 on: June 16, 2009, 02:21:36 AM »
can you freeze the rose water for later use???