Best Rose Variety To Dry:
Regular readers of this blog will know that I am partial to the smell of roses as I keep making almost all my preparations with them. The reason I am this addicted to the smell of roses is because of the smell of paneer variety roses.
They don’t look pretty like regular roses but their amazingly sweet, fresh fragrance is so very divine. Since paneer variety roses are easy to grow almost all the homes in our village side used to have paneer roses but now it is not as commonly seen as before.
I always use only paneer variety roses for drying if I am planning to use for skin care, hair care and for making tea. I prefer to collect my rose petals from my own garden as I am very particular about using pesticide free roses. I collect fresh petals and shade dry them and store for future use. But if you are planning to use it for decorations, you can use any rose variety that you prefer.
6 Top Ways To Dry Rose Petals At Home:
1. Drying Rose Petals Using Oven:
2. Drying Rose Petals Using Microwave:
3. Drying Rose Petals Using Dehydrator:
4. Drying Rose Petal Under Sun:
Drying rose petals can be done very easily if you get plenty of sun in the place you live. To dry rose petals using sun light, spread a layer of fresh plucked rose petals in a single layer in a large plate, cover it with a thin mesh to prevent dust settling and place it in a place where we get partial sunlight and sundry till the moisture content is fully evaporated. Let cool and store in an airtight bottle and use when necessary.
5. Drying Rose Petals Using A Book:
I am sure most of us would have tried this method of placing flowers inside books to dry them when we were young, Before using a book to dry petals, please remember that roses can stain the pages of your book. This method is perfect for drying both whole roses and individual petals, the best thing the petals maintain their shape but in a flat form. This method is best for drying rose petals for using in potpourri.
To dry, place completely dried rose petals or whole roses in between two white sheets in the shape you want and weigh it down using some large books. Leave it on for a few weeks and your dried rose petals and flowers will be ready. Just make sure the rose petals does not have any moisture else they will mould easily.
6. Drying Rose Petals Using Silica Gel:
Using silica gel is an another method to dry rose petals while still maintaining their original shape and color for using in decorations. They look almost like the fresh lowers. To dry rose petals using silica gel, place a thin layer of silica gel in a box, place the roses or rose petals that need to be dried.
Pour silica gel over the rose petals till they are fully covered with the silica. Now place this box uncovered in a cupboard and wait for 2 or 3 weeks till the flowers are completely. We get silica gel that changes color once the flowers are completely dry so it is a good indicator that the process in complete.
Once dry, remove the silica gently and remove the rose petals or whole roses. Now you can store them in boxes with silica gel spread out on the bottom and use it for decorations whenever necessary. We can reuse silica gel to dry roses again.
What To Do With Dried Rose Petals?
How Long Do Dried Rose Petals Last
How to Dry Rose Petals?
I have given the method for drying rose petals using sunlight but this applies to all the above mentioned methods. The few thing to keep in mind while drying is to dry the petals while still fresh and make sure there is no moisture at all especially if you are using book and silical gel to dry rose petals. Finally make sure to dry rose petals to dry them till crisp….
1. Collect fresh roses early in the morning. Remove the petals separately from the flowers.
2. Place the rose petals on a cotton cloth to absorb any moisture on top of the petals completely and spread them in a single layer on a plate.
3.The real trick is where we are placing the rose petals. If we keep it under direct sunlight they lose their beautiful color. I prefer to shade dry them somewhere close to the place where we get direct sunlight.
This way it dries very quickly and there is very little loss of color. Make sure to turn the petals and dry them on the other side too. The petals should sound dry when touched but still retain their color and fragrance.
4. I like to store the dried petals in a tightly capped glass jar. The last time I made dried rose petals it lasted well for few weeks. The petals start losing their color the longer they are stored in the bottle but still you can use them.
- You can also make rose tea out of these dried petals, they taste heavenly.
- The rose petals last well for about a few weeks after that it starts losing it’s color and fragrance.
- If you dry the rose petals and freeze them, they really last longer.
- If you are drying in the oven do it in low to medium temperature.
- There should not be any moisture in the petals else they will spoil easily…
- Though you don’t need direct sunlight, drying rose petals is best done in summer.