How To Dry Rose Petals Fast & Use For Potpourri, Tea & Wedding Confetti

One of the blog readers asked me how to dry and store rose petals for a long time so I thought I will do a brief post about it. The main thing to note when drying rose petals is to collect them fresh early in the morning and always collect only the fresh roses not the ones that are wilted as the fresh roses have the best fragrance and beautiful pink color. How we dry our rose petals are also important, we can do them in six ways depending on what you want to use the rose petals for. The type of roses also matter if you want the dried rose petals to smell amazing.

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:

The first method is to dry the rose petals in the oven, to do that just spread the rose petals in a single layer in a baking sheet and bake in a low temperature, fan assisted ovens will dry them faster and evenly. If you bake them at higher temperatures, the color of the rose petals will change and they also will burn fast.

2. Drying Rose Petals Using Microwave:

The second method is by using microwave. To dry rose petals in microwave, spread the rose petals in a thin layer on a paper towel lined plate. Now microwave at high for 60 seconds first, if there is moisture left, continue to heat in 30 seconds intervals till there is no moisture left. Once there is no moisture left, let cool completely and store in an airtight box.

3. Drying Rose Petals Using Dehydrator:

The second method is by using the dehydrator. If you have a dehydrator at home, you can dry almost every thing very easily including dried rose petals. To use, first remove any extra moisture from the rose petals by pressing them with a soft cloth, now spread the rose petals in a single layer without the petals over lapping. Set the dehydrator to the lowest setting and dry till there is no moisture left.

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?

Dried rose petals have wonderful uses and if you have them at home, you can make wonderful things with them. They can be used in potpourri, cooking, soap making, in cake decorations, as a wedding confetti, for making rose tea and of course the amount of skin and hair preparations you can do with them are endless. I have many recipes using dried rose petals in the blog, check them out.

How Long Do Dried Rose Petals Last

You can also freeze the dried rose petals and store for months together. To freeze, spread the dried rose petals on a sheet, freeze and store. Next time you have lot of rose petals hand, try drying and storing them for future use, you will be very happy you did so…..

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….

METHOD:

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.

NOTES:

  • 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.

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3 Comments

  1. Coral crue
    November 6, 2015 / 8:03 pm

    i have roses, rose tea is a brilliant idea too. 🙂

  2. Anonymous
    June 5, 2017 / 8:08 pm

    1. Are there different variety of paneer rose?I got some rose from a flower seller who told its paneer, yet I have doubt. Mine are single (not fully double) meaning they have less petals and the central part of the flower is visible. They are intense bright pink. The center smells, yet the petals have no smell. I then let them dry out naturally indoors yet the petals don't smell either fresh or dried. The center smells like light rose scent. Is it possible this is a hybrid or not paneer or something else sold as paneer?2. How to determine we have original paneer?

  3. Radha
    May 10, 2018 / 6:35 am

    I found dried rose petals which appear like paneer, can you suggest how to safely consume them so the entire body gets cool? I can’t make gulkand because I don’t have proper sugar nor sunlight to do it….

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