Drying Rose Petals

on Food, Make  

In case you were wondering about the fate of those roses from earlier this week – they’ve been dried and squirrelled away for sprinkling on baked goods for a bit of colour.

Drying rose petals is actually quite easy, even without a dehydrator or other fancy equipment. I just plucked the petals and arranged them in a single layer on a paper towel, then microwaved in 20 second intervals until they were dry and crisp. My microwave has lost a lot of its power over the years so it took a good several minutes in total, but your mileage may vary. Make sure that there aren’t any water droplets from rain or morning dew on the petals, as they will burn spots into the delicate petals when microwaved.

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The petals turn a darker colour when dried; mine went from a light pink to a magenta. I made the mistake of leaving my first batch from a week ago in a jar near a window, and they faded to a sad yellowish colour. These guys are going to be living in darkness until I’m ready for them. I’ve seen rose petals used as decoration on cakes in cafes which look really stunning, so I’m trying to think of how I can use these ones. Maybe a project for this weekend?

I’m tempted to go around my neighbourhood with a pair of scissors to collect more colours…

 

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