ORGANIC ROSE WATER
Whilst we look at Roses to beautify our gardens and homes, they also work well to make food items like Rose Jam/Jelly and Rose Water. Rose water has an antiseptic property so it is also good in cosmetic preparations. Here are 3 easy ways to give your roses a second life. Always make sure they are organically grown and scented, the colour is immaterial (except if you are making a rose jam/jelly).1) For the purest form of rosewater which you can use in sweets like Turkish Delight, Rice Puddings and Indian desserts:
- simply tie the roses and suspend in a jar.
- Place the jar (as in picture) in the sun for 3 to 5 days you will start to see the water from the roses condensing.
- Collect in a small bottle and place in the fridge as there are no preservatives.
- wash the petals
- place a ramekin in the middle of the pan
- place the petals around the ramekin
- pour in a litre of water
- cover with a lid (upside down) and put some ice cubes on the top
- when the ice melts add a second batch of ice cubes
- by the time your second batch of cubes melts you will have collected enough rose water in the ramekin.
- pour into a bottle and refrigerate.
- simply place petals in a bowl and pour a cup of boiling water over them.
- when cool strain
- add a few drops of Jojoba oil (if using for a facial spray) or Lavender oil (for a room freshener).
- pour into a spray bottle.