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How to Make Your Own Rose Water

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How to Make Your Own Rose Water

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.

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.

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.

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8:36AM PDT on Oct 5, 2014

Love it. Essential ingredient of mango lassi

5:08AM PDT on Oct 2, 2014

Thanks for sharing, will try it.

12:15PM PDT on Sep 22, 2014

Chris C. -- not a dumb question at all.
Bricks used in homebuilding will shatter under heat one experiences in a fireplace. Fireplace bricks have been tempered to be safe in that situation.

In this instance, the brick does 2 things: it raises the bowl off the bottom of the pan so it is not in contact with direct heat and it (the brick) helps to stabilize the heat reducing temperature fluctuations.

11:44AM PDT on Sep 22, 2014

Please can someone tell an English dummy...what is a fireplace brick, and why do you need one here? Do you heat it up first? I really want to try this as I use a lot of rosewater and it's so expensive!!! Thank you.

4:41AM PDT on Sep 16, 2014

When we treasure, everything is beautiful

4:12AM PDT on Sep 16, 2014

Thanks

9:31PM PDT on Jul 29, 2014

i think i will do this

12:02PM PDT on Jul 16, 2014

I can think of better things to do with my time.

2:37PM PDT on Jun 28, 2014

Ty

6:57PM PDT on Jun 19, 2014

This is great if you have lots of ice cubes in your freezer . Last time i did not so i did it the easier way which is to pack washed petals and some green tea in a glass jug till half full and pour boiling water on top cover and leave for 24 hour. I use this to make moistener and it worded will

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