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How to Make Your Own Rose Water

Be sure you have a brick and heat-safe stainless steel or glass quart bowl ready before you begin.

Ingredients:
2-3 quarts fresh roses or rose petals
Water
Ice cubes or crushed ice

1. In the center of a large pot (the speckled blue canning pots are ideal) with an inverted lid (a rounded lid), place a fireplace brick. On top of the brick place the bowl. Put the roses in the pot; add enough flowers to reach the top of the brick. Pour in just enough water to cover the roses. The water should be just above the top of the brick.

2. Place the lid upside down on the pot. Turn on the stove and bring the water to a rolling boil, then lower heat to a slow steady simmer. As soon as the water begins to boil, toss two or three trays of ice cubes (or a bag of ice) on top of the lid.

3. You’ve now created a home still! As the water boils the steam rises, hits the top of the cold lid, and condenses. As it condenses it flows to the center of the lid and drops into the bowl. Every 20 minutes, quickly lift the lid and take out a tablespoon or two of the rose water. It’s time to stop when you have between a pint and a quart of water that smells and tastes strongly like roses.

Adapted from Rosemary Gladstar’s Herbs for Natural Beauty, by Rosemary Gladstar.

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12:12AM PDT on Mar 31, 2014

The information in this blog is extremely useful for the people.
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9:02AM PST on Mar 5, 2014

Thank you Annie.

12:58PM PST on Jan 29, 2014

I want to do this!

3:33PM PST on Jan 23, 2014

Love rose water. Have used it for years. A friend makes rose water cookies. So very very good.

1:26PM PST on Jan 11, 2014

Thank you.

9:02AM PST on Jan 9, 2014


friv 2 Still I feel it is a pity to collect the roses flowering in my garden. I will rather let them be and enjoy their beauty as long as it lasts.

8:53AM PST on Jan 1, 2014

Thanks for sharing.

8:32AM PST on Dec 24, 2013

Still I feel it is a pity to collect the roses flowering in my garden. I will rather let them be and enjoy their beauty as long as it lasts.

5:58AM PST on Dec 24, 2013

Thanks for the info!

4:08AM PST on Dec 4, 2013

would like to try this

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