The roses in my garden are gorgeous, but they come quickly and bloom so rapidly. I can’t keep up. I hate to see them go to waste and love to extend their fragrant lives a little further. My favorite way to keep them around for an extended period of time is to dry rose petals. I like to keep dried rose petals in a bowl on my bathroom counter and use them for various crafts around the house.
Dried rose petals make a gorgeous natural potpourri, and I’ve even jarred them up to give away as gifts. I also love the rich colors that are achieved with drying rose petals, and it’s crazy-easy: You can dry them in the microwave. If you have roses in your garden or a bouquet of roses that you want to keep around for longer, here is how to dry rose petals the right way.
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- fresh roses in bloom
- garden shears
- paper towels
- microwave-safe plate
- cooking sheet or other drying surface
- glass jar with lid
Step 1: Start by using mature roses in full bloom. Cut them off the bush just as you would for a bouquet.
Step 2: Carefully pull the petals off right at the base of the stem. Discard the stem and leaves.
Step 3: Place the petals in a single layer on a paper towel–lined plate. Microwave on HIGH for sixty seconds.
Step 4: Here’s what they looked like after a minute. There was still quite a bit of moisture in the petals. Microwave on HIGH for an additional sixty seconds.
Step 5: Getting there! The larger petals needed a bit more nuking, so I microwaved them on HIGH for another thirty seconds.
Step 6: The petals are done when they are hardened and no moisture is left.
Step 7: Allow the petals to dry an additional twenty-four to forty-eight hours on a cookie sheet.
Step 8: Store in a covered jar until ready to use.
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