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Rose Water Recipe

How to Make Pure 100% Steam Distilled Rose Water

You'll Need:
  • Large pot with rounded lid
  • Fireplace brick
  • Glass or Stainless steal bowl - at least 1 quart
  • 2 - 3 quarts of fresh rose petals
  • Glass jar and/or decorative glass bottles
To Make:
  • Gather materials and at least 2 quarts of fresh rose petals.
  • Place the large pot on the stove and the brick inside the center of the pot.
  • Pour rose petals around brick.
  • Place glass or stainless steal bowl on top of brick.
  • Cover rose petals in water, barely covering the brick as well.
  • Cover with upside down lid and bring to a rolling boil.
  • Once boiling, fill the top of the upside down lid with ice cubes or a bag of ice.
  • Turn heat down just enough to keep a steady simmer.
  • The steam will condense when it hits the cold lid and drip down into the bowl.
  • The water in the bowl will be pure distilled rose water.
  • Every 20 minutes, quickly lift the lid and remove a couple tablespoons of the rose water, testing it's scent and taste.
  • It should smell and taste strongly of roses. If you simmer the roses and water too long, the rose water will begin to lose it's potency and you will be distilling plain water not rose water.
  • It's time to stop when you have between 1 pint and 1 quart of strong smelling, strong tasting rose water.
  • This took me about 1 hour.
  • My 2 quarts of packed rose petals gave me over 2 1/2 cups of pure rose water.
  • For a nice gift, pour rose water into clean decorative glass bottles with tight fitting lids.

    Note: You can give the rose water as is for a simple rose gift or you can make it into a delightful bath, body or facial concoction of some kind. Be sure to use only clean jars for storage and display.

Storage and Shelf Life: Refrigerate rose water or keep it in a cool place to increase the shelf life. Other ways to prolong your homemade rose water are to add a little bit of witch hazel, vodka or grape seed extract. You can also freeze it in ice cube trays, thawing out however much you need as you need it.

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