The scent of roses from the garden over the last few days was reminding me that if I wanted to try to make some rose water this year that the time was now.
Rose water is something that I love mostly as the scent of roses is one of my favourites, especially the highly perfumed old fashioned shrub roses
Having come across a recipe about a year prior from a Moroccan recipe book for rose water and almond biscuits, the idea of using flower water in baking,was so new to me at the time- I loved the result, being able to taste the scent of roses!
I have come across a fun and easy method of making rose water using ice cubes
I followed the recipe from https://www.alphafoodie.com/organic-rose-water/
I improvised when it came to the saucepan, using one of our own with a glass lid as I thought it would also be nice to see the process through the glass. I discovered later that there was a steam hole in the glass lid which I had to plug with a small piece of cotton wool to stop melting ice from dropping into the awaiting bowl – this worked!
The process was slow and needed to be watched all the time but the scent of roses was heavenly
After a few hours, adding more petals and ice, the end result was a small bottle of pure distilled rose water- I was very pleased
I strained off the remaining rose petals in the pot and bottled the liquid – this rose water is not the same top quality as the steam distillation but still great to have
I gathered the rose petals on a very dry warm sunny day, removed the petals and spread them out on paper to let any creatures escape
This rosewater can be used in baking but also as a facial tonic-a little pick-me-up spray
Really lovely, and only required a small amount of rose petals
All of the roses came from our garden, we don’t use any chemical sprays- hence the raggedy look at times but non the less they produce beautifully scented flowers
The roses that I use are old fashioned highly scented shrub roses like the Apothecary rose- Rosa gallica, Rosa rugosa or Rosa DeLa Haye, David Austin roses are good too.