Homemade skin creams, lotions and perfumes contain rose petals, according to Janice Cox, author of "Natural Beauty at Home." Since roses are not always in bloom in your garden, freezing the petals gives you a supply during the winter months. Freezing rose petals from a special occasion like a wedding preserves them. Use the petals in recipes or drinks as a different way of celebrating on an anniversary.
Swish the rose flowers under cold water to dislodge bugs, dirt and grit. Remove from the water by holding the rose by the stem with the flower pointing down. Shake to get rid of water.
Remove the petals from the rose by gently tugging. Discard the stamens and center.
Rinse the petals in a sink full of cold water. Push the petals under the water. When they pop up, scoop them up and put in a colander. Repeat.
Spread out a towel. Put the petals on the towel and cover with another towel. Pat the towels.
Petals in Ice Cubes
Place petals in ice cube trays. One to three petals is pretty and decorative. Or stuff the tray openings with as many petals as possible. Cover with water.
Freeze until the cubes are solid.
Remove the cubes and store in a zip-lock bag in the freezer.
Spray the cookie sheet with cooking spray.
Spread the petals out on the sheet in one layer.
Place in the freezer for 10 minutes. Remove and shake the petals. Replace in the freezer. Continue until the petals are frozen. It shouldn't take more than 30 minutes. Shaking keeps the petals from sticking to each other or the cookie sheet.
Store in a zip-lock bag in the freezer.
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