Process for Freeze-Drying Flowers

Overview

Whether you wish to preserve rose petals from a wedding, carnations from a prom party, or other types of flowers for special occasions, freeze-drying flowers is a special way to memorialize the events in your life. The process involves first drying and then freezing the flowers, so they will be enjoyed for all time. Freeze-drying flowers is a simple process that does not require additional specialized skills.

Step 1

Place the flowers on a plate on top of a flat surface.

Step 2

Place your silica gel packet in the center of the plate of flowers and cover with a paper towel.

Step 3

Leave the flowers to sit for three days at room temperature without water. This will help enhance the drying process.

Step 4

Remove the paper towel and the silica gel packet. Place the flowers in the microwave for two minutes. The microwave helps to evenly dry out the flowers so they can be frozen properly.

Step 5

Remove the flowers and place them on the counter to cool for five minutes.

Step 6

Place the flowers into an airtight storage container (plastic freezer containers or Ziploc bags work well).

Step 7

Place the flowers into the freezer.

Things You'll Need

  • Flowers
  • Freezer
  • Dinner plate
  • Silica gel (available at home and garden centers)
  • Microwave oven
  • Paper towels
  • Ziploc bag

References

  • Freeze Drying Flowers
  • Process of Drying Flowers
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