Making Rose Water for Common Household Uses
Rose water is a beauty aid, a cooking ingredient, and simply provides a wonderful scent you want to have around the house. Making your own rose water is a bit time consuming, but cost effective and ultimately simple.
Notes on Preparation
Use petals from roses grown without pesticides or other chemicals. Any chemicals on the rose petals will end up in the rose water, which is dangerous to you.
Use only the petals, not stems or leaves. Rose petals must be freshly picked. The best time to pick petals is just after the dew has evaporated from them, 2 to 3 hours after sunrise.
Rinse the petals to remove any bugs or dirt, then use one of the processes below to create the rose water.
Rose Water Method 1
Step 1: Fill the bottom of the pot with a few inches of rose petals. Pour in distilled water until the rose petals are just covered.
Step 2: Place the pot on the stove and turn on the heat. The water should steam, but not boil. Let the water steam until the petals have lost their color, the water has gained it, and a layer of rose oil is visible on the surface of the water. This should take about 60 minutes.
Step 3: Strain the liquid and squeeze any remaining liquid from the petals. The resulting liquid is your rose water. Dispose of the petals
Rose Water Method 2
Step 1: Measure out your rose petals in tightly packed cups and place them in the heatproof container. For each cup of rose petals, pour in 2 cups of boiling water.
Step 2: Seal the lid on the container and set it aside until the water cools.
Step 3: Strain the cooled liquid and squeeze any remaining liquid from the petals. This is your rose water. Dispose of the petals
Rose Water Method 3
Step 1: Cover the bottom of your roaster with a few inches of rose petals. Add distilled water until the petals are just covered.
Step 2: Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Place the roaster, uncovered, into the heated oven. Watch over the roaster until the water comes to a boil.
Step 3: Turn off the heat and cover the roaster with its lid. Leave the roaster in the oven until the contents have cooled. This will take several hours.
Step 4: Strain the cooled liquid and squeeze any remaining liquid from the petals. This is your rose water. Dispose of the petals.
Notes on Storage
Sterilize any container used to store rose water to keep dirt and diseases from damaging your rose water.
Store your rose water in a sealed container in your refrigerator.
Whenever possible, use a fresh batch or rose water for recipes. Unmixed, the shelf life of rose water is a week to 10 days.