Which varieties are suitable?
The entire rose family gives us petals that are ideally suited for this type of preservation. However, if possible, they should come from fresh flower heads and smell intensely.
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- Dry beautiful leaves and admire them even longer
Five different methods
- Air drying
- Pressing between book pages
- with dry salt or detergent
- Drying in the oven
- Microwave drying
- Spread the rose petals on absorbent kitchen paper.
- Put the leaves in a warm place. A sheltered place outdoors is ideal.
- Turn the leaves occasionally.
If the petals fill in softly, they have not yet lost all of their moisture. You must continue drying, otherwise there is a risk of mold.
Pressing between book pages
A few petals can also be dried by pressing. The advantage here is that the dry rose petals stay flat.
- Place the leaves between two layers of kitchen paper
- individual petals should not overlap
- only then press between book pages
- This absorbs moisture
- the book pages stay clean
With dry salt and detergent
Dry salt and dry detergent absorb moisture from the environment, and consequently also from rose petals.
- Put some dry salt or dry detergent in a large jar.
- Spread a layer of petals on it, then desiccant, etc.
- The last layer should consist of the desiccant.
- Leave the jar closed for four days.
If you keep drying petals, silica gel is worth getting because it can be used over and over again.
Dry in the oven
Drying in the oven is inexpensive and quick:
- Set the oven to 40 degrees Celsius.
- Spread a thin layer of sand on the baking sheet.
- Sprinkle the petals on it.
- Let the rose petals dry in the oven for 30 minutes.
- Check the result and extend the time by a few more minutes if necessary.
Leaves dried in the oven retain their fragrance and the wavy flower shape is enchanting.
Drying in the microwave is simple and, above all, quick.
- Place a sheet of paper towel on a flat plate.
- Spread a few petals on it.
- Put another layer of kitchen paper on top, followed by another plate.
- Place the plate in the microwave for about 40 seconds at maximum power.
Dry rose petals that are kept in a sealed container have an "unlimited" shelf life. Of course the ravages of time gnaw on them and they lose more and more of their fragrance. Exposed rose petals gather dust over time and are regularly replaced with new ones.
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