How to Make Rose Water at Home
- Place canning pot on stove, put the brick in the center of the canning pot. Place bowl on top of brick. Add roses to the pot; add enough flowers to reach the top of the brick. Pour in just enough water to cover the roses. The water level should be just above the top of the brick.
- Place pot lid upside down on the pot, so it is inverted. Turn on the burner and bring the water to a rolling boil, then lower the heat to a slow and steady simmer. Add 2-3 trays or ice cubes in a bag on top of the lid. Now you have a home still. As the water boils, the steam rises, hits the top of the cold lid and condenses. As it condenses, it flows to the center of the lid and drops into the bowl. Add more ice cubes once the previous ones have melted.
- Every 20 minutes, quickly lift the lid and take out a tablespoon of the rose water. When you have a pint to a quart of water in the bowl and it smells strongly of roses, it is done. Be careful not too “cook” the rose petals.
- Pour rose water into a glass container and store in the refrigerator. You can use the rose water as a home and body spritzer or add it to other body care recipes.