Almost everybody enjoys receiving a bouquet of roses. The intoxicatingly sweet scent, the soft colors, and (of course) the ambiance of romance. Of course, no flower lasts forever -- so here are some brilliant ideas for reusing your rose petals before you have to toss them.
Sugared Rose Petals
A glistening sprinkle of sugar, egg whites, and water are all you need to make these stunning edible petals (just double-check they are non-toxic). The rest is up to you! Top them on cakes, cookies, or these Rose-and-Ginger Cupcakes.
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The uses for herbal sugar are endless: add it as a fragrant sweetener for hot and iced teas, fruit salads, baked goods, and all kinds of icings.
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Grape jelly, move over. This jelly made from rose petals is sweet and floral, making it a romantic touch to otherwise boring buttered bread.
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Don't be fooled: pickling your petals boosts their floral fragrance and brings out their sweet taste. It's anything but impractical! From there, sprinkle them onto salads and healthy snacks like our Beets and Yogurt with Pickled Rose Petals. The three ingredients needed for this recipe are most likely already in your pantry.
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A Hydrating Soak
Need a spa day? Using whole milk, honey, and rose petals, you can whip up a warm footbath in a basin of warm water.
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Here is your secret new beauty treatment: rose petals. They're known for their skin-softening properties and stress-relieving qualities, which is why they make the perfect addition to a body scrub. (Not to mention, it smells incredible.)
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Not all roses wilt. These are frozen (literally) in ice cubes to brighten cold drinks.
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Yes, you can even drink your roses! This frothy Indian-inspired drink is flavored with rose water and garnished with prety-in-pink petals.
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This is not only a good idea for dried roses, it's a great way to use a leftover scrap of fabric. Instead of using heavy sprays or incense burners, you can tuck this fragrant satchet into any small space that could use some air-freshening. Think: cupboards, your drawers, and the corners of closets.