Use the table of contents below to navigate through this article to answer some of the most common questions people have when it comes to freezing rose petals:
How To Freeze Rose Petals
Freezing rose petals can be a tricky process. They are delicate by nature and this can mean it can end up going wrong. The most important thing to remember is that you need to keep them as airtight as possible.
You also need to be aware that the rose petals won’t be the same when you take them out of the freezer as they were when they went in. They will have lost a lot of their moisture and will have changed considerably in texture. There is likely to be some colour loss too. But, if you want to freeze rose petals then here is how.
- Bag Up
Grab some freezer bags. You need some that can be kept airtight. Pop your rose petals into the bag.
Squeeze out as much air as you possibly can. To get it really airtight you can close the bag almost completely, slip a straw into the gap and suck out the air. Remove the straw and then seal the bag immediately.
Label the bag with the date and contents.
Pop the rose petals into the freezer. Make sure you put them somewhere where they won’t get damaged. Even when frozen rose petals are brittle and fragile and can damage easily.
How Long Can You Freeze Rose Petals?
How long you freeze your rose petals does depend a little on what you plan to do with them when you thaw them out. For cooking, we would recommend that they are frozen for as short a time as possible. So, try and use them within about a month. For crafts and making cosmetics, you may be able to get away with leaving them in the freezer for up to three months.
You may not want to freeze them at all. Most uses for rose petals work much better with fresh rather than frozen petals.
You Can Freeze Rose Petals for Around 3 Months
How Do You Defrost Rose Petals?
To defrost the best method is slowly. So take them out of the freezer and either pop the rose petals in the fridge or for slightly quicker thawing you can put them on the kitchen side instead.
Check your recipes too, you may be able to use them right from frozen such as this rose petal jam.
Can You Refreeze Rose Petals?
No, you can’t refreeze rose petals. Petals are incredibly difficult, and there is likely to be a lot of degrading and changes in the petals even with one bout in the freezer. They would be unlikely to survive very much at all if you attempted to freeze them for a second time.
The exception to this rule is if you have used the rose petals to make something. If the recipe or product you have made is suitable to be frozen then you can get away with freezing them as part of the whole finished product.
Do Rose Petals Freeze Well?
No, rose petals don’t freeze well. This is for many reasons. Petals are delicate and they contain a lot of water. As they freeze this changes the texture considerably. You are also likely to notice changes to the colour and even the taste too. For this reason, it is best to use your rose petals if you plan to use them in cooking or to make other products with. By the time they are mixed in with other ingredients then you won’t notice the changes too much.
Other Questions about Rose Petals
Below are a few of the other common questions we have come across when it comes to rose petals – some related to freezing and some not. If you’re still sat there with a question or two about rose petals then drop a comment at the bottom of this article and we’ll aim to help out as much as possible.
Can You Freeze Rose Cordial?
Freezing cordial is far more straight-forward. You need to grab that trusty ice cube tray of yours and portion the cordial out. Simply fill each slot with the amount of cordial you would normally use in a drink. Wrap the tray in cling film and then freeze. Once they have frozen solid, you can pop the cubes out and store in a bag.
When you’re ready to use them, defrost in a bowl or glass overnight and then enjoy your drink. If you’re making a cocktail then you can pop these cubes in directly. This will also work well in a smoothie.
Can You Freeze Rose Hips?
You can freeze rose hips. The process is similar to a lot of small berries. Flash freeze on a baking tray then tip into a bag to store for the longer term. Doing this will prevent them from sticking to one another.
Can You Freeze Rose Water?
Everything we’ve written above about rose cordial can be applied to rose water. Freeze in an ice cube tray, flash freeze and then pop the cubes out. The good news is that if you’re using your rose water in a cooked dish then you can pop the cube in from the freezer.