Rose Water Homemade - Substitute

"The first recipe I found that called for rose water was from a Shaker cookbook. It was used as a substitute for vanilla as the recipe called for either or."
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Ready In:
1/2 liter


  • 3 cups fresh rose petals (make sure there are NO pesticides used on rosebushes)
  • 1 liter mineral water


  • Put 3 large handfuls of petals into the clean pot.
  • Pour the water over the rose petals.
  • Cover the pot.
  • Place it over low heat and let it simmer until half the water is left.
  • Let it cool.
  • Discard the petals and pour the liquid (rosewater) into the sterile bottle.
  • Cap tightly and store in fridge.

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  1. WOW!!! I am speechless!! I always use rose water for my gulab jamun syrups etc. but then I just found out that it contains 5.0% alcohol! well since we do not consume alcohol I had to immediately cross it off my list. You can't imagine how upset I was. But thanks so much for posting this recipe! I'll deffo be making it!
  2. Thank you for posting this! I've seen soooo many tasty-sounding recipes calling for rose water, and I couldn't figure out where to buy it. Well, now I don't have to. Thanks again!
  3. My daughter and I had been wanting to try some of the cosmetic rose water recipes on Zaar. I decided to use my Valentine's roses to make the rose water ourselves. Fun project! Thanks for posting!


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