Homemade Valentine’s Day

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Making a batch of potpourri is a great way to preserve rose petals and memories. Fill sachets to scent drawers, or place potpourri in a bowl to add fragrance to a room.

Rose-Petal Drying Instructions for Homemade Lavender Rose Potpourri

Microwave Drying Rose Petals. Line a microwave-safe plate with a paper towel. Scatter about 1 1/2 lightly packed cups (about 2 small handfuls) of petals over the paper towel (don’t crowd the plate or your petals will steam, not dry). Microwave for 1 minute intervals, stirring petals gently between intervals, until the petals are crisp, 2 to 5 minutes total. Place on a large wire rack to cool for 1 to 2 hours.

Air Drying Rose Petals. Before removing the petals, clip off any wet portions of the rose stems and tie the stems together with string. Hang upside-down in a cool, dry place, such as a closet or pantry, until the leaves toward the center of each bloom are crisp, 1 to 2 weeks. Remove petals and discard stems.