Drying Flowers for Dressing and Offerings

I recently received a bouquet of roses with mint and wildflowers. There were some flowers that were too short for my vase, so I decided to dry them and store them for dressing and offerings. I could have used my dehydrator, but I was worried about what it would do since it’s an Instapot. :woman_shrugging:

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Updates to Setup

I am a fan of flowers, so I have recently expanded everything.

Anyway, I wanted to share some information on the process that worked for me. Their flowers came out much prettier than mine, but I didn’t need them for any purpose other than to grind up into powders or “confetti” sized pieces.

Tools

  • Oven
  • Cookie Sheets (I used 3)
  • Oven mitts (those heifers are hot)

Process

I preheated my oven to 170, then added the flowers after it was preheated. The tutorials say check them about every 15 minutes, but I’ll admit I had to check them far more often than that. I didn’t use parchment paper or anything on the cookie sheets, so I’m sure that had something to do with it.

I thought they were pretty. Pre-drying.

I flipped the flower buds about every 5 minutes because they dried up quickly. After about 10-12 minutes, these were crispy and ready to be added to mason jars. I stored the stems in jars as well-- and stored all the components in their own jars (leaves, petals, stems).

It’s not anything monumental, but I wanted to share it anyway. It’s part of my whole “trying to reuse things instead of throwing everything away” phase I’m going through right now.

External Articles (Sources)

Some preliminary research sources I used:

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I love your setup!!

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From experience parchment paper can start to burn and get smoky in the oven.

I do a lot of dehydrating so I bought a food dehydrator. It’s decent for fresh herbs, fruits etc. I prefer to just let flowers air dry naturally.

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Oof on the parchment paper! Good to know.

For herbs, do you find that their “texture” comes out better in the dehydrator? Have you noticed any other benefits? Are you able to still use it for cooking? I have all the questions. :joy:

I love it.

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I mostly dry things like sage and rosemary and love how they turn out with the dehydrator. Mint doesn’t do well though. You can use them for cooking. I mostly use them for witchy things.

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