I had such a lovely bouquet of roses but sadly after a few days they were wilting and needed to be tossed out. But when I went to grab them from the vase the rosey fragrance let loose and I just couldn't bring myself to throw them in the trash. I also didn't want to keep watching sad little petals fall all over my table anymore either. So I decided to make some rosewater to capture their lovely scent. It had been a long time since I had made rosewater but luckily it's so simple even I could remember how to do it.
I pulled all the petals off the stems and then rinse them in cold water. Placed them in a small pan and added enough cold water to cover them. I then just let them simmer, covered, until most of the color was out of the petals. After that you let it cool and then drain the rosewater into a clean container. I think keeping in the fridge should make it last longer if you end up with extra. I ended up with about a pint of rose water from only one bouquet of flowers, so you don't need a lot to make a little.
What do you use rosewater for? One of my favorites (and is sooo easy) is to add a couple tablespoons to fresh distilled water and place it in a spritzer to use on your linens. A recipe I have made in the past is to add a few drops of oil, like aragon oil to rosewater to make a facial hydrating toner. It can also be added to lemonade or ice tea for flavor - in fact you can use it in lots of different cooking recipes. But again, using it in food or on your body, I'd be sure to use petals you know are not contaminated with pesticides and be sure to rinse them first!