|La Reine Victoria Rose -Exquisite Bourbon scent|
|Fragrant Failure! What a beautiful color...|
Note: The canning jar is called "a decorative glass enfleurage"! Wow. Who knew?
|collecting La Reine Victoria for distilling|
|heating the petals in the sun with the cork|
|I followed the instructions -honest!|
|the equipment set up and running|
I used the kit for the first (and last) time yesterday and I'm calling my day a Fragrant Failure. I had to phone the kit's manufacturer twice to ask questions about the illegible and incoherent instructions and they were very nice, wanting to be helpful, but unable to talk intelligently about the kit they sell. To say I had a bad feeling about how the project would fare is an understatement but I forged ahead. I collected a 1/2 pound of petals early in the day. I used a 1/4 pound of distilled water in the jar (One of my phone calls was about using water instead of lard, which is the only option offered in the paperwork. I pretended to be a vegan and asked where I could find instructions that did not use animal fats. The answer was to substitute water for the fat and proceed with the instructions. I did what I was told.) I set up the equipment (no easy feat! It was tricky getting the stand to work.) I heated a pan of water on the stove, set the canning jar in the pan while keeping it attached to the copper piping on the stand on the counter and proceeded to heat the whole mess for the day. Nothing happened. Well, some steam was already in the jar from sitting in the sun for a few hours earlier but other than the rose petals wilting into the water in the jar, nothing happened. I finally called it a day and turned the whole thing off and left it to cool. This morning, dejected at the waste of 1/2 pound of perfectly wonderful and fragrant rose petals that I could have turned into freezer jam, I went to wash the "equipment" but first strained the water from the jar - Lo & Behold! A 1/2 pint of the most beautifully colored and wonderfully fragrant rose water was my reward. I haven't decided what I'm going to do with my "Fragrant Failure" but when I do, you can be sure I will report in.
|It was a strange way to get the most amazing rose water ever. Now I will probably repeat my Fragrant Failure next year|