How to Make Orange Blossom Water
Orange blossom water is a flavoring which is obtained from the distillation of orange blossoms. It's used widely in cooking, especially in baking, but it can also be found in beauty products. Orange blossom flowers are white and grow on orange, lemon and citron trees. You need dry flowers in order to prepare it as fresh flowers will not work. Don't miss this OneHowTo article and discover how to make orange blossom water to give your desserts a twist.
First, prepare all the ingredients. Ideally, distilled water is best, but as this is more difficult to obtain, you can use mineral water or make distilled water from tap water. Additionally, the orange blossom flowers should be dry, so if you pick them from your own tree, you'll need to leave them in the sun for several weeks until they dry out completely.
If you like orange blossom water, you can try making rose water too.
If you want to make a larger amount of orange blossom water, double the quantities of ingredients. However, always keep the proportions the same, so for every half a liter of mineral water, you'll need 50 grams (1.7 ounces) of dried orange blossom flowers.
To make orange blossom water, place the flowers in a bowl and cover them with the water. Stir them a little and cover the bowl with plastic wrap or cling film so that the water is permeated with the floral aroma from the flowers. You should leave it for a day in a cool, dark place.
After 24 hours, strain the water using a cloth strainer or place gauze or a cotton cloth in a sieve. Leave it to stand for 30 minutes to an hour and pour it into glass jars or bottles. It is advisable to keep orange blossom water in pre-sterilised dark glass containers to prevent light from entering so it keeps better. Close the jar or bottle and store it in the refrigerator.
Preparing orange blossom water is very simple and will give a unique flavor to your desserts. With cosmetics, you can use this water as a facial toner, as the blossom contains moisturizing properties for the skin.
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- Make sure you are using flowers that have been sprayed with any chemical products such as herbicides or insecticides, or the result could be toxic for you.