There’s no ‘real’ recipe needed for freezing flowers in ice cubes.However, there are a few tips that will give you beautiful results. Whether you’re hosting a bridal shower, having an iced tea party or serving cocktails at a holiday gathering, use your imagination to create different seasonal themes. The bonus is, they can be made well in advance and stored in freezer bags until you need them.

edible-flower-ice-cubesEdible Flower Ice Cubes

HOW TO TIPS

* Make sure you are using only flowers and herbs that are edible, free of pesticides, and organic if possible.

* Pick in the early morning or later evening when flowers and herbs have the most fragrance and moisture content.

* Rinse gently to remove any unwanted soil or insects.

* For clear ice cubes, boil pure water first, cool and then use to make ice cubes.

* For a crackled ice look instead of clear, use sparkling water or sodas.

* To create floating blossoms in ice cubes, freeze in layers. Begin by filling ice cubes trays one-third full. Freeze and then lay in petals, leaves or whole buds. Cover with a few drops of water to hold flowers in place. Freeze again. Then top with water and freeze one last time. Voila – beautiful floating flowers!

* Pop in a fresh or frozen berry with the flowers to create extra flavour and impact. Blueberries, raspberries, a slice of strawberry or a whole cranberry make lovely additions.

* When fresh edible flowers are not available use dried flowers instead. Fresh herbs can be purchased year-round so add in a few leaves to give ice cubes a fresh look.

NOTE: As with all herbs, leaves, roots and flowers, allergies and side effects are possible. Know your allergens and always check with your health care provider before consuming flowers for medicinal purposes.

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