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Episode 505: A Night at the Opera
Dried Flowers
Flowers Anyone?

For many of us, there's no greater pleasure than enjoying fresh flowers. Question is how do we save the flowers well past their bloom? Traditional methods involve hanging the fresh flowers upside-down and waiting for them to dry. Here is a much quicker trick:


  • silica gel (available at your local garden store)
  • baking pan
  • fresh flowers


Trim off the stem of the fresh flower and place the bloom into a bowl filled with silica gel making sure it's entirely covered by the gel.

Heat in a microwave for 2 minutes. Remove, and set aside for 20 minutes.

Remove from silica gel.

Now that you have a perfectly dried and preserved flower, can you imagine how an entire bouquet would look?