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newbie - how to tell when Microwave pressed flowers are done?

Posted by WendyB 5A/MA (My Page) on
Sat, Aug 30, 03 at 12:51

I'm trying out a new Microwave flower press (Lee Valley) for the first time and I love it!

Sometimes, I'm having a hard time figuring out when the flower is done. Especially flowers with prominent centers. I think the center is not done, but the petals are. Do I cook it some more? I noticed this especially with impatiens and a rose, but not limerock ruby.

Even pressing simple fern foliage (jap painted fern), I couldn't tell what was done. I tried two 30-second spurts. seemed good. Did another 30 seconds. still seemed good. Not sure what the difference was. do I have to go too far and sacrifice the plant to learn the hard way?

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RE: newbie - how to tell when Microwave pressed flowers are done?

Whenever I pressed flowers in the microwave I used the defrost mode for 30 seconds at a time. I don't think you have to worry if you are in defrost. By the way, I did lots of hard to press flowers for a Japanese friendship thing, even roses. I had the flowers in a press, and just put them in the microwave every day. Ferns and the like are easy. When you have to do more time is with flowers that have a lot of oils, like roses.

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