So here's my updated recipe to crystallizing pansies:
- Dry pansies (It's important to pick them on a dry day or, pick them and sit them overnight in a vase)
- One egg white
- Bakers sugar or regular sugar that's been grinded up fine in a food processor
- a splash of vodka (optional but it serves to help dry the flowers quickly)
- soft paintbrush about a standard watercolor size
- baking sheet lined with wax paper
- a small strainer to be used as a sugar sprinkler. I used my reusable tea strainer from Ikea
- Mix egg white and vodka in a bowl.
- Prepare your work space. Assemply line style or, egg white bowl with pain brush, flowers in vase, sugar with "sprinkler", lined baking sheet.
- Snip stem off as closely to the bloom as possible
- Using the paint brush dipped in egg white vodka mixture, brush every inch of the flower (front and back of each petal) with the mixture.
- Sprinkle sugar all over the flower as well. Front and back.
- Place flower gently on lined baking sheet
- Repeat with all the flowers. After about 3 days the flowers should be dry.
Place them in a loosely packed box. A shoe box is good for this. Be sure that the box doesn't seal. They should be preserved for about 6 months.
If you don't have the patience to do this, be sure to "harvest" your pansies and put them in your salad for a change of pace. Apparently they can be used in tea as well. For more information on home remedies and the health benefits of pansies click here.