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Old 05-08-2006, 03:19 PM   #1
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Question Crystallizing violets

how does one crystalise violets so that they may be used as a garnish for desserts?
can they be frozen to use later?

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Old 05-08-2006, 03:37 PM   #2
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As far as I know, you cannot freeze crystallized flowers for later use. Depending on what crystallizing recipe you use, you can layer them interspersed with waxed paper in an airtight container. I believe this is possible if you use gum arabic for your sugar binder.

I, however, just enjoy making them as I need them by simply coating the flower petals with reconstituted powdered pasteurized egg white & then dipping in superfine granulated sugar & allowing to dry on a sheet of wax paper. I've used this method with success on violets, rose petals, & mint leaves.
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What would I do if I don't use egg?
I cannot eat egg and I would like to have them myself.
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Old 05-09-2006, 02:21 AM   #4
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As for freezing - I would not think so, and I haven't been able to find anywhere that says otherwise.

People who are allergic to eggs are generally only sensitive to the yolk - the white does not cause them any problems. And, since you are only brushing on a minimal amount of an egg-white egg-wash as a binder to hold the sugar to the flowers you would not be consuming any great quantity.

You could possibly use whole milk in place of the egg-wash - don't know.

I did find this recipe for egg-less crystallized violets - have no idea of how well it works.
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I cannot eat Morning Star products because they use egg whites and they will give me a migraine so I am very carefull, helped me choose to turn vegan, also.
Sounds like a lot of work no matter how I do it.
I have a lot of violets in my yard and I will have to try them
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Unfortunately, you can't use milk. That would dissolve the sugar on contact.

Commercial flower crystalizers use gum arabic, which used to be available from old-time pharmacies (no longer, I fear). However, I'm sure you could get it from any company that sells cake-decorating supplies - just do a web search.
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