In this post, we’ll explore how to make hand dipped tallow candles. It’s a simple DIY craft that helps you to use more and waste less.
Tallow is a very versatile product that can be made from the fat of many different animals. It differs from lard, in that lard refers specifically to rendered pig fat. There is also a consistency difference in that lard is creamy and must be refrigerated, while tallow is hard and can remain at room temperature without spoiling. However, both enjoy a large number of uses on the homestead. From cooking to soap making to healing salves, their versatility warrants strong consideration for saving every bit of fat you can scrape off an animal and provides enough benefit to make up for the smelly process of rendering the fat.
We’ll be looking specifically at using tallow to make hand dipped candles. These candles make a great emergency light source and, if things should become desperate, can even be used as a very emergency food source. These candles burn brightly and slowly, emitting no smells. That they are odorless can be hard to believe given how fragrant the rendering process can be. To begin with, we’ll go over the rendering process so you can make tallow candles entirely from scratch, using fat saved from animals you’ve hunted or raised for food.
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This same process for making hand dipped tallow candles can be used with paraffin wax as well. You can also add color chips to produce colored candles and essential oils and other scents to produce scented candles to the melted tallow. Of course, neither is necessary as tallow candles burn cleanly and have no smell.
But, best of all, they are a high-quality candle that has been made for generations and that you can make at home using items that could otherwise go to waste.