DIY Guide: Creating Homemade Tallow Candles

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Are you ready to get crafty? Let’s uncover the secrets of making tallow candles. These candles serve not only as emergency supplies but also as fascinating projects for candle enthusiasts. Whether you’re eager to explore candle-making or simply intrigued by the idea of tallow candles, this guide is for you. Discover how to create these affordable and versatile candles, which have been utilized by humans for centuries.

Why Tallow Candles?

Amidst the various candle-making alternatives available, using tallow stands out for several reasons. By using tallow, you can put your home-raised beef to good use, minimizing waste and maximizing resourcefulness. Moreover, tallow candles offer an affordable option for creating batches of candles at once. Animal fat has been used to produce candles for thousands of years, allowing us to follow in the footsteps of our ancestors. If you’re not keen on using tallow, don’t worry! You can still follow this guide using soy wax as an alternative.

How to Make Tallow Candles

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You will need:

  • Canning jars (pint-sized jars recommended)
  • Tallow, lard, or soy wax (learn how to render your own tallow)
  • Wicks (one per jar)

The wonderful thing about this recipe is its flexibility. You can choose any jar size that suits your preference, and the amount of tallow required will depend on the number and size of your chosen containers.

To begin, melt your tallow or wax using a double-boiler. Don’t worry if you don’t have one; a DIY double-boiler works just as well. Simply place the tallow chunks inside a #10 can and put the can in a stock pot filled halfway with water.

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Using a can is convenient because you won’t have to go through the hassle of cleaning it afterward. Once the tallow has melted completely, remove it from the heat and allow it to cool for a while.

While the tallow cools, prepare your jars.

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Ensure you place a wick in each jar. Now comes the tricky part: you want the wicks to stay in the middle of the jars when you pour in the tallow. Here are a few options to achieve this:

  • Use a hot glue gun to secure the wick to the bottom of each jar.
  • Utilize a Sticky Dot or another type of glue.
  • Prop the wick in place with a couple of pencils.
  • Apply strips of tape over the jar’s mouth to hold the wick steady.

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The method you choose doesn’t matter as long as you convince Mr. Wick to stay put.

Once the melted tallow has cooled off a bit (without hardening), you can start pouring it into the jars.

Allow the tallow to completely solidify, then trim the wick if necessary.

Candle Notes:

  • UPDATE I’ve been storing my homemade tallow candles for over a year now, and they haven’t turned rancid or icky at all.
  • Although beef tallow can emit an unpleasant smell during rendering, the resulting tallow candles are odorless when burned.
  • If you don’t raise your own beef, consider reaching out to a local butcher to purchase beef fat for rendering your own tallow.
  • Other glass jars can be used, but exercise caution as they may shatter due to heat. To minimize this risk, preheat them (in the oven or with a hairdryer) before pouring the melted tallow. Canning jars are recommended due to their high-temperature resistance.
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Conceal your tallow candles for future power outages or enjoy them immediately, reveling in the satisfaction of having your very own homemade, toxin-free candles. 😊

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