Make or Buy All Natural Tallow Container Candles for Christmas


| 12/2/2010 1:42:56 PM


Tags: candles, christmas, tallow, natural, Derek Sherwood,

Bison When I am not working on lawnmowers and other small engines in the winter, I like to make and sell natural container candles from my home.  One of the most interesting experiences I have had lately is the one I had at Twin Springs Bison Farm in Lineboro, MD.  I offered them some soy candles for consignment, and they asked if I could make tallow candles out of bison suet -- the thick, almost soaplike fat that they harvest from the kidney area of the bison that they raise naturally on their farm.

I decided to give it a try.  What I found out was that tallow container candlemaking is much easier than dipping or molding tallow candles, and that the process I had read about on Mother Earth News (from a 1991 article) was slightly more complicated than need be. 

Using the bison fat was easy enough.  The process is as follows:

1.  Obtain wicks and mason jars or other decorative jars from a craft store or Wal-mart.  Use cotton wicks in order to avoid any heavy metals such as zinc that may be in cheaper wicks.

2.  Obtain some bison suet, and cut it into pieces about the size and thickness of a deck of cards.

3.  Boil the suet in enough water to completely cover the fat and with about one tablespoon of salt to one pound of suet until it begins to get soft and yellow -- generally about 1/2 hour or so.




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