I've always known that tallow had its uses—candles, soap, baking. So, when I started making beef bone broth, I saved the fat. Just kept it in the back of the fridge. I researched how to render it and made my first candle.
They're pretty great actually. They burn slowly, and it's making use of what would otherwise go into a landfill. And, guess what, November is National Candle Month.
Here's how to make a tallow candle.
When you refrigerate your homemade beef bone broth, the stuff that rises to the top is the fat. Once cooled, you can easily remove it in a chunk.
To clean it and get rid of any lingering beefy debris, just bring it to a boil with fresh water. Refrigerate. Discard water. Repeat.
After about three turns of this, the tallow is fairly white and free from stuff you don't want hanging around in a candle.
I made my first tallow candle last year, and it's still got some life in it.
For this round, I experimented with orange oil and spices including whole cloves, nutmeg, and cinnamon.
And I stored it in freezer paper until I was ready to work on it.
To get started, you'll need to prepare your jar. Use a strong adhesive to secure the wick. I like E6000.
Glue your wick...
...to the bottom of your tempered jar. Canning jars work well. I picked this one up at a thrift store. Let the adhesive set overnight.
Then, melt your tallow in a pan over low heat on the stove, and pour it into your jar.
To keep the wick upright, I created a paper support with a hole in the center, and taped it to the jar. Then, just set it in the fridge to harden overnight.
Last step—trim the wick.
Your tallow candle is born.