Before we get started, I want to set the record straight…
These candles don’t have to be *just* for emergencies. They could also be:
But they make especially nice emergency or survival candles since they are fairly inexpensive and you can make a bunch at once.
You can make candles out of many different materials, but I especially like using tallow since it allows me to put ALL of our home-raised beef to good use and it’s super-frugal. People have been burning candles made from animal fat for thousands of years, and it’s kinda fun to follow in their footsteps.
Here’s my detailed tutorial that’ll show you how to render beef tallow yourself. But if you don’t want to use tallow to make candles, you can also follow this same tutorial and use soy wax instead. (affiliate link)
How to Make Tallow Emergency Candles
You will need:
- Canning jars (My wicks were rather short, so pint-sized jars were perfect)
- Tallow OR lard OR soy wax (where to buy soy wax pellets- aff link)
- Wicks (one per jar) (These are the wicks I bought- aff link)
- Essential oils (optional) (These are my favorite essential oils!)
I didn’t include exact measurements for anything because this recipe is super-duper flexible. I like using pint-sized mason jars, but you can really use any size. The amount of tallow you need will depend on how many candles you want to make and what size your containers are.
First off, melt your tallow or wax in a double-boiler. I don’t have a double boiler, so I rigged up a DIY double-boiler instead.
I placed the tallow chunks inside a #10 can, and placed the can inside a stock pot filled half-full with water.… [Continue Reading]