Bacon isn't just for breakfast anymore. Foodies world over have incorporated it into appetizers, main dishes and desserts. And now it can be used to create light. Bacon fat provides an excellent base for candle-making. When melted into its liquid form, filtered and re-solidified, it becomes tallow, which is the main ingredient in a homemade candle.
Things You'll Need
- Leftover bacon grease
- Glass jar
- Paper towel
- 6-inch piece of wire
- Wire mesh
- Olive oil
Making the Wick
Measure the jar that you will be pouring your candle into. Cut a 1-inch-wide strip of paper towel that is as long as your jar.
Pour salt water into a pan and soak the wick in the pan for 10 minutes. The salt absorption will keep the paper wick from burning too fast and will also help keep it stiff and sturdy. Remove the paper from the pan and twist it into a wick shape.
Preheat your oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit and allow the paper wick to dry in the oven for 20 minutes.
Making the Candle
Soak the wick in olive oil for 10 minutes, which will allow it to burn faster and better.
Create a spiral out of wire with the center of the spiral standing straight up. This will be the base for your wick and will keep it standing straight, even when the bacon grease melts. Wind this center piece tightly around the wick. Place the spiral and wick in the center of the jar.
Heat the bacon grease until it is in its liquid form and then pour it through a wire mesh filter. This will remove leftover bits of salt, meat and char, which will keep the candle from burning cleanly. Pour the grease into the jar around the wick. Allow the grease to solidify completely.
Trim the wick. It should be no more than 1/2 inch from the top of the grease. This will allow for cleaner, better burning.