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Have Crisco? Make a 45 day candle!
« on: December 07, 2013, 10:39:16 AM »
I hate Cisco, always have.  I use coconut and olive oil for cooking, but would love some lard (from non GMO fed pork) some day....

But now I have a real reason to go buy a tub of Cisco!

http://snapguide.com/guides/make-a-45-day-emergency-candle-out-of-crisco/




It's recommended to keep the can sealed until ready for use.  A string wick can be stored under the plastic lid until assembly is required.

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Re: Have Crisco? Make a 45 day candle!
« Reply #1 on: December 07, 2013, 01:33:23 PM »
     Great tip! Grease lamps have been used since prehistoric times. I believe there is some evidence that cave paintings done at the end of the last ice age may have been illuminated by shells with twisted moss wicks, filled with animal tallow. The Romans made small lamps that looked like a gravy boat, that burned oil with a wick. A more modern version is the "Betty Lamp". Made of tin, more or less in the shape of a heart, They were filled with cooking grease, bacon fat, tallow, almost any soft burnable grease. Hung from a lightweight piece of chain, with a woven wick, they were smokey, stinky, but did give off a little illumination at a cheaper price than candles (which at the time were either tallow or beeswax).
     I like the double usage idea of the Crisco. You can light your kitchen while you make a flakey survival pie crust (or fry chicken). Once, just for fun, I found that I could make a candle out of a Chapstick and pocket lint. Without a source of light, most activities grind to a halt at sundown. I just finished butchering three deer from our whitetail season, and the amount of white, waxy tallow was amazing; inch thick slabs of it. Tallow candles are softer than beeswax or petroleum wax and have an unpleasant smell, but before the advent of petroleum products, natural fats, oils and waxes were highly valued. I have a large supply of modern and beeswax candles, but the Crisco idea is another one to tuck away for when it might come in handy.

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Re: Have Crisco? Make a 45 day candle!
« Reply #2 on: December 08, 2013, 03:12:22 PM »
nice, I have been making bacon grease candles for quite a few years, I put the grease into used tuna cans add a cotton string as the wick and use plastic lids from yogurt container that fit over the top. they seem to melt at around 73-75 deg F so long as kept below that it won't spill. I keep in the basement and take them camping, not so good to keep in the car for obvious reasons.
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Re: Have Crisco? Make a 45 day candle!
« Reply #3 on: December 08, 2013, 04:50:25 PM »
Does is smell when it burns?  Lots of soot? 
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Re: Have Crisco? Make a 45 day candle!
« Reply #4 on: December 11, 2013, 01:02:51 AM »
That's sweet!!  Finally, Crisco's actually useful for something besides slowly killing us!!  ;D
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Re: Have Crisco? Make a 45 day candle!
« Reply #5 on: December 11, 2013, 08:38:55 AM »
That's sweet!!  Finally, Crisco's actually useful for something besides slowly killing us!!  ;D

Actually, Crisco was originally intended to be a stabilized burnable material.  Using it as shortening was a secondary marketing discovery.

Crisco burns with little soot, it's basically a soy candle.  If you use generic shortening, which may contain animal fats, you may see more soot.

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Re: Have Crisco? Make a 45 day candle!
« Reply #6 on: December 11, 2013, 02:41:55 PM »
Actually, Crisco was originally intended to be a stabilized burnable material.  Using it as shortening was a secondary marketing discovery.


Ewww!  So glad I use lard. 
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Re: Have Crisco? Make a 45 day candle!
« Reply #7 on: December 12, 2013, 10:41:40 PM »
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Re: Have Crisco? Make a 45 day candle!
« Reply #8 on: December 12, 2013, 11:20:48 PM »
Ewww!  So glad I use lard.

Lard is very healthy.  I wish to find a source of pure lard from pastured animals.  I'm leary of the hormoned, antibiotic laden, GMO fed, commercial lard.

I'm sure many people reading this are saying "lard??  Yuck, no way!"  I'll post another thread with a video that exposes our manipulated force-fed view of fats.

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Re: Have Crisco? Make a 45 day candle!
« Reply #9 on: December 13, 2013, 06:00:20 AM »
Actually, Crisco was originally intended to be a stabilized burnable material.  Using it as shortening was a secondary marketing discovery

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 Yep. It was intended as a substitute for candle wax (also soap making), but unfortunately was introduced at the time electric lighting was taking over.
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Re: Have Crisco? Make a 45 day candle!
« Reply #10 on: December 13, 2013, 06:12:05 AM »
     I see that a new law now outlaws the use of antibiotics in meat production, except in cases of actual disease, not just to increase fast weight gain. Maybe lard will turn into a health food.

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Re: Have Crisco? Make a 45 day candle!
« Reply #11 on: December 13, 2013, 07:41:09 PM »
We get lard from our own pigs which are raised healthy.  You can can it to make it keep longer.  People don't know what they are missing out by using things like margarine and crisco.  Real food tastes so much better.
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Re: Have Crisco? Make a 45 day candle!
« Reply #12 on: August 15, 2014, 11:18:16 AM »
Can you add crisco to beeswax candles?  If so how much do you add per lb?  Looking to try this to see if the wick will stay lit easier.

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Re: Have Crisco? Make a 45 day candle!
« Reply #13 on: August 15, 2014, 12:33:54 PM »
With a cotton shoe lace it burn with a bit of smoke,but provides lots of light and some heat as we used one of these in our deer stand for heat years ago...changed to rubbing alcohol and toilet paper roll in a coffee can for higher heat.
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Re: Have Crisco? Make a 45 day candle!
« Reply #14 on: August 15, 2014, 02:46:43 PM »
Can you add crisco to beeswax candles?  If so how much do you add per lb?  Looking to try this to see if the wick will stay lit easier.

Many people mix beeswax and soy wax, about 1/4 to 1/3 beeswax works well.  It will still require a container. But... commercial soy wax is a blend, it can be as much as 49% paraffin and still be called "pure soy wax", thanks Cargill and the truth-in-labeling folks.

I have never mixed Cisco, which actually is 100% soy, with beeswax.  If you have beeswax, you can make a pillar candle, soy is soft and needs a container.  Paraffin (which usually releases carcinogens as it burns) is generally mixed with soy for "body".  Palm oil is the other which can make a pillar.

Personally, I'd use the beeswax to make a pillar which would burn forever with the sweet smell of honey, and leave the Cisco for a utility container candle.

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Re: Have Crisco? Make a 45 day candle!
« Reply #15 on: August 27, 2014, 08:06:53 AM »
Lard is very healthy.  I wish to find a source of pure lard from pastured animals.  I'm leary of the hormoned, antibiotic laden, GMO fed, commercial lard.

I'm sure many people reading this are saying "lard??  Yuck, no way!"  I'll post another thread with a video that exposes our manipulated force-fed view of fats.

~TG

(Here it is if you don't care to hunt up the other thread:)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uJ0WJOQzrgg


Coconut oil has been my healthy choice for years.
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Re: Have Crisco? Make a 45 day candle!
« Reply #16 on: August 27, 2014, 08:45:12 AM »
Coconut oil has been my healthy choice for years.

Oh, I use coconut oil everyday to cook with.  It's the most healthy fat for your brain, which is almost entirely cholesterol.  But only virgin cold-pressed coconut oil, never refined.   

The cheaper refined is suitable for soapmaking only, in my book.  See how it's refined and you'll know why.
 

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Re: Have Crisco? Make a 45 day candle!
« Reply #17 on: August 27, 2014, 09:10:53 AM »
Oh, I use coconut oil everyday to cook with.  It's the most healthy fat for your brain, which is almost entirely cholesterol.  But only virgin cold-pressed coconut oil, never refined.   

The cheaper refined is suitable for soapmaking only, in my book.  See how it's refined and you'll know why.

Yep , Cold press extra virgin is my choice too...wish it would cure cancer.
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Re: Have Crisco? Make a 45 day candle!
« Reply #18 on: August 27, 2014, 09:26:26 AM »
Yep , Cold press extra virgin is my choice too...wish it would cure cancer.

Not to derail my own thread, but have you looked at the work by Dr. Bharat Aggarwal regarding Curcumin?  He's at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and has done over 10,000 trials of Curcumin in 30 years.  He claims that in the lab, they haven't found a cancer that isn't stopped by Curcumin, it's a matter of quantity, or dosage of Curcumin needed.  He also claims you can't take too much, it has no other side effect than inflammation control (which they have now determined to be a key to cancer.)  I take it daily for muscle/joint aches and pains, but cancer treatment requires higher doseages.

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Re: Have Crisco? Make a 45 day candle!
« Reply #19 on: August 27, 2014, 11:44:34 PM »
Not to derail my own thread, but have you looked at the work by Dr. Bharat Aggarwal regarding Curcumin?  He's at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and has done over 10,000 trials of Curcumin in 30 years.  He claims that in the lab, they haven't found a cancer that isn't stopped by Curcumin, it's a matter of quantity, or dosage of Curcumin needed.  He also claims you can't take too much, it has no other side effect than inflammation control (which they have now determined to be a key to cancer.)  I take it daily for muscle/joint aches and pains, but cancer treatment requires higher doseages.

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Re: Have Crisco? Make a 45 day candle!
« Reply #20 on: August 28, 2014, 06:37:39 AM »
In boy scouts we would make and use home made camping stoves. Fuel was cat food can with coragated cardboard cut in to strips and wax .smoked like crazy but wax was whatever was on hand bday candles stubs of other anything nonsented
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Re: Have Crisco? Make a 45 day candle!
« Reply #21 on: September 03, 2014, 03:14:36 PM »
I never actually bake with crisco, so when my mother gives me a half-empty tub because obviously I need it because my old stuff is bad... ... ...

Yeah, I need to pause there for a second.

Anyway, we both have the understanding that my new tub will probably go bad also.

Having the ability to have a nice fat candle made out of the old, expired crisco is a nice idea.

Assuming I can find it in my kitchen.  Why on earth would I know where the crisco is?