[Sca-cooks] tallow candles

Stefan li Rous StefanliRous at austin.rr.com
Tue Oct 23 22:42:17 PDT 2007

niccolo difrancesco mentioned:
<<< (I still have tallow in the freezer from the class I taught 7 or  
8 years
ago!!) >>>

So were you just creating tallow in this class or were you making  
stuff with this tallow once you had created it?

I'd love to have an article on processing tallow or making tallow  
candles or some such for the Florilegium.

I've considered making tallow candles, but have never gotten around  
to it. Lots of people have made beeswax or paraffin candles, but how  
many have made tallow candles? How many have used tallow candles at  
an SCA feast? And tallow candles really might be much more  
appropriate for most of our personas. It is my understanding that  
only the Church and the very richest of nobles could afford to use  
beeswax candles.  I'm not sure I would use tallow candles inside most  
of our feast halls, but many of our feasts in Ansteorra are held  

For anyone interested in trying this, there is some info on  
processing tallow in the candles-msg file in the Florilegium. Keep in  
mind, that both period texts and modern reports, say not to use pig  
fat as your starting point.

THLord Stefan li Rous    Barony of Bryn Gwlad    Kingdom of Ansteorra
    Mark S. Harris           Austin, Texas           
StefanliRous at austin.rr.com
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