[Sca-cooks] tallow candles
renaissancespirit2 at yahoo.com
Fri Oct 26 19:31:46 PDT 2007
There's a small problem with tallow candles - at least for me - when you burn them they smell like steak cooking. I made them years ago and decided that I would not make a second batch.
Stefan li Rous <StefanliRous at austin.rr.com> wrote: niccolo difrancesco mentioned:
<<< (I still have tallow in the freezer from the class I taught 7 or
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
**** See Stefan's Florilegium files at: http://www.florilegium.org ****
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