Preparedness Tip Wednesday: DIY Crisco Candle

We have roughly 12 hours of natural light from the sun and the rest of the time we simply flip a switch and out pours a flood of artificial light. But what happens when the switch doesn’t work anymore?
Since the advent of electric lights, candles have become more of a decorative item than a tool. But anyone that has ever been caught in a blackout knows the real value of a candle.
You can purchase many “survival candles” that last 12-120 hours, but did you know that you can create a candle that will last for up to 45 days using something that you probably already have in your kitchen?




ITEMS NEEDED
1 Can Crisco (the large cans are the ones that get the 45 day life span)
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1-3 Wicks (need to be longer than height of can, cut to match)
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INSTRUCTIONS
1)  Open a can of Crisco. The bigger the can, the better.
2) Insert the candle wick into the center of the can of Crisco. If the can has a large diameter, multiple wicks can be inserted. Leave a quarter of an inch of wick showing above the Crisco to make sure the flame is a manageable size.
One of the first things you need to decide is if you want a candle that will burn brighter or one that will last longer. For a longer lasting candle you will use only one wick and for a brighter candle you will use anywhere from 2-4 wicks depending on the size of the container.
Regardless of how many wicks you decide to use or the size of the Crisco tub that you choose, the directions are the same.
3) Even out the top of the Crisco so the candle is smooth.

4) Light the wick and enjoy the candle.
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As a caution: the container of the Crisco is made of a paper material and as such may catch on fire if you place the wick too close to the outer edge of the tub.


Believe it or not but the product know today as "Crisco" (the name is derived from "crystallized cottonseed oil") was developed in 1911 by Procter & Gamble to replace the expensive animal fats used back then to make candles! It was the first shortening to be made entirely from vegetable oil. But because electricity soon began to replace candle light and because the product resembled lard, Procter & Gamble started selling it as...food. Tasty huh. 

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