Bacon Fat Candles

Bacon Fat Candles 

Bacon fat candles are incredibly easy to make, and utilizes an item we normally throw away. So before you dump that excess bacon grease down the drain, read this! 

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I am a big fan of using things that I would have previously thrown away before I became a prepper. Because learning to use everything saves me money, and that means I have more to save or put toward other uses. 

If you’ve read my post about candle making, then you know how essential candles are to a prepper. Being able to make my own from multiple sources is so important. 

When I cut the wicks down to size, I can use the leftover wick I would normally toss in my fire starters, saving even more by using everything. 

Storing Bacon Fat 

There are several ways to store bacon fat to keep it from going rancid and becoming unusable. The most important thing is to strain the bacon fat, because bacteria can’t live in pure fat. It can live in the tiny bits of bacon that are in the fat, and that is why removing them through a strainer is essential. 

On the Counter 

Bacon fat will stay good on the counter at room temperature for about a month before it starts to go rancid. You’ll want a container like this to hold and strain it. 

You can also use cheesecloth or a coffee filter to strain the bacon fat as well. 

In the Refrigerator 

This is my preferred method of storing bacon grease because it doesn’t clutter up my counter and will last up to six months. I am always pulling out the container I referenced earlier and straining the rendered fat into it. 

Then I use it in cooking and candle making. 

In the Freezer 

If you are looking for a more long-term storage option, the freezer is the way to go. Bacon grease will last up to a year in the freezer. 

I have never tried freezing bacon grease, because I use it pretty frequently. But it is nice to have another option if I’m not using it. 

If you do decide to freeze it, I recommend using a silicone ice cube tray and freezing until solid and transfer to a Ziplock bag to save space and continue adding to it as needed. 

Making a Bacon Fat Candle 

Bacon Fat Candles

You’ll need a mason jar, candle wicks, and bacon fat. 

I cook my bacon in the oven at 400 degrees until crispy and then pour the fat through a strainer and put into the container that I referenced earlier. 

When you’re ready to start, place the mason jar in the freezer to chill for 15 minutes. This helps solidify the bacon grease at the bottom and make the wick stick without sliding around. 

If the bacon grease is cold, warm it up on the stove slowly at a low heat. It doesn’t take much to get bacon fat melting and there is no reason to overheat it. 

Place the wick in the center of the mason jar and start pouring the melted bacon grease on top. 

Once the bacon fat has cooled and solidified, cut the wick down to the size of the jar and put the lid on it until you’re ready to use it. 

Remove the Bacon Smell 

If you are not a fan of the bacon smell, you can add in some cinnamon, clove, or allspice for a lovely fall smell that will cover up the bacon smell. 

Give as a Gift 

These bacon fat candles make an excellent homemade gift for the people in our lives that are not preppers. Why not give them something they can use? 

Bacon Fat Candles

Discussion 

Have you made bacon fat candles? Had you ever considered using bacon fat to make candles before? Let me know your thoughts and questions in the comments! 

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13 thoughts on “Bacon Fat Candles”

  1. I am also a huge fan of cutting down on waste and using everything you can to its full potential. This is such a great, practical idea. Knowing how much my partner loves bacon, it won’t take too long for us to save enough to do this – plus he will just love the aroma it will produce without needing to mask the smell at all! Thanks for sharing more fabulous ideas.

  2. The whole bacon fat concept isn’t my thing (vegan/ veggie family!), but repurposing absolutely is. I love that you don’t waste anything. Great for the environment and it feels good to make your own of anything, I find!

  3. I’ve made candles from rendered lard with no smell. Curious how potent the bacon smell is & how did the addition of some spices help with it? Also, is there a smoke created when burning? Thanks for sharing your tutorial!

    1. The bacon smell was not potent at all, and no smoke that I noticed. Not in comparison to cooking it on the stove or in the oven. It is much more concentrated when the bacon is cooking and the fat is rendering out of it. I haven’t added spices to mine (yet) to have an opinion on that part.

  4. I love the ideas that you come up with. Things that are so simple but yet so useful! I think the bacon smell would be lovely, although it may make me really hungry! I also did not know that you could freeze bacon grease for up to a year. Totally going to do that too!

  5. Melanie williams

    Oh wow how cool is this. you are so clever with your crafting here and candles always come in handy to have just in case of an emergency or simply to set the mood xx

  6. Seriah Sargenton

    This is so interesting! I love candles and I would have never thought of doing a bacon fat one. Thanks for the idea.

  7. Interesting – my husband LOVES his bacon but I’ve never considered taking the bacon fat and using it for something beneficial like that. I might have to get him to start saving it up so that we can give it a try… I’m sure that he wouldn’t mind the smell of bacon in his man cave, after all. He would probably welcome that!

  8. Although I may never land up making this bacon candle, I love the way you come out with these creative ideas. It was fun learning something new again. I always look forward to what next from you.

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