One of my guilty pleasures is bacon.
I buy it organic, farm raised, from Niman Ranch
which is pretty good as meat-raisers go, but still, it's not very healthy and not very sustainable and such a shame that it's so very very delicious.
Like anybody who cooks bacon, or other greasy delights, I've puzzled over time about what's the most responsible way to dispose of the grease. It shouldn't go down the drain, it doesn't really belong in the garden, it can go in the compost if we're talking industrial scale...
But now I've figured out it can go right up into the air. A month or so before White Castle came out with their strange new product, I'd figured out for myself how to make bacon fat candles:
1. Pour bacon grease into a small glass (2 inches wide, 4 inches tall)
2. Take a spool of wire, and bend a G shape that will rest at the bottom of the glass, with the inner end bent to rise (perpendicular from the bottom) straight up.
3. Take thick twine, and tie one end to the corner of the G and the rising bit
4. Twist the twine around the rising bit as many times as possible up to the top.
5. Fold the top of the rising bit over just enough to create a loop, to which you can tie off the twine.
6. You've now made the wick... Sink the wh*** thing into the grease, and you've got your candle!
7. If you live in warmer climates, a few pieces of actual candle wax can be melted in to keep the candle solid at room temperature.