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Yes, it’s December, but I still have 6 sugar pumpkins sitting around the house from fall decorating that need to be baked. I also have beeswax cappings that need to be melted down to make beeswax candles. So, I decided to do both at the same time today!
Baking pumpkins isn’t rocket science, hardly worthy of an entire post. However, it’s so worth taking a little time to process these sweet little pumpkins to use in muffins, cakes, pancakes or even smoothies! Here’s how to do:
Wash your pumpkins exterior well, split in two and remove seeds, discarding stem. Place pumpkins face down on greased cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees until tender, close to an hour.
Then scrape the pumpkin out of shell, actually it should just about fall out. Puree in food processor until smooth and scoop into baggies to freeze! You can use this puree in any recipe that calls for canned pumpkin.
I worked back and forth between the pumpkins, the beeswax and washing/hanging out laundry today! The weather totally cooperated, with a high near 60 degrees – in December, no less!
One of the reasons that I love beeswax candles is because they emit negative ions when burned and these bond with positively charged ions of dirt, soot, and other airborne particulates. The effect is to act as a natural air cleaner! In addition to that, beeswax is renewable and sustainable!
It took a while to melt down the beeswax for my candles, that’s why I worked on other things, but always keeping an eye on that hot wax. Beeswax can be flammable at temperatures above 400 degrees, so it’s important to melt it in a double-broiler set up, like this one. Never melt beeswax on a direct flame or burner!! Once you get the wax melting, it’s pretty much “melt and pour”. You can use molds for your candles, if you wish, but today I’m using 1/2 pint Mason jars. I purchased the wicks from Amazon as well as some extra wax pellets.
It can take a while to melt wax, but just keep the water level at about 2/3 of the depth of your pot. No need to stir the wax, just let it melt.
When the wax is ready to pour, simply dip the metal end of your wick into the wax, then center the wick at the bottom of your jar. Once it takes hold, go ahead and pour the rest of your wax in. Be very careful, the wax is extremely hot.
I love making candles and adding different things to make them special. Thieves is one of my favorite Young Living oils, and I put 10 drops in each of these two candles. I added the oils first, then the wax.
Next, we put “Blueberry Cobbler” coffee beans in these candles, the aroma is amazing! When adding coffee beans to candles, remember that they will float. We added enough beans and wax to fill the first third of the jar, then let it dry. Then we added the second third, and so forth, then adding a few more beans at the top.
So there you have it! What a wonderfully, sustainable day! We’ve got pumpkin puree in the freezer, beautiful little beeswax candles to enjoy or to gift, and laundry dried by the sun in December.
Did you find a way to preserve your fall pumpkins? Have you ever made beeswax candles?