In addition to sauces, spreads, and its use as oil, butter has a new function in everday households.
Butter is essentially churned cream, or milk. But four ounces of its oil base is all it takes to make a candle that will burn four hours. This butter candle video shows that wax isn't the only suitable substance to add ambience,romance, or simple light in the home.
If you ever wanted a candle but didn't have one, the ingredients for a butter candle are as far away as the fridge and a linen closet. Or your bathroom. From the freezer, you'll need a stick of butter and from the bathroom you'll need a few sheets of toilet paper.
King of Random,a youtube host, shared this video today of a homemade butter candle. He created the candle with a half stick of butter and toilet paper. Tightly twisted, the toilet paper serves as the wick and the four ounces of butter burns a total of four hours.
The youtube host uses a stick of frozen butter from the fridge and slices it in half. He uses a couple of toilet paper sheets, no more than four, and twists them tightly to form the wick. He inserts a hole in the frozen butter stick and slides the toilet paper wick into the butter. With one strike of a match, the candle butter burns.
King of Random doesn't say that homemade butter candle can be substituted with margarine. The butter is also used as an igniting fluid that keeps the wick burning. He also suggests that twisting the toilet sheet around a straightened paper clip, is also an idea to make the wick a lot more sturdy.
Check out the youtube video of the butter candle. And then think about the price of candles at local retailers. Candles are usually more than $5 while a pound of butter (four stick) generally come in at well under $4.
The butter candles are recommended for use in emergencies. And while the King of Random is an experimentalist, the butter candle is one of his random experiments using ingredients of his wife's. The irony of the homemade butter candle is that the dairy product we've loved and used for years is somewhat flammable.
Would you make and use a butter candle for your home? Or stick to more traditional lighting techniques, like lamps, and fireplaces?
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