Waxing Cheese Using Beeswax In the days prior to refrigeration, cheese was stored in either its own rind that formed or it was brushed or dipped in melted wax. This method is still used today by artisanal cheese makers, commercial cheese makers and hobbyists. This method can also be used to put store bought cheese in long term storage.
It is important to note that unlike commercially available cheese waxes that contain paraffin (a petroleum product) beeswax is more brittle and can lead to cracking when used in its pure form. This problem can be alleviated by blending the beeswax with a vegetable based oil. I found the following recipe:
CHEESE WAX (Ounces by weight): 16 ounces beeswax 3 ounces vegetable shortening I have also seen mineral oil used as an adjunct.
Further instruction on cheese waxing and using store bought cheese:
A simple organic surfboard wax can be made with 2 or 3 natural ingredients, depending upon the recipe. Recipe 1: Warm water Beeswax Coconut oil- found at most supermarkets As with most beeswax recipes you will need a double boiler, a simple pot inside of a pot partially filled with water will suffice. Beeswax and coconut oil are flammable and direct heat should be avoided, not to mention high heat will impart a burnt smell to the mixture. Add 4 parts beeswax to one part coconut oil and warm on medium heat until all solids are melted. Pour into a muffin tin or other container that will serve as a mold. Enclose in plastic wrap or a container and store in a cool dry place. Recipe 2: Cold water Beeswax Coconut oil Tree resin (also goes by pine resin, rosin, colophony)
It can be found on Ebay and around the web. It can even be collected if you are adventurous. Use the double boiler as mentioned above, but this time slowly melt 3 parts beeswax 1 part coconut oil and 1 part tree resin. Pour the liquid into a mold and allow to set up. Note on both recipes, if you don't get the consistency you desire, simply remelt the surfboard wax and add slightly more beeswax(beeswax/tree resin) for a harder tackier consistency or add slightly more coconut oil for a smoother consistency.
4 oz unscented, clear glycerin soap 1 tsp grated beeswax About 10 drops of fragrance/essential oil 1-2 drops food coloring (optional)
Best done in a double boiler to ensure even heating. Melt the soap until liquid. Grate beeswax and add to te melted soap. No need for heating much above 145 degrees. Too hot and the beeswax and fragrance can "burn off". Now add the fragrance and food coloring. Stir thoroughly. Pour into a mold and let it set overnight.
16 ounces food grade mineral oil, found at most drug stores
Process in a double boiler to insure gentle heating. Melt beeswax, then add mineral oil while stirring slowly. After mixing pour the mixture into a widemouthed container that will be easy to get a rag into. After it turns solid it is ready to use. Apply to your wooden wares with a smooth rag like a tee-shirt.
We recommend that you use a double boiler, even just putting your pot in a pyrex baking dish with water in the bottom will prevent the fire hazard as well as keeping your beeswax and oils from browning from too much heat.
If your beeswax is too hard, soften it in a bowl of hot tap water for about 10 minutes and it will be ready to grate.
This is a popular use for beeswax. This is a straight forward low cost recipe to make your own at home. Also use the link below to find more DIY recipes for beeswax.
1 Decide what are you going to use it for what style.
2 Depending on what you will use it for will give you a general idea of the measurement of the ingredients.
3 If you want more hold give it more bees wax than petroleum jelly or oil.
4 First melt your bees wax in a clean pan until its a liquid, then pour into a cooling container.
5 Add oil or Vaseline so the wax doesn't go hard again.
6 Remember more oil or petroleum jelly: less hold, but more shine.
7 If you like, add some mint or some kind of nice-smelling oils to cover up the smell of the petroleum jelly.
Tips Make it in large batches because if you're a greaser, you will use a lot. For it to wash out, use detergent, (like for your dishes.) I personally prefer to use corn starch and shampoo because it's better for your hair. Warnings You are handling hot wax, be careful!. Don't use paraffin wax or any artificial waxes instead of bees wax. Don't melt it in a microwave, only on a hotplate or stove. Never put pomade in your eyes or in your mouth. Keep away from kids. Use only cooking oils like olive or vegtable never use motor oil. Use only natural scented oils or edible oils for your pomade. Things you'll need
a kitchen a pan a skillet a stirring spoon oven mitts a container bees wax oil or petroleum jelly scented oils (needed if you want it to smell good) For this and other beeswax recipes wikihow has plenty.
Traditional Hand Dipped Candle Making This is quite an operation that relies on very little electricity. This is probably a very similar method of how candles were made for centuries in cities and towns.
1 c. olive oil 1/2 c. coconut oil 1/2 c. beeswax pastilles or 2 oz solid beeswax 1/2 t. Vitamin E oil (or about 5 capsules cut open and squeezed out) (optional) 20 drops (approximately) essential oil (optional)