Wax Clean UP

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  1. Oct 5, 2018 #1

    dbloomingdale

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    I thought this might be the place to ask this question. I have this one pound wad of natural beeswax. I wanted to get it into smaller amounts and was thinking that melting the whole thing might take too long and so I decided to start grating it with my all purpose kitchen grater. Needless to say, this was the wrong thing to do and as I am typing this, the block of wax is now being melted via a double boiler process in a pyrex cup. I will then pour the wax into plastic ice cube tray which will lend me more manageable portions of beeswax. Something that I have done many times before and now I am wondering why I decided to do the grater thing. Anyway, I am now left with a grater with wax stuck to it. I've run it under hot water to soften it and tried scraping it off with my finger nails. Well, that only goes so far. Don't suggest putting the grater in the oven as it has a rubber handle. I guess I could always buy a new one but.... well....I am kind of stubborn. Any and all suggestions are welcome!!!

    Diane
     
  2. Oct 6, 2018 #2

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    Turn your stove burner on low. Hold the grater by the (rubber) handle. Carefully pass the metal part of the grater over the heat. When you see some of the beeswax turn liquid, quickly wipe the melted wax off with a paper towel. Repeat until clean. The point is to not get the metal super hot all over; you only want to gently heat sections just enough to melt the wax. Instead of the stove you can use a heat gun or a candle flame.

    Next time, try this -- line a sheet pan with parchment paper. Pour melted wax in a thin layer over the parchment. Let cool until brittle, using the refrigerator if needed. Remove the wax from the parchment and break the wax into small pieces. Weighing an accurate amount is easier and the thin pieces melt faster.
     
  3. Oct 6, 2018 #3

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    Or you can put the grater in a pot of boiling water - the wax will melt and when the water cools, it will set on top of the water.

    If you are doing a tray pour, run a knife over the wax once it is set but still warm and soft, to get even sized portions for stacking.
    (you'll be pleased you did that later :))
     
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  4. Oct 10, 2018 at 1:37 AM #4

    dbloomingdale

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    The clean up on this was so quick and easy. I would never have thought of it. My grater was cleaned up in SECONDS!
     
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