Easier way to use blocks of beeswax

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    Sophie
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    So, a couple months ago i visited a relative who keeps bees, and of course i couldn’t leave without a big star shaped (!) block of super fragrant and quite sticky beeswax. She told me to melt it again and strain because it has some residue and a bit of honey which is why it smells so awesome but is sticky as hell. I thought of pouring it into little ice cube or chocolate molds. I bought one with mini cakes, each cavity holds approximately 5 mls of water for a total of 70 mls for 15 cavities. As it seems, i’ll have to do a lot of chopping and melting to transform this half kilo of beeswax to manageable pieces.
    So, how do you handle beeswax? Any ways you’ve found to make cutting and weighting it easier?

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    Penny
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    I buy kilo blocks of beeswax from the farmer, but I pay them a little more for them to make sure the block is pretty much just beeswax. When I get home, I set up my double boiler (large fry pan with a stainless steel bowl), add my water, and let it melt down. Once it’s melted I pour the beeswax into small sized soap/chocolate molds. Let them sit, unmold and toss into large ziplock bags.

    Doing it this way, I’ve one bowl to clean out, and I just reheat it and wipe it out. Very easy to clean.

    #18490
    Cynnara
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    I do what Penny does or I’ll cheat further. I’ll pour it on silicon lined sheet pans in thin layers. Let it cool, then crack them into thin strips. That allows my to have thin, easy to melt pieces without worry. I admit I prefer white beeswax when working with certain projects, but for certain things, local beeswax to help reset my allergies before my evil irritation sets in is fabulous.

    #18608
    Zil
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    I grate it like cheese. Not the easiest but i think the end product

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