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    Default Wax Cleanup?

    Just wondering if there are any shortcuts to cleaning a grater after grating the wax for lip balm or other products. I used my electric salad grater to do all my wax at once as it's such a messy cleanup job. Tried just putting grater in hot water overnight and thought the wax would come off but it didn't. Some did and some didn't. Should I boil it for 10 min or half hour, will that help or will I have to hand clean every nook & cranny with hot water and cloth?. Or is there any method to clean this grater? Love making stuff but hate the wax cleanup.
    Carol

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    My ? is why are you grater it. Melt in together stir pour and be done with it.
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    Default Re: Wax Cleanup?

    Should I boil it for 10 min or half hour,
    If it has plastic parts I woul NOT boil it !! 180 water should melt the wax.
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    Default Re: Wax Cleanup?

    I am grating it to measure portions for different recipes. I would have wax mess everytime I make something melting it each time, another cup & spoon would be wax mess and grating one time eliminates that as I can measure the dry wax each time. I am going to try freezing one of my grating parts to see if that is easier.
    Carol

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    Default Re: Wax Cleanup?

    I would designate that grater as the wax grater and get another for household use. Much easier than trying to clean all the wax off I think though you have to spend some $$$ for the other.

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    Default Re: Wax Cleanup?

    If you want to grater it each time get an all metal grate and boil it. My wife used to grater it all the time. It is much easier to use a hive tool to cut chunks off and weigh that way. Keep your fingers clear since it is hard to go through wax. I make my bricks thin for ease of use by my wife. I often break up a bunch for her and leave it in a ziplock so she can pull chunks out as needed.

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    Weighing is to go. I can't live with out my scale and the tare button. and fairly cheap these days. Small batches i make in a large creamer pot that pour easy and a pan. I have been know to use a 28oz can for some melting. Stewed tomatoes Sqews the top in a little bight and pour. I all is make up some 1 oz bars for sale and things like this.
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    Default Re: Wax Cleanup?

    I think you are right about weighing chunks as it melts easy once in the mix. Just looked up weight conversion and 1 fluid ounce = 2 tablespoons. So I think after I get this stuff cleaned up I will use my scale. Thanks everyone for your suggestions, I didn't think of weighing it until mentioned as the recipes use other measurements.
    Carol

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    Default Re: Wax Cleanup?

    Melt the wax and pour it through a piece of screen about 3 ft above a pail of COLD water. This will form beads that you can scoop. The screen mesh and height determine the size and shape of the beads. Shotgun BBs are made this way.

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