Quote from: anvilhauler on April 20, 2017, 07:25:54 PM
Being in a land "flowing with milk and honey" the wax from the honey combs gives so many options as it is used for preserving food, as wax for candles and as a waterproofing material. Even the word "wicked" which we use today is from candles and oil lamps.
That would be fascinating if that's true, but can you provide evidence for that? If you just make blanket claims then that would be no different than what you accused Matt of doing in his initial post; not saying that you make blanket claims, but I'd like to see something to back that up.
Thanks for questioning this further Chris.
Yes, sealing food under either fat or wax is a very well established method of food preservation and was used extensively around the world before electricity and refrigeration became common.
Here is some information that is typical on the subject. In Jesus' day if you had wine and you wanted to store it and stop it fermenting to alcohol or further to vinegar then heating and storing under wax or olive oil was the usual process.Meet The World’s Oldest Bottle of Winehttps://futurism.com/meet-the-worlds-oldest-bottle-of-wine-2/
... Moreover, 1,650-year-old bottle was able to make it this far partially because it was sealed with wax, as opposed to a modern cork, which would have rotted long ago. ...
A typical Google search for
"meat" "wax" "preserve" "vessel"https://www.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl#q=%22meat%22+%22wax%22+%22preserve%22+%22vessel%22
A typical result of the search will give information such as http://www.fao.org/docrep/t0562e/T0562E04.htmFat Embedding
A traditional process that is parallel to canning is that of cooking the meat in a vessel that can be sealed under a layer of melted fat and so protected from recontamination.
An example of such a product is mixiria of the Amazon region where the meat is roasted, sliced and sealed in jars. The layer of fat not only protects the meat from contamination but excludes oxygen, however, organisms can survive so the method is not dependable.
The process of fat embedding was tested by the Australian meat trade in the 19th century - beef was packed into barrels and covered with fat heated to 150°C - but superseded by refrigeration.
It is used to a very limited extent in some industrialised countries, in particular for a product called "potted shrimps", which have been cooked in butter and sealed into jars.
Why is that important to me?
In New Zealand here we get thousands of earthquakes a year and this country has even been dubbed "The Shaky Isles". I should have mentioned in the past that it is on television and the radio all the time that people should be fully prepared for major earthquakes and that you have to be able to look after yourselves for quite a period of time because there will be too many people for the usual services to look after in such an emergency. Hence my not being happy with people who don't bother preparing and claim that they are just going to come around to my house.
Anyway. In the event of a major earthquake we will be thrust back in to life in the 1800's and if you still like eating food then it will be quite necessary to take all of the food out of the freezer and pack it into jars and cook on the camp cooker and seal it with a wax layer on top and when cool enough put the lid on it.
In November 2016 (last year) we had a 7.8 earthquake that affected our main highway north. This is what the main highway now looks like.
and there are also major slips all the way along it. Both road and rail are totally out of service and will be for a very long time yet. Anyone keen on the job of being a digger driver when there is the fear of the whole steep hillsides coming down on you and burying you alive? I notice all of the digger drivers are men. You would have to have either guts or a death wish to do what those guys are doing at the moment trying to get that road and rail open again.