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Paraffin



Paraffin wax is used to seal the tops of jars of jellies and jams, and to coat cheese with.

It is white, with no smell or taste. Not a true wax, it is made from distilled petroleum that is then purified. It can also be made synthetically by converting carbon monoxide and hydrogen to paraffin hydrocarbons, then hydrogenating them, and possibly refining them through activated charcoal. Its formula is C n H 2n+2 (n can be a number between 22 and 27.)

Food grade Paraffin is different from that used for candles.

It is available in solid blocks and bottled liquid.

Some ways in which it is used: