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Homesteader's Tallow Soap

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. *Be sure to use all standard safety cautions when using lye.*
  2. Set up your mold. You'll need to work quickly at the end to prevent the soap from hardening before you get it in the molds.
  3. Weigh and measure out your solid fats- tallow & coconut oil into a bowl and set it to melt in a double boiler.
  4. Measure out the sweet almond oil and set it aside.
  5. In your Mixing Container, measure out the water. (I use this one because it pours easily.)
  6. In a small bowl weigh out the lye.
  7. Once the fat is melted, remove it from the heat.
  8. Fill a roasting pan with ice water and set your Mixing Container with water in it inside.
  9. Slowly, sprinkle in the lye, stirring, until it's all dissolved in the water.
  10. To the melted tallow & coconut oil, stir in the sweet almond oil. (Use a different utensil than you used with the lye.)
  11. Once the temperatures of the liquid fats and lye water are such that they will be about 105-110 degrees when mixed, combine them and stir them together. Check the temperature with the thermometer. If it's too hot, slowly stir while you allow it to cool to the target range.
  12. Using an immersion blender, mix the solution until it saponifies. Either look for trace or monitor the temperature with a thermometer to see the temperature rise 2-3 degrees indicating that the reaction has taken place.
  13. Quickly, pour or spoon your soap into the molds. If it begins to harden up, bang the mold off the counter. (Like you would a cake pan while trying to get air bubbles from the batter before baking.)
  14. Cover it in plastic wrap and set it in a safe place to harden up for 24 hours before cutting. (If using a silicone mold, I pop it in the fridge for a few hours first, just to be sure I don't misshape it while removing it.)
  15. Allow the soap to cure for about 3-4 weeks before using.

Recipe by Reformation Acres at https://www.reformationacres.com/2015/03/homesteaders-tallow-soap.html