Soapmaking

Tuesday 3rd June 2014

During our stay in Colorado the lads managed to make a significant dent in my soap supply.  I had to whip up a couple of batches to keep us going.  I keep one container with my soap supplies in the basement, I just needed a nice sunny day as I only make this stuff outside.

First I line the molds with freezer paper.  Each batch makes 2 pounds of soap.

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I melt the oils (coconut, palm, sunflower, vegetable, cocoa butter) and mix the lye with water. Then I have to get both mixtures to the same temperature.

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One of the few tools dedicated to soap making is this stick blender.  It makes short work of getting the soap to the correct consistency.

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When it looks like custard it’s ready for additives.  This batch had peppermint leaves and peppermint oil.  The other batch, just has the peppermint oil.

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I quickly pour into the molds as it starts to set up fast.

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It all goes on the dashboard of the camper, covered with a big blanket to set up overnight.

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The next morning the blocks are hard enough to uncover and cut into bars.

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Another dedicated soap tool is this cheese slicer.  After cutting, I smooth the edges of the bars with a damp paper towel and place back on the dash for a few days to really harden up.  Then they go into a box to cure for a month.  A very important step as the soap is still quite caustic for the first couple of weeks.  In a month these bars will be ready to deliver frothy, creamy, minty goodness.

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2 Responses to Soapmaking

  1. Gina Gluth says:

    You two are certainly living the ‘Good Life’!!!! Do you remember that television series Rose or had you left England when that was on?? Enjoy xxxxxxxGina & Eric

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