Saturday, December 29, 2012

NEW SOAP

I was off work today and made some more unscented honey oatmeal soap. But first I found that I didn't have enough tallow so I spent several hours rendering tallow.


I got new knives from my son and daughter in law for Christmas....can you tell?



During this time I decided to melt and store some of the smoked tallow I rendered last week over an open fire. I was sure it was ruined because of how it smelled....very smoky....but decided rather than waste it I would make a batch of soap and if nothing else I could use it as a degreaser soap for when I had been working outside. Here is what it looked like melted:


Here is the soap cooking in the crock pot




 

When it was 30 min from being done, I got out my cool little chopper




 



 
And I chopped some oats for the soap




Added my super fats: cocoa butter, coconut oil and shea butter


Added 4 oz of honey and 2 T of vegetable glycerine



 
Cooked it for 30 more minutes on low. Poured it into the box that I am using for a mold.
 


 


And put the lid on the let it cool. Tomorrow I will take it out and cut it into bars.
 


 


 

Monday, December 10, 2012

SOAP MAKING

I am on vacation for two weeks! And my boss just texted me and told me the company just gave us Christmas Eve off paid too so I don't have to go back til the 26th!!!

So today will be spent inside cleaning and making soap. But first I have to prep for soap. Here I took some of my harvested rain water and filtered it twice.


I purchased suet from my local butcher and rendered the first 20 lb into tallow. Warning do this in small batches and if you can do it outside. Filter with stuff you can throw away like layers of cheese cloth. Don't wash it in your sink or washer or you will have a plumbers bill. Tallow takes several boilings in water and then I still melt it and filter it at the end to make sure it is pure. I store it in quart canning jars and cool with the lids off until I am ready to use it.




This is my greasing rod. I used this to grease my pvc soap molds. I used 3 socks that had no matches, in a ball and used an old towel over it and then held it onto the rod with a heavy rubber bands.


 

I went to my local ACE and purchased 3 inch PVC which they cut into 12 inch lengths. To figure how much soap one will hole it takes a little math.

PI = 3.14 (aprox)
The radius of a 3" PVC pipe is 1.5"
The formula is PI x radius squared x length = volume
In this case 3.14 x 2.25 x 12 = 84.78
Multiply the volume x .4 to get this lb of oil you will need
84.78 x .4 = 33.91 oz of oil for the recipe to fill each of these. Now this is on paper. I haven't actually used this formula yet. I will update at the bottom if it fills or over fills the mold.


Because I hate to waste anything....here are the paper towels I used to wipe out the bowls, pots and pitchers that I used when filtering the tallow. Don't throw these away! I found an old wooden tabogen at a flea market. All it needed is a good waxing. I will use these tallow rags to do just that!


I have also taken an inventory of oils. I have:
16 oz palm oil
16 oz raw cocoa butter
16 oz shea butter
10 lb honey
15 oz coconut oil
1 qt soybean oil
101 oz extra virgin olive oil
4 oz vitamin e oil
1 pint infused calendula oil
1 pint infused comfrey oil
1/3 pint infused tumeric oil
1 lb bees wax
4 oz of kadlin white clay
LOTS of essential oils

And a tired kitty snoring on my shoulder which makes it hard to get up and make soap! 

I dedicate my soap making to my wonderful kids, kid in law, and grand kids. They seem to appreciate me like no one else does.
 
Update; I felt the soap and it was really hard after just a few hours. I was worried that I would not be able to get it out. However my fist fits in the 3" pvc and I just simply shoved it out. This gave me confidence because my second batch of soap failed horrible and I had to dump it out back because it smelled so bad....(note to self...don't fall down the steps in the dark with a scalding hot caudron of oil and lye). Now I am sitting with my sore ankel up. Not sprained just sore. But here is my first loaf tonight. This is orange blossom/mandrin/bergamot. It smells heavenly.


A little raggedy but I will smooth them out in a few days after they cure a little.

Friday, November 23, 2012

HEALING OINTMENT

Last night i made infused oil with comfrey and calendula. Tonight i made ointment with it.


 

Is this not a wonderful shade of green.

 
 




 

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

MORE FIRE CIDER

This stuff kicks allergies and sinus infections well!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Dehydrating

Top shelves are spaghetti sauce and bottom is more sweet potatos

FIRE CIDER

Chopped home grown horse radish, garlic, onion, grated fresh ginger and 1/4tsp cayenne pepper covered with apple cider vinegar. Make your now and steep 4 weeks. Then strain and mix with honey to boost your immune system and treat sinus infections.

Dehydrating sweet potatos

Time to make laundry soap

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Sweet tators

I BOUGHT 44 LB OF SWEET POTATOS FROM A FARM STAND. LATER I REALIZED I SPENT ABOUT 3 TIMES WHAT THE SELLING AMOUNT IS AT WALMART. SORRY IF I WAS PAYING ATTENTION I WOULD NOT HAVE BOUGHT THEM...BUT I DID SO I WILL MAKE THE BEST OF IT.
 
 
 
 
 
 

First fire of the season was Saturday

 
Canned 20 LB of hamburger

THESE ARE SOME STORAGE ITEMS.

I WILL BE SAMPLING THESE TO SEE HOW THEY TASTE. IF THEY ARE GOOD I WILL BE USING THEM TO MAKE MEALS IN JARS. IT TOOK A LONG TIME OF READING LABELS TODAY AT THE LOCAL VIETNAMESE MARKET SO I WOULD NOT BUY SOMETHING WITH MSG IN IT. NONE OF THESE ITEMS HAVE THIS.
 
YES IT IS REALLY MADE OF BANANAS
 
 
FOR MY PORTABLE STOVE
 
WHAT IS ROAST RICE POWDER FOR?
 
 
ABOVE ARE SHEETS OF DEHYDRATED MASHED SWEET POTATO. BELOW IS POWDERED DEHYDRATED SWEET POTATO.