Friday, October 01, 2010
Making Soap - a.k.a. Soapmaking.~
Step one: getting ready...
I made a two-pound batch of goat milk soap yesterday.
I tried a method that I haven't used before:
Of course, me being me, I HAD to get a
crockpot that matches my kitchen!
For those who would like to know HOW to make goat milk soap,
via a crockpot, I took photos of each step and
will share the recipe and the method
First of all, you need a Recipe:
(click on the photo to enlarge and use mine)
There are many places on the Internet where you can find recipes for soapmaking. Whichever recipe you chose, make sure to check it with the "Soap Calculator" to make sure that it is properly balanced and will produce a bar of soap that is safe to use.
Once you have your recipe and have checked it with your
favorite soap calculator, you want to assemble
the necessary supplies:
Of course you'll need the fats and oils called for in your recipe:
Each oil has it's own properties that it will contribute to the finished soap. To learn about the different properties of some of the most commonly used oils , CLICK here.
Since making soap requires lye,
proper safety equipment is essential!
As is a scale for measuring your ingredients:
Have any additives you chose to use
at hand before you begin to make
I will be grating two, whole, vanilla beans into my batch.
The PH strips are for testing the finished product to make sure that
all of the lye has been consumed in the sopanification process.
To keep one post from being WAY too long, I'm
breaking up my soapmaking tutorial into three
blog posts. Tomorrow, we'll show the steps in actually making the soap.