Monday, 29 May 2017

How to Make Tallow Soap

As many of my readers know I do like my soap experiments and have been waiting with great expectancy for Farmer Liz from Eight Acres to finish off her new eBook on how to make tallow soap which I have been wanting to make for some time.  I was very excited when she sent me the draft to have a look at....being a fellow soapmaking addict and all :-) I was a bit surprised though at the price of the eBook...only AU$5 as there is such a wealth of information in it.

Liz starts off by explaining why she makes her own soap and why she chooses to use tallow in her batches. As a farmer it seemed to be the most sensible thing to do when butchering their own beef to keep the fat for soapmaking rather than waste it. 

 
 


She prefers to use all natural products and gives a list of suitable clays, herbs, spices and so on that can be added to enhance the soap.




'What is soap?' makes for a fascinating read as she explains why certain oils, fats and caustic soda are used in the process. A step by step guide to making soap and the equipment you will need are great inclusions for those who want to make their own soap but have been putting it off. I know there are a few of my blog readers who fit into that category. LOL!





10 recipes follow which include a shaving soap for men and soap for cleaning. I can't wait to try some of these out as I have a 'lump of lard' in the freezer which is waiting to be rendered down for soapmaking.




If you would like to formulate your own recipe then she explains how to do that towards the end of the eBook. I can see a few more experiments coming up in the near future.


 



The eBook finishes with instructions on how to render tallow or lard which is going to be very helpful for me soon for my next batch of soap as well as a couple of different ways to make herb infused oils.  I have made lemon balm, lemongrass, lavender, calendula and nettle infused oils and always use the slow method but the fast method is much quicker if you are in a hurry. 

So if you would like to make your first batch of soap or just want to learn more about how to make it with tallow, then go to Make Your Own Natural Soap and the links to Etsy and Amazon are there for you to purchase the eBook. I can guarantee that you are really getting value for money. 


Liz also has other eBooks that she has written previously and they are listed on the sidebar on her blog so check them out. I have the chicken tractor one which I think Liz has changed the title of as it covers much more than just chicken tractors and it is a great resource for those who really know nothing much about keeping chooks...like me :-)

Now where is that lump of lard that I need to render? Watch this space everyone!






6 comments:

  1. Just the word 'tallow' makes me think of the books I loved to read as a preteen about the pioneers and the way they lived on the prairie! I will be waiting with bated breath for the pictures of your tallow soap!!

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    1. Yes Kathy, tallow was used in the 'olden days' I believe. My hubby says his mother used to use it to make soap too.

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  2. Have you rendered the fat? Waiting to see this experiment.

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    1. Deb, no I haven't rendered it as yet. I was waiting till my hubby went fishing in case it was too smelly but he said to just go ahead and do it. It will take days to thaw first though I think as we are going down to 4C tonight.

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  3. Thanks for the lovely review Chel, I am looking forward to seeing your lard soap too!

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  4. You are welcome, Liz. I had better start thawing my lard I think otherwise I will never get it rendered.

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