It looks like my soap project is a success and easier then I thought. The hardest part was the first step of chopping up and rendering the lard. When we get our pigs butchered I’ll see if the butcher could grind or mince the lard instead of giving it to me in long, thick strips.
After letting my simple Homestead Soap harden for about two weeks I took a large chunk and using a cheese grater shredded 12 ounces of soap. I put that and 9 ounces of water into a pot and melted it. This step only took about 15 minutes. I then let the liquid cool down to about 150 degrees. To this soap I added lavender oil and about ¼ cup of strawberry seeds. I then poured it into 7 plastic molds – making soap the size you’d have on a sink. Popped this in the freezer for a few hours. After it was frozen I turned the soap out onto some baker’s racks and it will now cure for about 3 weeks and…. ta da! hand milled soap!
It was so simple I created a second batch using chamomile leaves, ginger and lemon. I now have plenty of the Homesteader’s Soap to either use as-is or grate up for my fancier hand milled soaps. I’m marking this up as an “I’ll do this again” project.
Watch out all, you’re getting soap for Christmas gifts!