Farmhouse Soap

Lavender Soap

Ok, so my Venison Soap was almost great. Next year I’ll will get it perfect. Here is a very basic, good old fashion soap recipe, just like grandma used. Again nothing fancy but works great for everything from washing your nose to your toes. It can be grated into hot dish water instead of store bought dish soap (it doesn’t suds up like Dawn but will clean your pots and pans just the same)

Dreft“Soap was made in the spring when the weather was warm enough to work outside. All the tallow and fat scraps from butchering were cleaned and  saved over the winter, then cooked in a big black kettle outside. A little soft water was added along with Louise Lye. After it was mixed well, the mixture was poured into lined boxes to harden and cure out. Then cut into bars. Usually a years’ supply of laundry soap was the yield. Should we run out then good old Oxydol which was store bought was used. Dish soap was Deft or Vel– a powdered soap, no liquid soap then. For cleanser to clean kettle bottoms or the stove, wood ashes were used.”
– An excerpt from the family history book written by Grandma

Ok so I won’t leave you guessing the recipe. From what I’ve gathered this is pretty close. I also scaled the recipe way back in case you don’t want a years worth of soap in one batch.

Farmhouse Soap
16 oz Rendered Tallow
2 oz Lye (powdered)
6 oz Water
Slowly heat the fat  to melt and keep at 120 degrees.
Outside combine your carefully measured lye and water. Do this carefully, Lye can be very dangerous.
Allow the lye to cool to 120 degrees.
Combine the lye mixture and fat. Stir briskly until the soap thickens (this will take anywhere from 10 minutes to an hour).
Pour in to your prepared mold and allow to sit for 24 hours.
Remove from the mold, cut into bars and allow to cure for 3 weeks.
This is a low bubbling soap, but a really great all purpose soap.

I have used this recipe for making soap out of kitchen fats from frying bacon, burger sausage ect. I just kept a jar in the freezer and added to it as I had the drippings. When the jar was full it was just over a pound of fat. I would then render it as I did with the raw fat to get any of the extra bits out. Then continue with the recipe above. This soap doesn’t come out pure white like the duck fat soap did but you won’t smell like bacon either. 🙂

I know this recipe is very similar to my Venison Soap but this one works well with beef.

**Soap tip: Putting a thin coat of petroleum jelly in your mold, (like you would grease a cake pan) will prevent the chalky film that usually develops on the outside of your soap.

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