hot process lard soap recipe and/or tips?

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  1. Craftyshepherdess

    Craftyshepherdess Active Member

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    It's been years since I made any lard soap, and have been dabbling with hot-processing small batches of veg based soap, am looking for a good recipe for a large batch (around 4#) of lard/coconut (and maybe shortening?) in order to use ingredient I have on hand and any tips on adapting recipes for hot process in a crockpot.

    One site I looked at suggested increasing the amt of water to improve consistancy/pourability at the end of the cook, is there a rule of thumb for how much/what % to add? I was going to try an extra ounce of water to a recipe that called for 12 ounces of water, does that sound about right?

    Thanks in advance for your replies, you guys are great!
     
  2. Trisha in WA

    Trisha in WA Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I would think hot processing lard soap would result in a meaty smelling soap...just a guess as I only do cold process.
    Trisha
     

  3. foxpawz

    foxpawz Well-Known Member

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    While we're on the subject of lard. I have leftover lard from way back and it is rancid. Would that show up in the finished product or would I be wasting my time and the other ingredients?
     
  4. Wendy

    Wendy Well-Known Member

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    I only do hot process & I only use lard & coconut oil in it. People LOVE it!
    Mine calls for
    3 pounds of lard
    1 pound of coconut oil
    24 oz. goat milk
    8.5 oz. lye

    I add about 2 oz. of fragrance oil to a batch.
     
  5. Trisha in WA

    Trisha in WA Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Wendy,
    Thanks for clearing that up! I just figured you would be able to smell the lard. I am glad to know you don't!
    Why do you do the hot process? Does the bar "cure" sooner? I have never done a hot process before.
    Thanks,
    Trisha
     
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    halfpint Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I didn't see that anyone had answered this, but I suspect that using rancid oil or lard would give you rancid soap. I wouldn't recommend it.

    Dawn
     
  7. MullersLaneFarm

    MullersLaneFarm Well-Known Member

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    Trisha,
    No, the soap doesn't 'cure' sooner. If your CP soap goes through a thorough gel, it is ready to use as soon as it cools and comes out of the mold.

    The 4-6 week 'cure' is to allow the excess moisture to evaporate, giving you a harder bar that won't disappear in use.

    My HP soaps take longer to harden up compared to my CP soaps because I use less liquid in the CP soaps.

    Foxpawz,
    I've used lard that was just 'turning' in soap and the smell did not come through. If the oil is definitely rancid, I wouldn't use it
     
  8. Trisha in WA

    Trisha in WA Well-Known Member Supporter

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    OK So can someone explain to me the benefits to HP vs CP then?
    Thanks,
    Trisha
     
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    MullersLaneFarm Well-Known Member

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    Since you're adding your EO/FO, additives, et al after saponification takes place, you don't have to worry about the lye 'eating' the benefits.

    Also, you can use less EO/FO PPO, again because of no lye
     
  10. Trisha in WA

    Trisha in WA Well-Known Member Supporter

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    OH! That makes sense! Thanks so much!
    Trisha