Viewing renwings's Garden Diary: Hot Process Soap in a Crockpot
Wednesday, April 4, 2007
I'm going to assume you already have attempted to make Soap. I may have time to consider those that haven't at some later date. Dmail me to remind me!
Turn your Crockpot on to high. Weigh all your fat and add to pot and wait till it all melts. Remember that a watched pot never boils, so go do the dishes or something.
Tuesday, April 3, 2007
Adding Lye and getting a trace
After the fats have melted prepared you're lye mixture. Be careful. Use Caution.
Add it to the fat slowly as you stir.
I donít have to wait on a certain temp when making soap now. I used to, and haven't noticed a significant difference in my soap.
Using a stick blender will save you a lot of time as you mix the lye and fat. Stir until you reach trace. Keep stirring and soon you will approach a thick trace. Your mix may look much more opaque.
Put the top on and leave it alone.
Monday, April 2, 2007
Get your colors and fragrance ready if you haven't already.
In about 10 min, your soap should look really thick. It would be difficult to stir. Put that top back on, you're looking for separation. You'll see liquid fat and soap all swimming in there together. When you see that, keep the cover on don't leave!
You will need to stir it at regular intervals to keep it from crawling out of the pot. We're speeding up the saponification process that takes weeks in cold process soap.
At some point it may start looking like applesauce. Keep stirring. We're looking for mashed potatoes, at which point you take the crockpot out of the base and keep stirring til you have fluffy, thick mashed potatoes.
Sunday, April 1, 2007
Adding Color and Fragrance and Finishing
If you like, now is the time to add fragrance and color. Lot's of people like the marble look, which works well with this soap.
Add the fragrance oils to the mix in the pot and mix it in.
Take a few globs of soap out and mix it with your color in a separate dish. Add the color blob back to the pot and stir a bit, careful not to over stir.
Be sure to prepare your mold by spraying it with cooking spray. HP soap does not release very well.
Spoon your soap into the molds and tap in against the counter until you are sure there are no more air pockets. Smooth our the top of the soap if you like, some people like the nubby texture.
Let the soap cool and harden. It is ready to use at that point.