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  1. KeepItSimpleSoap

    KeepItSimpleSoap Overview and Results

    @TheGecko Cheryl, Please look at the batch numbers scratched on the bars and let me know which ones that I sent to you. I made ~ 16 batches but I didn't jot down the numbers of the 7 ? that I sent to you. As you test them, I will test the same. Thanks, Greg
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    KeepItSimpleSoap Overview and Results

    @TheGecko I recently sent 7 bars to Cheryl to test for me. It has been a few months. What's up Cheryl?
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    Calling all lardinators! Why do you love lard-based soaps? 🐖

    I use 100% home rendered LARD. I save only bacon drippings. I use the Cold Process. I made 240 bars this past late spring. It was at least 2.5 years of bacon drippings. below is a link to my 2022 effort. KeepItSimpleSoap 2022 soap making effort Keep it simple.....
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    No Immersion Blender

    @TheGecko @Krysam Cheryl. I'm so glad to hear you say that. For the soaping that I did 2 and 3/4 years ago, I was always trying to reach trace before pouring into my soap bar molds. More recently, it took me until after about half of the batches that I made was, once the batter emulsified, get...
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    KeepItSimpleSoap Overview and Results

    @TheGecko I haven't done anything soapy for a while. However earlier this week I mailed a package to Cheryl to check out a bar/s from my last 7 batches. I tracked my USPS package and she received it yesterday. Over the weeks I have sent her several messages though the private conversation...
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    What soapy thing have you done today?

    The soapy things I have done lately. Update 6-15-22
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    KeepItSimpleSoap Overview and Results

    Over the weekend, I got the box with batches 1 through 4 out and numbered each batch. Also I started using a bar from batch #2. I had used McCormick pure orange extract (food grade) as a FO. Either I didn't use enough or the FO evaporated. I t doesn't smell like anything. About 2 batches after...
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    KeepItSimpleSoap Overview and Results

    @Dooleykins Go to post #1 of this thread and I go over how I boil and congeal the LARD 3 or 4 times depending on how many little bacon chips are in it. I made a handy tool to help hold the congealed LARD cake.
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    What soapy thing have you done today?

    The soapy thing that I did today for the first time in two weeks. KeepItSimpleSoap update
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    KeepItSimpleSoap Overview and Results

    After using the first bar out of batch 2022, it is still in use. This soap is durable, and all 240 bars will last more than 10 years. I gave one to the neighbor. She saw a box full of bars of soap and ask what was going on? I told here that it was made from bacon grease and at first she didn't...
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    KeepItSimpleSoap Overview and Results

    Batch 16 turned out to be 17.4 oz of oil. This is the first time I did 2 separate batches in the same day. 12 more bars. 2.5 years ago I processed about 11 pounds of Rendered LARD. This time 2022 over a 7 week period I processed ~26 pounds. I'm all out of LARD and I only had to throw out 3...
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    What soapy thing have you done today?

    Here are some soapy things that I have done this week. KeepItSimpleSoap results
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    KeepItSimpleSoap Overview and Results

    Saturday my first batch got to the 7 week mark. Somehow I figured wrong and originally didn't think it would be ready until the 24th. I had used a FO which is not a tested one. It seems ok and doesn't burn my skin. @AliOop I'm still doing a 48 hour refrigeration process so that I can get them...
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    KeepItSimpleSoap Overview and Results

    Saturday afternoon I did my first double batch. (batch 12-13). 6-6 cavity molds for 36 bars. It was a bit messy. I think that I will stick to 18 per batch. The batter was the thinnest that I have ever poured and poured it right after it emulsified. It looks like it will take a few days for the...
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    KeepItSimpleSoap Overview and Results

    Earlier in April I was having an issue with some untested FO that I had purchased. A Forum user here was kind enough to fix me up with some FO samples. Thanks Cheryl. Also thanks to @AliOop for helping me with a recipe issue. Here is a picture of one of the FOs that I used. I've used this, Fresh...
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    What soapy thing have you done today?

    Yesterday I created a thread of my own that has my soapy things in it. It has a history of how I got stared in this all the way up to now, current May 2022. Link on next line. KeepItSimpleSoap Overview and Results
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    KeepItSimpleSoap Overview and Results

    This may end up being very wordy as I intend to explain how this all started, and it may as well serve as an introduction to people who have joined the group after me as well as an introduction to those veterans that don't "study" the other user's info and posts here. Also I will be posting my...
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    What soapy thing have you done today?

    @Zany_in_CO I'm glad that we all are aware of that!
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    Your favorite stick blender

    Here is my inexpensive stick blender that I purchased from Wal-mart online. Our local superstore had a different one on the shelf for ~ $89-. I ordered this online for $22- delivered. It came right to the house and fit in the mailbox. The top button is a pulse button that doesn't lock. My first...
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    What soapy thing have you done today?

    @Relle That's funny. I added a picture for a couple of users here that came across to me as doubters because they couldn't "SEE" what I was saying. My soapy thing for today is to finish the LARD rendering and a couple of more batches to finish this all up. It's several weeks into gardening...
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