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Like @Dawni uses sweet rice flour (which is pretty much the starch), using potato starch might be an easier way to accomplish the same thing. I usually have that around for some of our gluten-free flour mixes. Potato flour is much heavier than potato starch, so I probably would not use that.
 

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When I make hash browns and latkes (which are basically hash browns), I "wash" and drain the grated potato, reserving the liquid in a bowl. The starch sinks to the bottom of the bowl, which I use (only) in latkes to bind the ingredients together. It is this starch (which, like sugar, if basically carbohydrate) that would be useful in soap-making.

So, you could reasonably grate the potato (to increase the surface area that is exposed to the water, thereby releasing more starch), give it a thorough soak in water, drain the liquid into a bowl, and use that collected starch that has sunk to the bottom of the bowl. You can also just buy potato starch from the supermarket (as @AliOop suggested above) and save your potatoes for yummy goodness!
 
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Well, then, if you use potato starch instead of potatoes how much would you use, say, percent of pounds of oil?
 

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When I make hash browns and latkes (which are basically hash browns), I "wash" and drain the grated potato, reserving the liquid in a bowl. The starch sinks to the bottom of the bowl, which I use (only) in latkes to bind the ingredients together. It is this starch (which, like sugar, if basically carbohydrate) that would be useful in soap-making.

So, you could reasonably grate the potato (to increase the surface area that is exposed to the water, thereby releasing more starch), give it a thorough soak in water, drain the liquid into a bowl, and use that collected starch that has sank to the bottom of the bowl. You can also just buy potato starch from the supermarket (as @AliOop suggested above) and save your potatoes for yummy goodness!

Another Latke Lover! My family loves when I fry up a batch! I go through 20 to 40 pounds of potatoes during the holidays, but make them year round as a comfort food.
 

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Another Latke Lover! My family loves when I fry up a batch! I go through 20 to 40 pounds of potatoes during the holidays, but make them year round as a comfort food.
Oh gosh, I daydream about latkes. I daydream about potatoes in general, but latkes....... I like to add grated shallots to my latkes to give it more flavor. This is probably sacrilegious but I top my latkes with shallot yogurt (maast o moosir) that’s made at a local Persian market.

I also make them year-round. In fact, I just decided on what we’ll be having for dinner. 😋 We aren’t Jewish but I enjoy teaching our daughter about different food traditions and the meaning behind it.

Basically, when I’m not thinking about soap stuff, I’m thinking about food stuff. 😂🤪
 

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Basically, when I’m not thinking about soap stuff, I’m thinking about food stuff. 😂🤪
Right there with ya girlfriend!

Now where did I read about adding mashed potatoes to the batter too? @cmzaha was it you?

So I could boil or soak my potatoes and use that water for the lye water, then I could mash or puree some potatoes and add that too? To the oils? And then discount the water by the same amount?

It sounds like what I do for my rice soaps @Misschief and @Dawni. Maybe I should just follow a similar process.
 

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When I make hash browns and latkes (which are basically hash browns), I "wash" and drain the grated potato, reserving the liquid in a bowl. The starch sinks to the bottom of the bowl, which I use (only) in latkes to bind the ingredients together. It is this starch (which, like sugar, if basically carbohydrate) that would be useful in soap-making.

So, you could reasonably grate the potato (to increase the surface area that is exposed to the water, thereby releasing more starch), give it a thorough soak in water, drain the liquid into a bowl, and use that collected starch that has sank to the bottom of the bowl. You can also just buy potato starch from the supermarket (as @AliOop suggested above) and save your potatoes for yummy goodness!
Wonderful idea' great way to get "potato juice". It's been years since I ate hash browns, never had latkes. 💫😄
 

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Right there with ya girlfriend!

Now where did I read about adding mashed potatoes to the batter too? @cmzaha was it you?

So I could boil or soak my potatoes and use that water for the lye water, then I could mash or puree some potatoes and add that too? To the oils? And then discount the water by the same amount?

It sounds like what I do for my rice soaps @Misschief and @Dawni. Maybe I should just follow a similar process.
Today I replaced 4oz of water for frozen rice water' my lye was really gelatinous & I remember straining the rice really well before freezing it.
 

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I did some research on potatoes this morning & interesting to discover " potatoes have "Butyric Acid" the same chemical acid that is in Dairy' Cheese & Butter which is a resistant fatty acid good for gut health, but its description is its colorless liquid w/ an unpleasant order. 🤣 Which can cause soap to stink like barf 🤮 or very unpleasant & stinks as some describe it to be on another thread when using butter or dairy in soap..
 

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Like @Dawni uses sweet rice flour (which is pretty much the starch), using potato starch might be an easier way to accomplish the same thing. I usually have that around for some of our gluten-free flour mixes. Potato flour is much heavier than potato starch, so I probably would not use that.
[/QUOTE Good Idea 💫😉👍🏼
 

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Well, then, if you use potato starch instead of potatoes how much would you use, say, percent of pounds of oil?
I'd probably start with 1 Tbsp PPO like I would with other starches. Might have to give that a go one of these days!
 

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6 months ago I made a batch of soap using around 5oz of pureed potato. I never really did try it after cure since I have so many other soaps to try.

Well, I just pulled a bar out and washed my hand and its great! I had handfuls of huge lush bubbles just running down my arms. Skin feels really nice too, will try it in the shower tomorrow.

I can't find my notes on this batch tonight but I'll locate them tomorrow. If I remember right, it was just a basic recipe made HP.
I think I need to try potato in my reformulated basic recipe so I can really compare lather but so far, I really like what I see.
Did you use regular potatoes 🥔 or sweet potatoes? I’d like more information on this. It sounds like something I want to try. 🥰
 

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Like @Dawni uses sweet rice flour (which is pretty much the starch), using potato starch might be an easier way to accomplish the same thing. I usually have that around for some of our gluten-free flour mixes. Potato flour is much heavier than potato starch, so I probably would not use that.
I just suddenly clicked, tried rice flour in soap as an exfoliant, great lathering, thought it was the recipe rather than the rice starch (face palm). Potato water easy enough to try though
 

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Oh gosh, I daydream about latkes. I daydream about potatoes in general, but latkes....... I like to add grated shallots to my latkes to give it more flavor. This is probably sacrilegious but I top my latkes with shallot yogurt (maast o moosir) that’s made at a local Persian market.

I also make them year-round. In fact, I just decided on what we’ll be having for dinner. 😋 We aren’t Jewish but I enjoy teaching our daughter about different food traditions and the meaning behind it.

Basically, when I’m not thinking about soap stuff, I’m thinking about food stuff. 😂🤪

I here by make you Jewish! I put other things in mine as well. I will get the left over roast chicken or beef and zap it in my food processor to make it about the same size as the Matzo meal. Add it in and you have your protein and starch! A salad will add the veggies and you have a meal even the pickiest kid will eat!
 
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