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« on: February 10, 2009 09:58:29 AM »

Being last weekend was such a tease of spring, I thought what better to soap than with ....
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A month or so ago, I stewed up a bunch of yard birds that were really too old the freeze for roasting or frying.  There was a wonderful golden layer of chicken oil on top of the stewing water.  Waste not, want not so into a canning jar it went.  I used a double boiler (canning jar in pan of water) to gently warm the oil, then strained it for storage.

In my usual soap recipe, I substituted part of the lard and part of the sweet almond oil with the chicken oil.

All y'all have already seen the final result ... you just didn't know that the Pepper Zest was actually a 'Spring Chicken' soap!!

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« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2009 10:25:24 AM »

... I am so absolutely speechless, lol. ONLY you, Mullerslane! That's pretty cool and I can honestly say this never would have occurred to me because I've never heard of it. I suppose my first reaction would be to wonder if it smells like chicken, but I guess not!

This is certainly full of "win!" Great entry!  Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2009 10:55:15 AM »

SAY WHAT???

I have never heard of that..but of course it would work right..fat is fat..but chicken..aaahhh...that is great..

I love it..

I loved the soap and love it more now that I am thinking it smells like KFC's ..hehe..
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« Reply #3 on: February 11, 2009 01:02:50 AM »

It actually looks, smells and act a lot like fresh rendered emu oil.

I was going to use rabbit oil, but didn't have any left
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« Reply #4 on: February 12, 2009 07:21:53 AM »

On my Yahoo group (Tallow_Soapers) we've had "Exotic AO Swaps"

I've used oil from skunk, raccoon, rabbit, oppossum, couger, deer, elk, buffalo, chicken, geese, mink, reigndeer ...  Amazing stuff, various Animal Oils
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« Reply #5 on: February 16, 2009 10:22:59 AM »

i gotta try some of this.....chicken soap. hehe...it even sounds awesome.
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« Reply #6 on: February 16, 2009 03:44:25 PM »

O.o hahaha, I'm sort of speechless. And out of curiosity, how did the other AO's smell? aka, did Skunk reek or smell really perfumy? Haha.
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« Reply #7 on: February 17, 2009 05:43:42 AM »

Rendered oil smelled like, well, rendered oil. 

The skunk's scent sac is separate & you have to very, very careful to keep it intact when getting the fat off. You don't even want the fat to touch the fur. That smell is soooo potent!
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« Reply #8 on: February 17, 2009 12:34:26 PM »

How much oil do you get from a skunk? I mean, they're not horribly fatty animals, are they? But then neither are chickens, I suppose. How many chickens did it take to get enough oil for the soap? (approximately, I don't expect an exact headcount  Cheesy) You said "a bunch" but I'm just curious. Since I don't have issues with animal fats, you have definitely piqued my interest! Also, what PART of the chicken fat do you use? I know with beef you use the suet around the kidneys and stuff... Inquiring minds!!

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« Reply #9 on: February 17, 2009 01:36:13 PM »

Well, beginning of winter I canned 42 quarts of chicken ... about 47 birds.

About halfway through canning or so I figured I should probably keep the fat and render it instead of giving it back to the birds.  I don't have a clue how many I used...

as for skunk, the fat is under the skin.  Depending on how cold a winter it is (and when you catch them), the fat can be variable.  Skunks in the spring & summer have very little fat.  Going into winter they have a lot.

some native american peoples used skunk oil to help arthritis  (yes it DOES help)
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« Reply #10 on: February 18, 2009 11:48:15 AM »

I'm not even sure what to say about this.........  I guess its very ingeniuos and, you said it.  Waste not want not......
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« Reply #11 on: February 18, 2009 07:32:32 PM »

This is so great, everybody likes chicken, right? I didn't realize your chicken flock was so big! And it's sooo pretty, I love the colors you used and how feathery your swirl came out!
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« Reply #12 on: February 19, 2009 03:13:21 PM »

HAHA I'm guessing the skunks are probably trapped, but when I read this... "(and when you catch them)"  I TOTALLY had an image of someone chasing around a terrified skunk that uh, I guess forgot about its stink powers.

Out of curiosity, does chicken oil have any known health benefits? Since you mentioned the skunk's, haha.
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« Reply #13 on: February 20, 2009 06:20:17 AM »

About halfway through canning or so I figured I should probably keep the fat and render it instead of giving it back to the birds.  I don't have a clue how many I used...


cannibal chickens?? lol.....I just got an awesome visual of that.....

but seriously, is it ok for the chickens to use products made from other chickens?

I ask because one time I saw one eat a nugget with no problem
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« Reply #14 on: February 23, 2009 09:19:35 AM »

This is so great, everybody likes chicken, right? I didn't realize your chicken flock was so big!

We raise at least 100 meat chickens a year and have a flock of egg layers numbering somewhere between 25 and 50 
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« Reply #15 on: February 23, 2009 09:21:56 AM »

About halfway through canning or so I figured I should probably keep the fat and render it instead of giving it back to the birds.  I don't have a clue how many I used...


cannibal chickens?? lol.....I just got an awesome visual of that.....

but seriously, is it ok for the chickens to use products made from other chickens?

I ask because one time I saw one eat a nugget with no problem

chickens are omnivores just like us.  It's the protein in the bugs they eat while freeranging that gives the yolks such a pretty orange color.

My chickens are actually better mousers than my cats.
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« Reply #16 on: February 23, 2009 08:01:28 PM »

My mum's chickens used to eat frogs as well as mice.
I never realised that you can use so many different animal fats in soap making....
Very interesting.
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« Reply #17 on: February 24, 2009 05:19:52 AM »

I had no idea that chickens were omnivores.  I guess it makes sense but I just never thought of them eating anything other than feed.
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