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« Reply #20 on: February 17, 2009 02:18:57 PM »

EPIC Fail!  Anybody want to make soap with human fat...I got extra! Not quite sure how to extract it...

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« Reply #21 on: February 18, 2009 12:44:10 PM »

I keep thinking one day I'm going to take all the grease from all the bacon I cook and use it in soap Cheesy
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« Reply #22 on: February 18, 2009 12:51:03 PM »

My great-grandmother used bacon grease in her soap occasionally. From all accounts it smelled awful, but got the job done!!

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« Reply #23 on: February 18, 2009 01:27:53 PM »

Thanks for the complement AND the info.

I've sorta considered using all my grease, including hamburger....seems like a waste to toss it...plus, if I can make soap out of it, and make it not stink, CHRISTMAS PRESENTS!! Cheesy
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« Reply #24 on: February 18, 2009 01:35:10 PM »

I've sorta considered using all my grease, including hamburger....seems like a waste to toss it...plus, if I can make soap out of it, and make it not stink, CHRISTMAS PRESENTS!! Cheesy

I believe (I may be mistaken, you might Google it or see if someone else knows) that the process for rendering, or purifying, bacon grease is the same as the tallow instructions.

I imagine adding any scent to it would make it not stink. Needless to say, scents were difficult to come by in early 1900's rural Arkansas. Smiley
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« Reply #25 on: February 18, 2009 01:40:08 PM »

i have started saving all my grease to use for soap too too. It is not that hard to put a coffee filter over a jar and filter the oil/grease....those old metal bacon grease savers go on ebay for 20 bucks...waay too rich for me....maybe my grandma has an extra one she is willing to part with....since when did people stop selling them?

fyi: those slab soap molds go on ebay for 60 bucks (cheaper than the website  I saw them on and with more bars)...I just bought one, I have  a feeling it will pay for itself after a couple craft shows.....
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« Reply #26 on: February 19, 2009 03:21:42 PM »

Old metal coffee can Smiley Those are great for saving grease lol
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« Reply #27 on: February 19, 2009 03:28:05 PM »

Old metal coffee can Smiley Those are great for saving grease lol

QFT. Old metal coffee cans and wiiiide mouthed canning jars. Smiley
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« Reply #28 on: February 20, 2009 07:14:44 PM »

wow how old school of you.  that pot of fat is el gross.  I think it's really courageous that you tried this!
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« Reply #29 on: March 03, 2009 02:43:40 PM »

My Beloved is an avid hunter.  And, while I'm not 100% comfortable with that for me (I like to go walking in the woods to see the wild animals WITHOUT killing them), I'm fine with it for him because he's not in it for sport and waste.  He's in it to put food on the table.  Also, he uses the hides.  Now, I'm going to lobby hard that he save the tallow for me! Cheesy

I wonder if the process is viable for bear fat? 

Also, he has 2 fireplaces in his house that he runs fiercely in the wintertime.  I've been lobbying hard that he maintain a safe, dry ash pile for me so I can try rendering lye. 

*sigh*  It would be easier to homestead craft on his homestead if I could just settle down with him on the homestead.  *heart yearns*
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