R & C candles and soap.
this is the tallow after it was rendered the first time and hardened over night.
the tallow goes back in a pan, and that pan goes in a pan full of water (double boiling).
tallow double boiling
it turns a gross brown color but when it hardens it turns back to white. this second rendering gets even more impurities (gross things) out when you strain it a 2nd time
tying together leftover purple cordage from our wedding to use as a wick for the candles
we added cloves and vanilla to make it smell nice
deer tallow candles! this picture was taken before we trimmed the wicks (that reminds me of a johny cash song…)
measuring out the lye for soap.
mixing the lye with cold water (well done, chemist randy!)
making sure the tallow cools to the right temperature
and making sure the lye was at the right temperature before adding it to the tallow
getting lavender ready to add to some of the soap (we put crushed up rose pedals in one bar)
pouring the tallow in to soap molds (aka: pyrex dishes)
deer tallow soap ready to sit for days and harden! hope it works.
been a fun afternoon in the kitchen. randy was the mastermind behind it all. we may try making laundry detergent in the near future. for now we need to finish butchering my deer. sheesh – i’ll be glad when that’s done.