I've been wanting to try soap made with tallow for a while as it's supposed to be harder than that made with vegetable or olive oils. I've also been wanting to try hot process soapmaking so the soap can be, theoretically, used sooner.
The recipe I used is:
Rice Bran Oil 400g
Beef Tallow 350g
Lye(in the plastic container) 142g
Lemon Myrtle essential oil 12 drops
and I prepared it mostly like I would if I was making cold pressed soap with the only difference being the cooking at the end of the process.
Melting the oil/copha/tallow
After using a stick blender to achieve heavy trace
Halfway to cooked
Next morning - the soap set in the mold
Bottoms up to cut
Finished blocks of soap averaging 136g each. They are still a bit spongy so will need some time to dry out and will lose a little weight in the process.
I think I'll need to cook them on a higher heat next time as it took quite along time on low. It will be interesting to see how long it takes for these to harden compared to cold process. From what I've read they should have been useable as soon as they are cut but I think the elevation here coupled with the soft rainwater used may have some effect on the hardness of the soaps.
Another three challenges to cross off my to-do list - rendering fat, making soap using tallow and making hot process soap :D.
I'm on a roll!
Thanks for dropping by,