Instead of a laborious and depressing sunday sermon I may just make soap today.
I have so many molds that I bought a tool chest and turned it into my mold index. Silicone molds are insanely tough but they are also fragile and I don’t want some enterprising mouse to come poop in one, or something. So a locked steel trunk seemed like a good idea – besides, it lets me pretend to be “organized.”
When you’re making a batch it’s always a good idea to have more molds than you need, ready to go. That way you don’t wind up with a pan full of congealed soap. Oddly, soap is very hard to clean out of things until it has sat long enough to saponify.
Pictured open end up is one of my legendary “lost donut process” donut molds. If anyone wants a steel donut or a brass donut I can provide one, just let me know. (The hard part about brass and steel donuts is polishing them with steel wool – it’s a lot of work. So if you want one you’ll get an unpolished one.)
There are also some things you want to have at room temperature and other things you need to warm to melt.
Cocoa butter (in the kettle!), shea butter, beeswax – those all congeal very fast. Almond oil congeals very slowly. Your recipe needs to take into account local conditions.
It occurs to me that I could make colored soapmascus but I’m not going to. I have enough trouble with the steel stuff, I don’t need to court disaster with my soap-making process, too.
When the molds are dry I’ll warm up the cocoa butter and measure out all the ingredients and make some soap!