Step 4: Purify the Fat

The first thing you have got to do with the rendered bacon fat is to purify it. When it comes out of the bacon pan or storage jug or rendering pan it will most likely have lots of little bacon bits in it. We don't want any of those to get into the soap because they would most likely turn rancid at some point and mess up the curing process. To purify the fat you need to first warm it up slowly and get it boiling with a bunch of added water in a pot. I put my containers of fat into a hot water bath to melt the fat first so I could get the lard out of the containers and into my pot.

Once the fat was soft enough to pour/scrape out of the containers I added them into a big pot and mixed my fat (about 4 cups worth) with 8 cups of water. The fat shouldn't be boiled alone. Use about two times as much water as fat you would like to purify.

With the liquid bacon fat and water in the pot I then slowly heated the mixture and brought it to a slow boil (do this process gradually so it doesn't splatter everywhere). I let it simmer for a little more than an hour - at which point it reduced its volume significantly and visually appeared cleaner - although it didn't smell any better. Take the mixture off of the heat and transfer it to the refrigerator until it solidifies again.

(Check out the refrigerator the bacon fat is cooling in - have you ever seen so many veggies? I hope the bacon fat didn't feel self conscious in there.)

Once the fat solidifies (2-8 hours depending on how much fat you have and your fridge temp) you have to get the fat cake out of the pot and into yet another big pot. At this point your trying to pour just the fat into the new pot - leave the watery substance and the bacon bits that have separated to the bottom of the fat glob behind - you want just the pure fat cake thats sitting on top of your water and nasty bacon bits. I used my hands to do this as just pouring it into the new pot will prevent you touching the fat glob, but won't yield quality results.

Take the solidified purified fat and return it to the stove. You want to heat it up just so it turns into a liquid. Try not to make it too hot, it will be important to have it at the right temperature in the next step.

Sold, liquid, solid, liquid - make up your mind fat!

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<p>Didn't see anyone asking this crucial question so I'll ask... You mention not getting metal anywhere near it because of Lye reacting to it but your hand mixer has a metal blade on it. I have one just like it. Is there a point in the mixing process where introducing metal to the mix is ok?</p>
<p>Stainless steel is actually fine for working with lye... I use stainless steel and certain types of plastics (PP#5). I also use pyrex for mixing sometimes but don't let lye sit in it for long because it will sometimes &quot;etch&quot; the glass.</p>
<p>Excellent, good to know. Thanks for the info.</p>
Just wanted to say that I love your idea and stumbled upon it while I render the tallow from 7 rib eye roast fat caps. I had a bunch after a catering job I did and thought it would be fun to make steak soap!
I just made a batch myself. my first with bacon grease. I use a lye calculator to formulate how much oils, lye and water to use. I don't have the link handy or I'd share. it smelled very bacony while I was making it but the bacon scent has faded. I added a little liquid smoke to it as well. it made beautiful soap. one thing I need to add, when mixing the lye and water, make sure you're in a well ventilated room. those fumes will hurt you as well. after about 10 minutes the fumes will stop and it'll begin to cool down.
<p>I found these directions from 1833 on how to make soap. <br><a href="http://www.epic-soap.com/how-to-make-organic-soap-1833/" rel="nofollow">http://www.epic-soap.com/how-to-make-organic-soap-...</a></p>
I have to say, this made me really really sad... All that wasted bacon...<br><br>may have to try this sometime though! I just don't know when I'll have enough bacon to waste to do it. Would it also work to buy a tub of lard and use that?
It's not wasted!<br>It's a perfectly good excuse to cook and eat enormous amounts of bacon!
<p>I second that, Archive!</p>
@ thecheatscalc -- You don't have to waste bacon when you do it... just save up the grease from a few breakfasts. My grandma had a grease can that she poured grease into. When it is full then you can turn it into soap. I am totally going to try this recipe!
Wasted bacon. Unless somebody washes your mouth out with it?
meh i guess if your gonna wase bacon like that this IS one of the better ways
this is weird. In my country only poor people do this... with extra fat from pigs... and some detergent... but is low quality soap... and too strong for skin... but nice that u like to work
<p>If its so weird why are you here</p>
Not sure if it is a different recipe where you're from. This soap is not necessarily too strong for the skin, we use it in the bath all the time. It is also great for relieving itching due to poison ivy!
You can also put your tongue very near the soap, or on the soap. If it tingles like a 9 volt battery, it needs to cure longer.
<p>Hahahaha thats funny.</p>
<p>Good Job, But , I use my bacon fat in seasoning green beans or making country gravy. I would just use old fashion lard instead.</p>
All your links are still dead.
Bacon soap is wonderful and I use mine in many ways,washing floors,washing walls,washing hands ,making laundry detergent. I collect bacon fat from our town community brunches. <br>
The link listed above is dead, but it's a really great article by a chemical engineer, and it's got lots about safety: http://waltonfeed.com/blog/show/article_id/175
Thank you so much for posting this! The question for me is if the soap had a strong bacon smell to it? I would like to use bacon fat for soap, for utilitarian/allergy purposes but wonder if it has an overt smell that might be masked by a fragrance. I.e. I want to make regular allergen-free soap (except for the fragrance).
My grandparents always used old bacon grease to make their lye soap, and it did not have any real bacon scent after saponification. The scent of this particular soap is most likely all due to the bacon bits. You can also add fragrance oils to plan lye soap to give it a more &quot;soapy&quot; scent. The plain soap is pretty neutral.
I see this is an older thread, so im not sure if your still doing this or not...<br><br>BUT To marble your soap use a toothpick. I think a longer, plastic implement might be better, like a plastic fork with 2 tines removed. Lay down a thin layer of red, then a thin layer of white and have a friend drag the fork though the soap longways. Dont lift the fork out till you get to the end, then left straight out and start again at the beginning. doing this 2-3 times should give you a good effect.
The Walton Feed link broke. Here's an update, for the interested reader:<br> <br> <a href="http://waltonfeed.com/blog/show/article_id/165" rel="nofollow">http://waltonfeed.com/blog/show/article_id/165</a><br>
This was probably said 1,000 times but...<br><br>WHY WAS THERE BACON IN THE SOAP!!!
So you'll taste better? Was that a trick question?
It was quite clearly stated. The &quot;Bacon bits&quot; (Actually artificial and, in fact, vegan) were in the soap to provide flavour and to act as an exfoliating agent.
My favourite part about the fridge picture would have to be the Henckle's knives' block! A good chef is nothing without good knives!
this project is hilarious.<br/>to create more realistically-marbled soap, it might work if you think of painting the white streaks onto both sides of the strip of soap, as opposed to having bacon that's actually marbled in cross-section. kind of like the technique used to paint the mold when making multicoloured chocolates. <br/><br/>maybe you could <strong>streak the mold </strong>with a little bit of white soap drizzled from a spoon. make &quot;fat stripes&quot;, but leave gaps. let it harden a bit. then pour red soap to fill the whole mold with &quot;meat&quot;- the red will show red through the gaps you left when you applied the white streaks. let it harden a bit. lastly, take a bit more white and streak the top side of the bacon with &quot;fat&quot;.<br/><br/>not sure how fast the soap hardens, so this may not be practical- maybe making plain red strips, then unmolding them and painting white on them by hand is the way to go. either way, i think the key lies in making the fat streaks superficially.<br/>
I think laying down two separate layers of fat and meat like your suggesting is a good idea. All my soap hardened at the same time, but staggering the batches a bit so you could lay down first the fat and then the meat would probably result in some great marbling. Superficial painting of the bacon might get a bit complicated since the soap actually wears down pretty quickly and you would lose the marbled effect after the first few uses. I think some combination of the piping system suggestion that crapflinger suggested coupled with a two part marbling process would be what I will try in my next batch of bacon soap. Should there ever be another batch of bacon soap... Thanks!
or ask for another set of hands. couldnt you<br> pour two or three frosting bags at the same time
If you use the fat to make your soap, what are you going to use to fry your eggs the next morning???
Tyler Durden: The salt balance has to be just right, so the best fat for making soap comes from humans. <br>Narrator: Wait. What is this place? <br>Tyler Durden: A liposuction clinic.
I noticed you used ice cube molds for the soap. You can also use candle molds, soap molds, or chocolate molds. Just find the shape you want. Or line a square container, like tupperware, with plastic wrap, pour soap in. After it hardens, remove soap block and cut it into rectangles.
I was thinking you could use some of those antique cast iron or steel muffin pans. Some are made in unusual shapes.
I`m a part time teacher in vocational school in Finland and we made soap in our laboratory. The used oil should be long chained fat. for example risin oil.(not sure for the right translate). we also added salt(NaCl). but when you make soap in home I ques the salt containing in the household water is enough.
The salt or other additives to the local water would vary from one area to another. I recall that there was a distinct aroma of sulfur in the tap water in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
and i just found out that the meaning of adding salt is to help separate the formed glycerin. so it is not necessary.
Finally! I've always wanted to know how to make bacon soap!
Not very Muslim friendly, I suppose...
And definitely traif... Not Kosher.
Only if you plan on eating it.

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