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Can soap be made from beef fat instead of pig fat? Answered

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blkhawk (author)2010-10-12

It is my understanding that you can use all kinds of fat or tallow. Some soaps are made with vegetable oils.

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redbone43793 (author)blkhawk2010-10-22

Thanks a lot. Since you seem to know about this subject, Do you know what the ratio of how much fat makes how much tallow? I read some where that solid weight (oz) makes approximately half of liquid weight (fluid oz). Is that correct?

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blkhawk (author)redbone437932010-10-22

There is a table with ratios that you need and an instructable about how to make soap.

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orksecurity (author)blkhawk2010-10-12

That's correct. I know someone who sells olive-oil based liquid soaps.

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blkhawk (author)orksecurity2010-10-13
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seandogue (author)2010-10-13

yes.

fwiw, Soap made with olive oil as the primary oil is considered castille soap, if I remember correctly.

I've never used animal fat for soap making, generally, I use either olive oil or a mixture of palm and coconut as the primaries. I prefer coconut/palm, since olive oil based soaps can be tricky and go rancid a bit too easily for my liking.

I don't know the shelf life of animal fat based soaps, but I suspect it's short..

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Re-design (author)Burf2010-10-12

(But it smells like steak)

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Burf (author)Re-design2010-10-12

True, but consider how popular he would be in the canine community.

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