Hi there!

I’m slowly working towards some simplicity within the home, but hey! It’s a lot of hard work!

I love having a go at growing my own veges and always use herbs fresh from my garden. I try to plant from seed whenever I can and have learnt to save and share my own seed for the following year. I make Award Winning preserves and pickles; and my husband brews Award Winning boutique beers as well. I love to stockpile and try to limit quick trips to the shops. I dabble in bread making and enjoy making my own stocks too.

I enjoy feeding my family good hearty meals, nothing like those tiny restaurant stacks you have to look for on the plate. My husband maintains our vehicles and machinery and we both enjoy fabricating on a small scale mostly relying on metal & timber recyclers for any materials needed.

While I don’t always have time to reply to comments, I love reading them. I hope you enjoy your stay and I hope you learn something new because I love sharing what I learn, and I'm always looking for another new skill myself.


Sunday, February 27, 2011


On Friday I picked up the fat from the butcher, bartering with him, well I gave him a bottle of tomato sauce, a jar of pickles, and a jar of tomato relish.

I was prepared for .50c a kilo, for the fat as previously discussed. Upon handing over my goodies, he said, NO Charge for the fat!!! Brilliant...A butcher I will go to again and again...

So I brought home the fat and put it in the fridge...Over Saturday and Sunday I rendered the fat and turned it into oil for my soap, using it immediately to make the Low Allergy Soap.

First you have to remove any meat and blood spots that remain on the fat.

I then cut the fat into smaller diced pieces and added to the Whizzer.

Mincing the fat in the whizzer.

Melt the fat in a large pot over the stove....it must be on the smaller element on low....

(I once used the largest element and the fat started to smoke, even though it was on low. To save that batch I quickly put the pot of smoky oil in a sink of cold water to reduce the heat of the oil as quick as possible....You have to do this as soon as it smokes....and I can not recommend that it will always be saved. I was just lucky and acted quickly).

After straining the liquid fat, pour it into manageable sized vessels....and leave to set overnight on the bench. You will see that the fat in this jug has set and there is a small amount of waste on the bottom of the jug.

Scoop out the fat away from the waste and return to the stove.....When this was melted again, it formed a skin on the top...Strain it again, if you get this skin on top....you will now have a usable oil for soap making.

Seeing the oil was already melted, I started to make the LOW ALLERGY SOAP.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much for this. I didn't realize it had to be melted twice to clear the impurities.


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