Step One ... Very Important!
Step one is to get your oils ready and set aside since this is a very quick way of making 100% goat milk soap, even easier than using half water, half goat milk ... Use your own favorite soap recipe. You can add goat milk for water straight across but I drop a few ounces from the goat milk compared to what the water would be. My water amount is 25 oz., I use 23 oz. of goat milk but I've successfully used 25 also. Since I'm fortunate to have access to Nubian goat milk with a high butterfat content, I usually drop my super-fatting to around 3-4%. Step Two
OK, get your favorite recipe out and determine the quantity of goat milk you want to use, pour it in a ziplock and lay it flat in the freezer to totally freeze solid. Flat is important. When that's done (I usually do a bunch at once) take out the frozen 'frisbee' of goat milk, hit it on a hard surface until it breaks up in or hit it with a hammer or however you choose to break it into chunks that will fit into your container. (I drop the bag flat on cement a few times and the pieces seem to shatter nicely and about the right size.) Fairly small pieces but not too small. 2-3' pieces work well. I use one of those large gallon size sun tea/olive jars, but you can use a stainless steel bowl or even a plastic pitcher. Pour all the frozen pieces in the jar, which is sitting in your sink, then just measure the lye and dump it all in at once. YES, at once ... Take the nylon (or wooden) spoon and stir all the lye and milk chunks to coat them all.
Then you keep moving the pieces around with a nylon spoon and they will slowly dissolve and you will absolutely not burn the milk and in fact, it will probably be cool when the milk is completely dissolved. DO NOT warm it, use it as is in oils that have cooled. If you decide to warm it, be aware that it WILL turn yellow or lt. orange. If that's okay with you, go ahead. The melting time is probably less than ten minutes, certainly no more, so don't leave and be ready to make soap. IF you let it sit, it continue to warm and become yellow ... I use it as soon as it's melted, even though it's cool.
Note; You can compensate for the coolness of the milk by making the oils a little bit warmer, perhaps around 110-115 degrees if the low milk temp bothers you but I don't. I use it as is. Step Three
Since your oils are all ready, you put the dissolved goat milk in them right away and continue with normal soap-making process. This method keeps your soap nice and light colored. I know, the milk is cooler than it should traditionally be but trust me, it really works. I've made many, many batches of soap this way. Another plus is, it has little to none of the unpleasant smell that goat milk soap can have for a few days and if it does, it dissipates quickly. One thing is, you DO add just a bit more fragrance with goat milk soap than lye water soap but that's the same no matter how you make goat milk soap.
Enjoy, you'll love this method once you give it a try. Susan Kennedy Any questions, write to me at Susan@oregontrailsoaps.com
Susan Kennedy, OR, entered 2004-06-26